Resume

JOHN TOWNSEND BAYLES

67 Hanson Place 6E, Brooklyn, NY 11217 / jtbayles@gmail.com / 631-946-2017

Professional writing, editorial and proofreading skills • Extremely detail oriented • Excellent knowledge of graphic design and layout • Excellent communicator and collaborator • Experienced photographer

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2010-2012; Associate Editor, Downtown Express/Community Media NYC

Wrote, assigned and edited stories for Lower Manhattan’s award-winning weekly newspaper; worked with the advertising sales staff to determine placement of ads for each issue; managed staff and freelance reporters, regular columnists and photographers. Developed and maintained close relationships with elected officials and influential members of the private and public sector. Worked closely with the production department to determine placement of photographs and overall design and layout of every issue; assisted the associate publisher in the design of a new website; maintained the website by updating it with timely content on a regular basis. Won numerous awards from the New York Press Association including a first place for Spot News Coverage and a second place for Best Editorials. 

2008-2010; Development Associate, Center for Urban Community Services

Coordinated all fundraising activities including researching possible private and corporate donors; assisted the Director of Development in implementing an individual donor program; maintained donor database; assisted with special events; worked in collaboration with the Director of Community Relations to increase public presence in media; secured over $2 million in grants from both private foundations and government agencies. Maintained website; designed and provided all copy for the annual report; designed and provided copy for numerous program promotional materials.

2006-2008; Reporter, Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor, NY

Contributed editorial content to an award-wining weekly newspaper. Primary beats were local government and education. Also wrote features and arts stories. Wrote an average of eight stories per week. Cultivated relationships with local government officials, community members and media contacts. Additional responsibilities included editing and layout, photography and producing copy for the website. Won five individual awards from the New York Press Association including a first place in 2009 for Sports Feature and a second place in 2008 for In Depth Reporting.

2005-2007; Inventory Manager, BookHampton, Sag Harbor, NY

Prepared purchase orders. Managed title lists and floor sales. Other duties included managing author events, working with publishers on book fairs, training new employees, and opening and closing the store.

EDUCATION:

2000-2002; BA in English Literature, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

Related courses included business writing, editing in a professional context, visual rhetoric and discourse analysis.

1996-1999 University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

SKILLS:

Experienced in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator; proficient in all Microsoft Office applications; familiarity with Final Cut Pro and HTML code; experienced digital photographer; superb knowledge of social networks and social media.

REFERENCES:

Troy Masters, Associate Publisher, Community Media NYC. 646-452-2502

Peggy Shorr, Director of Evidence Based Practices, Center for Urban Community Services. 212-801-3300

Bryan Boyhan, Editor and Publisher, Sag Harbor Express. 631-725-1700

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