Thursday, October 14, 2010
Dear Commercial Appeal,
Please take a look at Ms Trace Sharp. I have found her to be an honest journalist.
She is someone who can help your media outlet. She is someone people can trust.
And in this town, we need boat loads of it.
Give her a call. (see resume below)
I have worked in news media including radio broadcasting, news print and new media with 25 years experience. I have also worked with abused women and in several areas of economic development. I wish to work in an organization that focuses on progressive ideas and advocacy.
Mike McWherter for Governor
August 2009 – present
•Content strategy strategy for state-wide political campaign for candidate Mike McWherter in part-time capacity
Weakley County Press, Martin, TN
January 2004 – May 2010
•Managed 23 employees in all aspects of a bi-weekly newspaper
•Conceptualized art design for front page, web-management, graphics and special sections
•Journalist on breaking news, features and special sections
•Coordinated community involvement from the newspaper with the University of Tennessee at Martin, Historic Business District (including Mainstreet grants), Martin Business Association, Weakley County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Weakley County
•Sold advertising when it was required.
•Won five Tennessee Press Association awards for Editorials during my tenure.
•Writing headlines, cutlines, refers, teases, news stories, feature stories, and book reviews. Editing copy based on AP style and in-house style guides. Fact checking stories and editing them for length, balance, clarity, and fairness.
•Comfortable with Mac and PC environments, Microsoft Office suite, Adobe CS4 (Photoshop, InDesign), Blogger, WordPress, Movable Type and Typepad
Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, Weakley County, TN
October 1997 – January 2004
Program Coordinator, Victims Assistance Program
•Responsibilities included annual grant writing, volunteer coordination, fundraising and participation to maintain grant status, court appearances with victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse
•Did countless appearances from Portland OR, San Diego, Atlanta and Las Vegas on assisting advocates on setting up local support groups with an emphasis on Tennessee’s rural communities as well.
•Facilitated peer support groups for out-of-shelter victims
Our Town magazine, Weakley County, TN
May 1994 – October 1997
•Family-owned and operated monthly pop culture magazine on life in rural northwest Tennessee
•Mom and Pop operation of two employees with a slant toward progressive lifestyles
Thunderbolt Broadcasting, Martin, TN
May 1991 – May 1994
•Five deadlines a day on radio station WCMT giving news reports live, writing and editing copy, working with local, state and federal politicians, city and court reporting and feature stories
•Host of weekly Public Service show called 30 Minutes, interviewing state and local community organizers and politicians
•Worked with Associated Press (AP) on breaking news from northwest Tennessee
•Won 13 Tennessee Press Broadcast Association awards for features, breaking news, online delivery and clean audio production
YWCA Domestic Violence Program and Battered Women’s Shelter, Nashville, TN
December 1987 – December 1990
•Worked in-house with battered women in a confidential location
•Responsibilities included working with the Metro Nashville Police Department at night ensuring that women would have a place to stay after a violent episode in their homes.
•Escorted women to court visits and assisted in finding women shelter and employment while they were staying in the shelter
•Facilitated peer support groups for out-of-house battered women
Stargem Records, Nashville, TN
August 1985 – December 1987
•Worked closely with musicians in a recording studio including Randy Travis, Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, George Jones and others serving as a studio assistant and in promotions
•Social online media – I have maintained several Tennessee websites and blogs over the past five years including two popular weblogs including Newscoma. com and Speak to Power.org. I have worked with WKRN’s now defunct Nashville is Talking as a weekend guest host, Newstechzilla.com as a founding member, PopFi.com as well as starting nwtntoday.com. I have been interviewed in Los Angeles, Nashville and Knoxville for living in a rural community while using online tools of communication and have been linked quite frequently at mainstream media sites across the state as well as Huffington Post, CNN, Eschaton, the Knoxville News Sentinel, Post Politics and Feministe. Frequent speaker regarding new media, digital and content strategy and online political outreach especially to non-profit organizations