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Technical writer, copyeditor

Chicago, IL, 60640
November 14, 2009

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Rhea Coffern

**** * ******** **, **, Chicago, IL 60640

(T) 847-***-**** (E)

Summary of Qualifications

Adept at writing clearly, concisely and accurately for targeted specialty audiences

Written and verbal proficiency of English language, AP Style, MLA standards

MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe

InDesign, Adobe Acrobat

Successful track record of conducting interviews and research to prepare visual and technical documents

Self motivated, team-player with strong attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and multitask within deadline oriented environment

Type 18,000 kph, 60 wpm with 98% accuracy

Employment History

2009 - 2009 Echo Magazine, Chicago, IL

Staff Writer, Contributing Editor

Write, edit articles focusing on arts, entertainment, and cultural events for Chicagoans age 18-25 years old

Proofread, copyedit stories for factual and grammatical correctness, AP Style and departmental guidelines

Coordinate page layouts using InDesign software, paginate stories, create headlines and captions for Intensecity, Arts & Culture Departments and Feature sections reflecting desicions made in editorial meetings

2008 - 2008 Boston Hannah Chicago Publishing Co., Chicago, IL

Assistant Editor,

Write, edit, and upload articles informative and relevant to professionals in the IT

industry under a daily deadline

Monitor and increase website traffic through search engine optimization

Act as client liaison for EMQ, schedule and conduct interviews with Executive

Management nationwide

Responsible for generating and archiving mailing list of 40,000 client subscriptions for

EMQ print magazine

Head of direct mail campaign to rebuild nationwide subscription list of

fraternities/sororities for College News Magazine, a Boston Hannah subsidiary publication

Research, catalogue articles and photographs for Ministry of Foreign Affairs'

commemorative publication: Israel at 60: From Modest Beginnings to a Vibrant State

1948-2008, a Boston Hannah subsidiary publication

2006 - 2007 Catridge World Chicago, Chicago, IL

Customer Service and Sales Manager

Input and process orders from sales team of Cartridge World's “2oo6 Franchise of the


Ensure 100% customer satisfaction for key clients, providing product support and order

fulfillment, while managing front-of-house retail sales

Perform daily administrative tasks such as record keeping, alpha-numeric data entry, handling mail and messenger services, phone directory and faxing


2009 Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

B.A. Journalism GPA: 3.6

Deans list 2006-2009

Graduated with honors

Professional Affiliations

Society of Professional Journalists

The American Copy Editors Society

Community Involvement

Volunteer/Mentor, OpenBooks Ltd.

Copy edit “Military Mutiny” manuscript for Open Books Press, a pilot program working to publish stories from New Beginnings Novelists at Corliss High School

Coach mentee one-on-one to build practical professional skills, a resume and cover letter through Vwrite Program at Gage Park High School

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