"Communications Director Writer Editor in NYC NY Resume Gail Schiller"
GAIL R. SCHILLER Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 11365 (347) 752-8944 email@example.com gailschiller.com SUMMARY Communications/Publications Director with extensive experience as a reporter, writer and editor for Reuters, the AP and The Hollywood Reporter. Excellent track record in organizing newsworthy events and placing stories in the print/broadcast/online media. Proven ability to launch, edit and oversee print and online publications. Skilled in social networking, web content development, layout and design, WordPress and basic HTML. Experience in staff management, media training, public speaking and giving TV interviews. Superb writing, editing and copyediting skills. Reputation for building solid relationships with PR clients and journalists. Established contacts and expertise in media, politics, health care, education, foreign affairs, entertainment, business and marketing. CORE COMPETENCIES Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Press Releases, Story Pitching and Placement, Media Training, Event Planning, Publications, Online and Print Journalism, Writing and Editing, Social Media, Web Content, Blogging PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AWAKEN PR, Founder – New York, N.Y. 2012-present; 2008-2009 Develop media strategy, plan events, conduct media training, write news releases and execute traditional and digital PR campaigns for non-profits, universities, hospitals, websites and small businesses Extraordinary track record of success such as coverage in over a dozen top-tier media outlets including USA Today, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune for JPEF, a little-known non-profit TOURO COLLEGE, Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Director of Publications – New York, N.Y. 2009-2012 Launched, Touro Links magazine, the first-ever alumni magazine for Touro College’s Division of Graduate Studies. Wrote, edited and copyedited all articles and content, selected photographs and graphics and directed layout and design as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, which also served as a marketing and recruitment tool Spearheaded initiative to create online version of the magazine and directed IT team in design of initial Touro Links website, www.touro.edu/tourolinks. Utilized WordPress platform to upload content and photos to the site Consulted with Touro’s PR and marketing departments on press releases, media strategy and brand messaging Advised graduate school deans, top-level administrators and professors on message development Assisted in writing and editing of graduate school brochures, catalogues and speeches of college deans THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Marketing Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif. & New York, N.Y. 2004-2008 Established new area of branded entertainment coverage for The Hollywood Reporter, writing extensively about the production of branded content across TV, film, the Internet, mobile devices, video games and music Covered breaking news and wrote in-depth features and analyses on film and television marketing, licensing, promotions, branding, online marketing, sponsorships and advertising Reported on the placement of political and pro-social story lines in film and television, Hollywood public affairs campaigns, programming tied to the presidential primaries and advocacy groups that work with Hollywood Interviewed as industry expert by CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and the Starz Channel, among others Covered film premieres and entertainment events; interviewed celebrities, top Hollywood directors, producers and studio executives L.A. FOR CLARK, Media Director, Celebrity Liaison, Member Of Executive Leadership Committee – Los Angeles, Calif. 2003-2004 Wrote news advisories and press releases and supervised all other aspects of public relations and media outreach for Gen. Wesley Clark’s grassroots presidential campaign in Los Angeles Supervised speech writing, speakers’ bureaus, “rapid response” efforts to counter negative press about Gen. Clark, and the writing of newsletters, articles and website material. Directed the work of dozens of professionals volunteering for the campaign Planned campaign events and orchestrated political, union and celebrity endorsements of Gen. Clark Arranged for Hollywood celebrities to speak at Los Angeles-area fundraisers, rallies and other campaign events GAIL R. SCHILLER PAGE 2 REUTERS NEWS AGENCY, Part-Time General News Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif. 2003-2004 Covered variety of general news stories such the worst wildfires in California history, the heightened U.S. terror alert and sexual allegations against Michael Jackson ASSOCIATED PRESS, Part-Time General News Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif. 2003 Covered politics, government, natural disasters, entertainment, crime, lifestyle and many other news stories and features for the AP’s Los Angeles bureau; Stories included California’s historic gubernatorial recall election OLAM MAGAZINE, Associate Editor – Los Angeles, Calif. 1998-2002 Hired freelance writers, developed and assigned article topics, provided editorial guidance to writers, edited articles for publication and wrote headlines. With a circulation of 1 million, Olam was distributed in major U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post FREELANCE WRITER – Los Angeles, Calif. 1995-1998 Worked as researcher/writer on several books and proposals including Powerful Prayers by Larry King Served as a freelance reporter for People, Newsday, The Boston Globe and Newsweek REUTERS NEWS AGENCY, Business/General Assignment Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif. 1994-1995 Responsible for general assignment business reporting in the Los Angeles area with most coverage focused on the entertainment and health care industries. Reported on general news including the 1994 gubernatorial elections REUTERS, Health Care Industry Correspondent – New York, N.Y. 1992 –1994 North American health care industry specialist responsible for Reuters’ coverage of the U.S. pharmaceutical, biotechnology, managed care and medical device industries. Wrote about medical research, clinical trials, health care conferences and other news that impacted publicly-traded health care companies Reported extensively on former President Clinton’s health care reform initiatives REUTERS, Wall Street Reporter – New York, N.Y. 1991 – 1992 Covered trading on the New York, American and NASDAQ stock exchanges and the economic, political and global news that impacted fluctuations in the markets Reported on market-moving stock research issued by Wall Street brokerage firms and wrote breaking news and analyses on major U.S. corporations; covered U.S. currency and bond markets REUTERS, General News Editor/Reporter – New York, N.Y. 1990 – 1991 Rewrote and edited news stories from Reuters’ bureaus in the U.S. and around the world Filed domestic and global news stories to Reuters’ U.S. and international media subscribers Wrote features and reported on major news events including the U.N. General Assembly in 1990 and 1991 OTHER EXPERIENCE REUTERS, Foreign Correspondent in Jerusalem – Covered political, military and social developments in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Wrote and edited articles about the Palestinian uprising, the Middle East peace process, Israel’s foreign relations and Israeli military actions. Position also involved reporting and editing assignments in England, Romania and Lebanon. EDUCATION BACHELOR OF ARTS, New York University – New York, N.Y. MAJORS: Journalism and Political Science; Graduated Magna Cum Laude HONORS: New York Daily News Journalism Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society, University Honors Scholar, New York University REFERENCES & WRITING SAMPLES: Please visit gailschiller.com and linkedin.com/in/gailschiller FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Spanish and Hebrew