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Freelance Writer

Richmond, VA
December 06, 2021

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Annie Parnell

Home Address: *** * ****** **, ********, VA, 23220 703-***-****


I seek to use my passion for storytelling to advocate for important causes and unheard perspectives.

Professional Experience

Managing Editor • Country Queer • 2021

Producing at least two articles per month for an online publication dedicated to uplifting LGBTQ+ voices in country, Americana, and folk music

Planning the monthly publishing calendar and coordinating with a team of 10 staff writers

Pitching pieces based on current trends in the world of queer country

Listening to and critiquing music submissions from established and up-and-coming artists

Developing branding and growth strategies with the editorial and marketing teams

Conducting, transcribing, and formatting interviews to print

Assistant Production Staff • WTJU 91.1 FM • 2021

Writing and producing audio content for podcasts dedicated to local news and culture in Charlottesville, Virginia

Brainstorming topical stories in the fields of state politics, local news, equity, and arts and culture

Conducting and formatting audio interviews, both remotely and in-person

Administrative Assistant • Law Office of Mary Mertz Parnell • 2013-2020

Editing legal documents for distribution to clients and opposing counsel for a family and mental health law firm

Performing administrative office work, including recording timesheets, maintaining office records, acting as a communications liaison with clients

News Production Intern • WTJU 91.1 FM • 2019

Analyzing local, state, and national news stories for audience in central Virginia/the Shenandoah Valley

Selecting and formatting news stories from Virginia Public Radio for broadcast to the local community


B.A. English, Creative Writing (Area Program for Literary Prose) & B.A. Media Studies, University of Virginia. Cumulative GPA: 3.758


Editor-in-Chief • The Declaration • 2019-2020

Lead a team of eight editors and made executive decisions regarding style, branding, and finances

Rebranded the publication as an alt-weekly paper specializing in music, politics, and pop culture

Designed articles for web and print publishing using Adobe InDesign and WordPress

Co-Director • WXTJ Student Radio • 2020-2021

Lead a team of ten executive team members of a college radio station and acted as a liaison to the community parent station

Partnered with local Latinx groups to pilot Spanish-language broadcast programming

Planned and navigated a transition to 50% remote broadcasting in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Trip Leader • UVA Outdoors Club • 2017-2021

Planned and participated in hikes and outdoors-centric workshops in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area

Assisted in Appalachian Trail cleanup initiatives in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Worked to get student peers involved in and excited about the recreational opportunities presented by Shenandoah National Park and other local trails and parks

Youth Advisory Council • Second Story Youth Shelter • 2017

Participated in a collaborative council to help a teen shelter better address the needs, wants, and emotions of its young residents

Brainstormed outreach initiatives to local schools and community groups

Assisted in collaborative service activities within the shelter, including intake, cataloguing, and inventory of donated items


Rosetta Fund Grant Recipient, Newport Foundation (2021)

Graduating Critic Nomination, The Cappies Foundation (2017)

Publication Selections

“Willie Nelson Urges Fans to Save America’s Wild Horses in Open Letter.” Taste of Country, 10/29/21

“Interview: Yola Asks to Come Together with Newest Album, ‘Stand for Myself.’” Taste of Country, 10/22/2021.

“Lingua Ignota Seeks Salvation on SINNER GET READY.” PopMatters, 8/5/2021.

“Jodi Lets the Outside In.” Country Queer, 7/16/2021.

“Performative Femininity and Normative Sexuality in Carrie.” Gayly Dreadful, 6/10/2021.

“A Train to the Astral Plane: The Cosmic Folk of Jim Sullivan and Judee Sill.” We Are The Mutants, 3/10/2021.

“Shooting Straight: Blade Runner and Queer Notions of Selfhood.” We Are The Mutants, 2/3/2021.

“An Open Secret”: UVA Health Care Policies Call ‘Great and Good’ Plan into Question.” The Declaration, 9/12/2019

“CAPPIES: O’Connell shines with dark musical fairy tale.” InsideNOVA, 4/13/2017

Audio Selections (Interviews and Production)

“What Happens When Eviction Protections Expire on July 31st?” Charlottesville Soundboard, 7/23/2021 (feature on cycling and pedestrian safety)

“Where does Virginia’s trash come from and who does it get dumped on?” Bold Dominion, 7/14/2021.

“Albemarle’s Got The Vax.” Charlottesville Soundboard, 7/9/2021.

“Why Is Critical Race Theory the New Right-Wing Bogeyman?” Bold Dominion, 7.1.2021.

“Catching Up on the Comprehensive Plan.” Charlottesville Soundboard, 6/13/2021. (interview with LGBTQ+ musician and educator Sam Gleaves)

Additional Skills

Spanish, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Adobe Audition, WordPress, Microsoft and Google Suites, iMovie

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