Resume - J.D. Bruewer
Experienced new media content manager, journalist and media specialist — More than 18 years of experience as a journalist, manager and editor. More the one year of experience in public relations and marketing. I have a proven history at building Web communities; talent for building relationships and I am an excellent problem solver; unconventional thinker and great utility player.
Written Communication - Content Management - Editing Text, Audio & Video - People Management - Public Interaction - Social Media Management - Viewer/Reader Tech Support - Forum Moderation - SEO Keywords - Interviewing - Software Proficiency - French (Written and Spoken) - Adaptability - Long Term Planning - Short Term Execution - Problem Solving
Developing new Web sites catering to specific audiences.
Maintaining multiple Web sites:
Assigning and editing multimedia content.
Managing content including, audio, video, photos, and databases.
Editing weekly newspaper.
Overseeing eight-person newsroom on deadline.
Coordinating production of special publications
Writing stories on a variety of beats, including government, business, sports and lifestyles:
Broke a story on tacit government approval of illegal gambling machines.
Developed a reputation for fair coverage of divisive issues.
Developing a network of sources:
Created Web locations for all news releases, encouraging submission from all local organizations, giving an easy read on local activity.
Found the coffee shops and businesses where key people discuss key issues and developed trust with those sources.
Saved newspaper from five-hour server shutdown that would have delayed publication by working with stranded IT staff over the phone.
Worked with sports staff to develop instant score posting for football and basketball, years ahead of our competition, by mashing up existing procedures with available software.
ST. RITA'S MEDICAL CENTER, Lima, Ohio
Social Media Manager - Planning and implementing social media efforts, promoting employees and accomplishments with press releases and award nominations and coaching staff in proper use of social media. I also created new internal communications channels to bolster our information architecture.
THE LIMA NEWS, Lima, Ohio
Editor/Reporter – Updating and maintaining Web content, covering news as needed, filling in on editing shifts. – January 2009 to present
VAN WERT VOICE, Van Wert, Ohio
Editor – Coordinating and providing coverage of Van Wert County for this new weekly publication of The Lima News and its Web site. Working with a tight stringer budget to get quality reporting and photography for events and issues around the county. I learned a great deal about creating relationships within the community. – 2007 to 2008
THE LIMA NEWS, Lima, Ohio
Internet Content Editor – Coordinating efforts to enhance our Internet site, working with our Web developers and the newsroom staff to get as much information on the site as possible. Troubleshooting the site and developing a staff of stringers to get additional stories. – 2002 to 2007
Assistant City Editor/Lifestyle/Special Sections/New Media – Overseeing the Lifestyle reporting and design staff, planning stories, and special section content, in addition to assistant city editor duties. – 2001 to 2002
Assistant City Editor – Helping organize coverage of a nine-county region, managing reporting staff in the evenings and editing all local copy, also working with reporters on special sections and projects. – 2001
Regional Reporter/Assistant City Editor – Roaming a nine-county area covering assigned stories and the ones found along the way, working night editing shifts two nights a week. – 1998 to 1999
THE GOSHEN NEWS, Goshen, Ind.
Reporter – Covering two school boards and doing general assignment reporting and photography, updating the Web site. – 1996 to 1998
THE TWIN CITY JOURNAL-REPORTER, Gas City, Ind.
Editor – Coordinating news coverage, writing, assigning and editing stories and designing pages. Organizing community events including election debates and holiday contests, reporting local news. – 1995 to 1996
Reporter – Developing and writing stories ranging from kindergarten plays to criminal investigations as well as breaking news, and assisting with photography, editing, layout and production. – 1994 to 1995
THE MUNCIE STAR, Muncie, Ind.
Weekend Police Reporter – Gathering police, fire and ambulance reports for daily listing and reporting on crimes and accidents of note, also covering some high school sports. – 1995 to 1996
HEALTH CARE NEWS, Cincinnati, Ohio
Reporter – Developing and writing stories on health care from a business perspective. Assisting with photography, editing, layout and production. – 1993
Freelance Writer – MICHIANA EXECUTIVE JOURNAL, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, HEALTH CARE NEWS, THE GREATER CINCINNATI BUSINESS RECORD, CINCINNATI KEY MAGAZINE, CLIFTON MAGAZINE AND EVERYBODY’S NEWS.
University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Bachelor of French Studies, Journalism Certificate
(Chose to obtain a degree in a second language. Standard program was English with a journalism certificate.)
Disc Jockey – Twenty-plus years of performing at weddings and parties. Hosted a radio show on WVXU-FM, Cincinnati, for a few years in the early 90s.
Board member – Westwood Behavioral Health Center
Arranged fund-raising activities for the Van Wert Cinemas when they were destroyed by a tornado in 2002, including donations, raffles and auction.
As an officer in the Michiana Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, brought Al Neuharth of USA Today to Goshen, Ind., to speak at our dinner.
A variety of retail and factory work and more than seven years as a waiter/bartender