Laurie S.

  • Joined August 2016

I'm a longtime newspaper reporter/copy editor who has freelanced since 2010, writing/editing a wide range of articles, posts, scripts, etc.

  • Bemidji, MN, United States
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Laurie S.
Bemidji, MN, United States

Services

Categories

Copywriting Social Media Marketing Public Relations Content

Experience

Summary

I'm a longtime newspaper reporter/copy editor who currently works on a freelance basis writing articles, blog posts, press releases, video scripts, etc. I've worked for two newspapers and won several writing and design awards.

Work history

Reporter/Copy Editor
Writing news/feature articles, photography, video shooting/editing Copy editing/proofreading Design of news pages and special sections Business page editor Web videography, website updates and social media Worked on two redesigns of the newspaper
Sports Editor/System Administrator
Writing sports news and features; photography Design of sports, news and entertainment pages Computer network maintenance/troubleshooting, software/hardware installation/troubleshooting, employee training, Website updates, photo archive
Feature writer/lifestyles and faith editor
Writing feature articles; photography Page design of news, features, lifestyles and faith pages Copy editing/proofreading Developed a pastor's forum and secured pastors as columnists while redesigning faith page

Portfolio

Zombies Turning Out in Bemidji

This article focused on zombies in film and culture and coincided with a zombie film shoot and a trilogy of zombie plays that took place around Halloween with separate producers. The article won first-place honors in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

Class highlights Native American food culture

This article focused on a Native American chef who focuses on native wild edibles that provided the bulk of the Native American diet until colonization. In this article, he is teaching a cooking class. (He has since opened a food truck and is planning a Native American restaurant, a rarity.)

Minnesota high-risk for Lyme disease

This article, paired with a main article about a Lyme disease support group, reports on the prevalence of Lyme disease in Minnesota and how people can avoid the deer tick bites that cause the disease.

Focus on Poverty: Bemidji Faces the Future

This article addresses poverty in Bemidji, where many people are homeless or live in poverty. Beltrami County is one of the poorest counties in the state. The gathering focused on in the article was a joint effort of Bemidji Pioneer newspaper and Minnesota Public Radio.

Education

Accreditations

Willmar Community College
Majored in journalism; did not finish. Became a proofreader and worked my way up to a reporter spot.

Skills

Skills

branding brand strategy content creation content curation copywriting editing newsletters journalism proofreading public relations

Tools

Bitly Audacity Contently Facebook Adroll IFTTT Kickstarter Medium LinkedIn Photoshop Pinterest PRWeb SlideShare YouTube Wordpress

Availability

Not seeking work

Available

  • Available during business hours, evenings, and weekends

Commitment

  • Can work 20hrs per week
  • Can commit to 1+ years

Interests

Industries I love

Advertising & Marketing Consumer Products Gaming Health & Wellness Media PR & Communications Tech

What I read

I subscribe to the New Yorker, Wired and Fast Company, and I read a few food and lifestyles magazines. In blogs, I read Hyperbole and a Half, Social Media Examiner and Matt Cutts of Google, among others. I like suspense novels and classics.

Side projects

I do the initial reads for my friend's plays and provide feedback throughout his writing/editing process. I also help him with rehearsals and do some stage managing, social media marketing and photography. I also help other friends with their resumes.

Ideal team

I prefer small teams, and as an introvert, I do my best creative work on my own, but I like to have specific instructions from the client and some good communication to get the lay of the land. I work best with written communication, which is my forte.