Editing & Writing
I worked for five years (2000-2005) as a columnist, news writer, section editor, copy chief and eventually editor in chief for the Western Herald, the student-run, non-lab daily newspaper affiliated with Western Michigan University that (at the time) enjoyed an average daily broadsheet circulation of 12,500. In my final role as EIC, I had the privilege of directing and approving all aspects of the newspaper’s final content, including story selection, content approval, layout direction and editorial policy. I reported to the newspaper’s board of directors, which represented several constituencies within the community, and directly managed eight full-time section editors and roughly 50 part-time, paid staff writers and photographers.
Since my departure from the Herald, I’ve kept myself busy writing business analyses at my hospital and blogging, as well as submitting content for industry publications and conferences. I’ve also worked on two different manuscripts and a small number of freelance writing and editing jobs. I maintain membership in the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In 2011 and 2012, I participated in the National Novel Writing Month. In 2013, I “won” NaNoWriMo with Sanctuary, a contemporary detective fiction novel set in Grand Rapids.
I am available for freelance assignment, or for contract writing/editing work. Please see the About page for detailed contact information.
More info on contract work is available at my consultantcy’s Web site.
Current Project Work
I currently work directly with various leadership at Demand Media on special projects, including title and content evaluation and new-writer mentoring. In addition to ordinary contract work as a writer and copy editor, I also write special tech-related articles not available to other contributors, and I have audited and assigned work product in the company’s the Tech content channels.
Other current highlights:
- As of April 2014, Sanctuary is in its second round of developmental edits.
- I’ve written a white paper about common errors in usage, syntax and style.
- I released a co-authored webinar to a large national audience, about ICD-10 deployment from the perspective of the quality-improvement function in health care.
The following links may prove helpful to the aspiring writer:
- morgueFile (free, high-quality stock images)
- Poynter Online (journalism education)
- Writing, Broadcasting, & Journalism (resources from Riley Guide, a jobs site)
- Writers & Editors (tips for freelancers)
- Society of Professional Journalists (the pro organization for the media)
The following list contains selected stories from my tenure at the Western Herald:
- Al Heilman boasts business background (candidate profile)
- Male suicide (editorial)
- “Super Troopers” fails at must-see status (film review)
- Media diversity (editorial)
- Bailey to propose increases, fees for 2004-2005 (news analysis) [page 2]
- Sigma Pi penalized for fight at fraternity(general news); Litynski to leave provost job (personality profile) [page 2]
- WMU’s BTR Park to add new company (news)
- America’s place in world key question for election (opinion column)
- WMU may fail governor’s challenge (news analysis) [page 2]
- Deal cut in Lansing, WMU to lower fee (general news)
- Meningitis case treated successfully (general news)
- Darnell’s contract terminated (breaking news brief)
All of the stories listed above can be downloaded in a single PDF.