Résumé/CV

SHERRY MIMS

EDITORIAL PROFESSIONAL WITH A FOUNDATION IN:
CREATING COMPELLING CONTENT FOR PRINT AND DIGITAL MEDIA
EDITING, RESEARCH AND COPYEDITING
WORKING FOR NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND WEBSITES (STRONG EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA)
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

AAA National (Heathrow, FL) | Associate Editor | 2012—Present

  • Oversee all aspects of the TourBook, including attractions, articles, and hotel and restaurant descriptions
  • Research and write “Top Picks for Kids,” “Must Do” and one-day itinerary articles for AAA destination cities
  • Work on special projects, such as researching the AAA blog and suggesting improvements; gathering contact information for hard-to-reach attractions; developing new guidelines for listing national parks; and engaging via the social media team

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL) | Copy Editor/Designer/Reporter | 2006—2011

  • Edit and design all sections of daily newspaper, which has been in the Top 100 Newspapers in circulation (69,811 daily and 90,219 Sunday circulation)
  • Write articles on varying topics, from travel to personality profiles for Accent features section
  • Serve in local and wire editor positions
  • Received four awards (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011) for dedicated service and creative contributions

Freelance Writer and Contributing Editor | 2006— Present

  • Interviewed artists and musicians for articles on the arts scene for Lake & Sumter Style magazine
  • Selected as a feature contributor for Lake & Sumter Style’s “A Magazine Looks at Fifty” retrospective issue in 2009
  • Wrote business columns and profiles, as well as managed the monthly events calendar, for Tampa Bay Illustrated magazine; localized stories from sister publication Palm Beach Illustrated
  • Proofread the most recent articles on Pilotscafe.com, a website for pilots and student pilots

The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, FL) | Interim Features Editor and Features Writer | 2005— 2006

  • Wrote news stories, feature stories and personality profiles for newspaper with daily circulation of 25,000
  • Designed and edited all features sections: Food, Home and Garden, Neighbors, Weekender, Auto, Religion and Life Styles
  • Assigned stories to up to 10 reporters and correspondents
  • Updated the Daily Commercial website

The Oracle (Tampa, FL) | Columnist and Features Editor | 2003— 2005

  • Wrote and edited articles for the University of South Florida’s newspaper
  • Hired and managed 17 features writers
  • Designed features section

EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Tampa Tribune, WFLA-8 and TBO.com | 2004

  • Served as the writer for a team project to produce a multimedia package for WFLA-8, The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, Media General’s consolidated news organization. The 2004 merit-pay plan, which we detailed in our project, failed to become law, but a later plan — Senate Bill 0736 — passed in 2011.

La Gaceta | 2003

  • Researched editorial topics and wrote “Save Our Springs” column for a trilingual English, Spanish and Italian newspaper

EDUCATION

University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) | BA in Mass Communications; magna cum laude | 2004

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Microsoft Office; QuarkXPress; NewsEdit Pro; Harris; proficient in social media, including Spredfast management software; and Associated Press style

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Florida Press Club | President

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Volusia Literary Council | Spelling Bee Volunteer

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