Operations & Development Coordinator
► Collaborate with team to maximize programs through effective communications.
► Write briefs, perform website updates, host webinars, manage social media.
► Prepare and submit funding proposals for local, state and national philanthropic organizations.
► Program lead on TN Work Learn Earn, a statewide initiative connecting Tennesseans to jobs, careers and education pathways.
► Support organizational needs and programs through the creation of materials, logistics management and partner outreach.
The Tennessean | Nashville, Tennessee
Writer & Editor | Custom & Branded Content
August 2010-February 2019
► Manage the production of in-house magazines and special advertising sections: develop content plans, write original content, edit advertiser-submitted content, design special sections for print, proofread and publish content to the web.
► Manage the creation, publication and promotion of branded content campaigns for Tennessee region: develop content plans for advertising partners, hire freelancers, edit/rewrite client-submitted content, select and edit images, write social posts and publish content online.
► Work with sales, marketing and design teams to deliver projects on deadline. Proof materials to outside vendors and handle corrections.
Editor/Team Lead | Custom Publications
April 2006-August 2010
► Served as team lead for a design and writing team that produced magazines, special sections, e-newsletters, ads, sales pieces, video scripts, marketing materials, etc.
Copywriter | Creative Services
April 1998-August 2006
► Produced copy for special sections and advertising campaigns.
dianewordsmith.com | Nashville, Tennessee
Blogger | Freelance writer/editor | Website manager
► Offer freelance writing and editing services
► Maintain website with two blogs, one covering general issues of life and another on writing/grammar topics
DaVita Dialysis Centers Marketing Div. | Brentwood, Tennessee
Freelance Writer, Editor & Proofreader
February 2009-April 2010
► Handled copy for training manuals and patient education materials
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, minor in Mass Communication
► Magna cum laude
► Phi Kappa Phi
► Writer for Sidelines (student newspaper)
Volunteer State Community College | Gallatin, Tennessee
Associate of Science in Communication
► Summa cum laude
► Gamma Beta Phi
► Humanities Award of Excellence
► R. Wade Powers Award for Exemplary Probity
► Writer and associate editor of The Settler (student newspaper)
► Air personality and news reader at WVCP-FM
Volunteer State Community College Alumni Association
Advisory board member (2011- 2016) & board chairman (2016)
► Aided in developing events and strategies to increase alumni engagement
► Assisted with a strategy that increased likes on the alumni Facebook page by 87 percent and took reach from 7 to 847 in a two-week period
► Served as an administrator on alumni Facebook page
► Member of planning committee for annual fall fundraiser
► Nonprofit 101: Basics of Nonprofit Sector (Nashville Center for Nonprofit Management)
► InDesign, WordPress, SEO, CMS, social media, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Google AdWords certified, Photoshop, AP Style, QuarkXpress, Microsoft Office Suite
► Proficient on Mac and Windows platforms
► Page layout and design
CERTIFICATES EARNED FROM LYNDA.COM
► Web Design Fundamentals
► Search Engine Optimization: Getting Started