Amanda Gates

Resume

 

I excel at telling stories, project management, thinking about the big picture, keeping cool under pressure, writing for web and print, preserving client relationships and editing away all my style pet peeves.

 

EXPERIENCE

Cambio Education, St. Louis Park, January 2014-September 2016

Curriculum Writer/Managing Editor

  • Project manage, plan and edit internal communication blogs
  • Work across corporate teams to create the right messaging for the audience
  • Write clear, engaging entries for internal communication blogs, oftentimes taking corporate-speak and making it more friendly
  • Manage, field and answer internal blog comments from more than 500 users around the country
  • Write individual classes, using straightforward and concise language
  • Assist in editing a 12-course, 48-class curriculum
  • Write and edit all curriculum content in a specially designed CMS
  • Maintain a glossary of more than 1,200 words
  • Create curriculum exercises to help students practice their new skills
  • Write voiceover copy for how-to video demonstrations
  • Test technology to ensure a great user experience.

Greenspring Media Group, Minneapolis, April 2004-December 2013

Managing Editor, Feb. 2008-present

  • Supervised associate editor and interns by coordinating edit calendars and developing ideas on seven print publications, meeting every deadline
  • Conceptualized spot-on story ideas for monthly, quarterly and annual publications enhancing the publications’ reputation for excellent writing
  • Interviewed many different sources, then write and develop award-winning feature stories
  • Edited the work of associate editor and interns using AP Style and ensuring 100 percent clean copy at all times
  • Worked closely with graphic designers to execute the art direction for each publication
  • Collaborated with editor to set strategic direction for our Custom department, balancing schedules, developing new initiatives, streamlining processes, increasing brand awareness
  • Initiate the use of social media into our market strategy for our hospitality publication and events
  • Lead the team to think creatively about blog content that is pertinent to the local hospitality industry and assign posting as a regular practice
  • Developed, with editor, unique new magazine products, most recently a convention and visitors bureau publication and a digital e-newsletter
  • Planned events for our hospitality publication each year demonstrating knowledge of trends and expectations through fitting educational seminars and awards ceremonies
  • Lead monthly staff meetings to initiate development and selection of story ideas for our monthly visitor publication
  • Managed the routing and production process for all of our publications keeping every assignments on schedule and organized
  • Preserved client relationships for specific publications, using excellent interpersonal skills to guarantee their needs are met while editorial integrity remains in tact

Associate Editor, Oct. 2006-Feb. 2008

  • Met with other editors to develop story ideas for each publication
  • Assisted managing editor with meeting deadlines
  • Wrote feature stories for all publications and completed first-round edits on all assignments
  • Was the go-to person for last-minute writing and rewriting
  • Managed all listing sections in several publications
  • Wrote press releases for marketing and public relations efforts for our Meetings publication
  • Blogged frequently about hospitality industry

Assistant Editor, Oct. 2005-Oct. 2006/Staff Writer, April 2004-Oct. 2005

  • Met with other editors to develop story ideas for all publications
  • Wrote feature stories and departments that were assigned, including shopping and dining pieces for monthly visitor magazine and industry updates for our hospitality publication
  • Helped maintain listing sections for all publications
  • Offered administrative support to editor and managing editor
  • Developed and worked with clients and account executives on ad-driven sections

FREELANCE WORK

  • Contributed a series of blog posts to Uplift, the blog for CaringBridge
  • Contributed five chapters to Minnesota 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway, a MacIntyre Purcell book, published September 2010
  • Wrote an article on college students’ financial literacy for Hamline magazine, Fall 2009

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 1999-2003

COMPUTER/WEB/SOCIAL PROFICIENCIES

  • Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe InDesign, Blogger, Typepad, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest, and a specially designed CMS

AWARDS

  • Minnesota Magazine & Publishers Association (MMPA) Gold Award for Best Technical Article, Best Feature Article, Best Profile; Silver Award for Best How-To Article and Best Feature Article; and Bronze Award for Best Feature Article
  • Contributed to the receiving of more than 60 MMPA awards for our department

 

 

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