Michelle Mathews
Freelance Writer
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Dallas Observer, Dallas, Texas, August 2005-April 2010
Editorial Operations Manager
  • Proofread and copy edited all editorial content (approximately 20 pieces per week including long-form features, columns and reviews) for weekly paper with a circulation of 100,000
  • Worked with production department to layout, proof and correct copy in QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign
  • Weekly proofread and made textual and basic HTML changes to the online version of the newspaper
  • Wrote short, often humorous stories for the calendar section and contributed short pieces to the annual “Best of Dallas” special issue

Dallas Observer, Dallas, Texas, February 2002-August 2005
Editorial Assistant
  • Completed phone, Internet and on-site research for writers and editors
  • Prepared and submitted reports to corporate office
  • Transcribed taped interviews for writers
  • Answered phones, sorted mail and faxes and handled general secretarial duties for editorial department
  • Wrote a feature story, two news stories and frequent calendar items

Puretan International, Carrollton, Texas, June 2001-February 2002
Sales and Marketing Assistant
  • Assisted in writing advertising, promotional and technical copy and graphics for a tanning bed manufacturer and distributor
  • Updated text and graphics for Puretan’s Web sites
  • Submitted press releases and technical information to trade magazines
  • B.S. in English from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, May 2001
  • Minor in Digital Media
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