Carly About

Qualifications

Writer/Journalist/Multi-media Professional

Highlights of Qualifications

  • Seasoned writer with ten years of feature and news content experience
  • Experienced researcher and interviewer of celebrities, executives and experts
  • Established relationships with multiple entertainment industry sources
  • Versed in covering various news beats including politics and the environment
  • Experienced blog and website writer
  • Adebt at using SEO and social media tools to most effectively promote content
  • Skillful writer and producer of original online and video content
  • Multi-skilled in the media arts: proficient in Final Cut Pro, The Avid and Quark
  • Efficient coordinator of community outreach and newsletter effort
  • Teacher of Critical Writing and Thinking and Magazine and Freelance Writing college courses
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Adept at consistently meeting daily deadlines
  • Self-motivated; able to work well independently as well as a team member

Relevant Experience

Writing:

  • Covered county, Native American and entertainment issues on the Southern Oregon Coast region for the Southwestern Oregon Publishing Company with stories consistently picked up by the Associated Press. Used content management system and social media to promote coverage while creating video pieces to accompany stories
  • Film and Digital Media Reporter for The Hollywood Reporter with daily news and feature stories picked up by several print and online news sources including Reuters and The Wall Street Journal
  • In-depth and ongoing coverage of development projects and production deals of Paramount Pictures and MGM Studios; among the scores of entertainers and industry figures focused on were Ben Affleck, Hal Holbrook, directors David Fincher and John Landis and Paramount Pictures’ Chairman/CEO Brad Grey
  • Contributing writer of news and feature articles of various publications including Variety, Studio System News, Reuters, Moving Pictures Magazine, Fast Company and TechNewsDaily; wrote news and feature articles covering the movie box office, film, television, technology and entertainment industry including Eye on the Oscars profile of actor Jeff Bridges, Road to the Emmys series, features on TV’s American Idol and the fall comedy season featuring ABC’s Modern Family writers Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan
  • Reported from multiple entertainment awards ceremonies
  • Authored articles ranging in topic from entertainment to human interest and travel
  • Website and blog writer for professional school of film/video post-production
  • News Editor responsible for writing and editing stories covering the city of Redondo Beach, CA
  • Community reporter covering city and school councils and creating in depth series profiling community residents

Television and Radio Appearances:

  • Provided weekly commentary on film castings/news for cable show Starz The Hollywood Reporter
  • Commentated about current films and the 2011 Academy Awards for BBC Radio with the BBC’s Peter Bowes; broadcast across the U.K. and online in the U.S.

Production/Film and Video Editing/Storytelling:

  • Served as story assistant for Magical Elves Inc. on Showtime’s documentary series Time of Death; completed story pulls/bites using Avid, screened daily footage, compiled story reports and grids, created screen grabs and compiled footage
  • Assisted Sodium 11 Productions with series of corporate videos for pregnancy help center; interviewed clients and transcribed interviews, assisted story development
  • Attended and completed Act One Producing and Entertainment Executive Program; studied all aspects of production including writing, development, marketing, distribution and finance
  • Filmed, wrote, produced and edited 25-minute travel/event video
  • Offline editing experience with Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer
  • Completed editing courses in Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro and Photoshop classes at Video Symphony Pro School of Media Production
  • Expressed original story lines through producing, directing, filming, creative editing and detailed organization of media for documentary and montage presentations

Public Relations/Community Affairs:

  • Served as managing coordinator for the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council; created outreach plan and wrote, designed and edited newsletter with a distribution of 12,000 for community-sponsored organization acting as a liaison between residents and local government, completed administrative duties
  • Promoted and facilitated the Treasure Box support organization providing healthy food at an affordable cost to the community

Teaching:

  • Taught and created curriculum for courses on critical writing and thinking and magazine and freelance writing as adjunct professor at Biola University

Design:

  • Paginated six to twelve news pages daily, meeting three deadlines
  • Designed front page for respected publication The Hollywood Reporter with a readership of 25,000 and trained paginator

Employment History

2014-15  Staff Writer Southwestern Oregon Publishing Company, Coos Bay, OR

2008-14  Contributing Writer Variety, Studio System News Hollywood, CA

2010-12  Adjunct Professor Biola University LaMirada, CA

2005-08  Staff Writer The Hollywood Reporter Hollywood, CA

2003-05  Page Designer/ Writer The Hollywood Reporter Hollywood, CA

2002-03  Staff/Freelance Writer The Whittier Daily News Whittier, CA

2002-03  Staff/Freelance Writer The ArgonautMarina del Rey, CA

2001       News Editor The Easy ReaderHermosa Beach, CA

2000-01 Staff Writer The Hungry Horse News Columbia Falls, MT

Community/Volunteerism/Non-profit

2008-10  Volunteer     First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood    Hollywood, CA

  • Member of short-term mission trip to Berlin, Germany;  served in church’s ministry to the Kurdish people and produced video documenting the trip; prepared with German language study and intensive Kurdish language class
  • Served at the Lord’s Lighthouse Ministry for the homeless
  • Sunday school teacher, pre-school

Education

M.A. Journalism, film courses, University of Montana  Missoula, MT

B.S. Psychology, University of Utah  Salt Lake City, UT

Act One Producing & Entertainment Executive Program  Hollywood, CA

Avid Certificate Program classes Video Symphony  Burbank, CA

Awards

Kim Williams Journalism Fellowship  University of Montana

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