Career Story: Writer And Editor For A Foundation Newsletter

Writer And Editor For A Foundation Newsletter

Job Title: Vice President Of Communications

Type of Company: Non-profit foundation.

Education: BA, Communications & Public Relations, Bethany College •• MA, Public Administration, Framingham State College

Previous Experience: I worked as a writer and editor at a university.

Job Tasks: My basic functions are as a writer/editor. I write feature articles and human interest stories. My background is also in graphic design. As an editor I pay strict attention to detail: punctuation, spelling, consistency of grammar and style of writing. I am a webmaster for a member organization with 17,000 + constituents. We have a password-protected online community/searchable online directory for members only as part of our website. I oversee the public relations of our organization. We produce a quarterly electronic newsletter, a 32-page full color magazine in the fall and an 8-page color print newsletter in the spring. I oversee volunteer committees as well as manage photographic resources for our organization.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Attending events and interactions with our customers is the best; I also enjoy producing publications in print and on the web. The web is very exciting as it is up to the minute, very dynamic, constantly changing. The worst part of my job is project deadlines. I also struggle when staff members do not act as a team, not pulling together to meet the organization's goals. If we are not working together it is very counter-productive. Even if you don't like someone, in the workplace you have to find common ground and work with the individual.

Job Tips: Strong English/writing skills are important; read as much as you can to build your vocabulary; computer skills are essential; be a good listener. Write as much as you can to gain valuable experience and don't be afraid of constructive criticism...it will just make you a better writer.

Additional Thoughts: You must have a good sense of humor, because when you work with constant deadlines, you need to keep things in perspective. Be an active consumer of current events. Find what you are good at, that which you love to do, and focus on that as a career. It does not matter how much money you make if you don't like what you do for work every day.

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