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In a freelance writing career that's spanned more than five decades, I've written on a broad spectrum of topics for newsletters, newspapers, magazines, web sites and, no less important, public relations concerns in the U.S. and the U.K. My work has been published around the world. DOUGLAS T. HARRIS, Jr. 1253 Lynch Road, Altavista VA 24517 Objective Writing / editing /proofreading/copy-editing assignments that utilize my long-proven skills in those area and communications in general. Profile Motivated, personable business professional with a 50-year track record as a journalist, editor and/or copy-editor for a spectrum of publications around the world. (I was, for some years, regularly published in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.) I also have been sought out to write for agencies of agencies of the federal governments of the US, the UK, Ireland and South Africa. Skill Summary  Writing  Proof Reading Project Management  PC Skills  Copy-editing  Scheduling  Research  Ethical  Objectivity  Reliability  Adaptable  Sales Professional Experience EDITORIAL / WRITING / BROADCASTING / RESEARCH  Researched /reviewed, for two years, health-related web sites for online news and information service.  Served as editor of one food trade magazine in the U.S. and three other trade magazines in the U.K.  Wrote food trade-related articles for The Financial Times and The Times, London.  Wrote for food and (alcoholic) drinks trade publications in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and N.Z.  Sold self-created articles on packaging, agriculture and other trades to publications world-wide.  Contributed travel-related articles to The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, and London’s Daily Telegraph.  Performed as Pentagon Correspondent for Air Force Times, a privately-published monthly.  Edited articles to be broadcast, world-wide, by the Voice of America.  Was a sub (copy) editor for The Times, London.  Created a weekly radio editorial for WNYC, a public radio station in New York City.  Appeared, as ‘an expert on Soviet Farming-Related Issues,’ on a TV station in the north of England.  Researched, over the course of a year, the marketability of a new text book for potential welders in the U.S.  Helped prove, for an early-days internet start-up, the non-viability of an index of ‘all’ world-wide-web sites.  Wrote a business travel-related article for a Connecticut promoting a now-extinct London-based airline.  Proofread, as a contractor, classified ads for New York City-based The Village Voice.  Served as a general and business news editor for Prodigy, the very first online news/information service.  Provided, as a Prodigy editor; coverage; from White Plains, New York, of San Francisco's major earthquake in 1989 through personal knowledge of that city's geography. Resume of Douglas Harris page 2 of 2 TELEMARKETING  Using a call center-based CRM, made 12-25 appointments daily for a financial services client.  From offices in New York and Connecticut, made appointments to sell print advertising.  From home offices in New York, Connecticut and Virginia, made phone appointments to sell insurance. SALES  Sold print advertising on visits to businesses throughout the U.S.  Sold life, health and accident insurance to individuals and families in several U.S. states.  Sold antiques, knick-knacks and miscellaneous tangible items from two co-owned antiques shops.  Sold antiques, knick-knacks and miscellaneous tangible items from antiques and flea markets.  Sold, as a free lance journalist, hundreds of business-related articles to trade publications world-wide.  Sold publications relations services to individual companies in the U.S. and the U.K.  Sold free lance writing and PR services to agencies of the U.S., U.K, Irish and South African governments.  Sold subscriptions, world-wide, to a self-created/self-produced food-trade-oriented electronic newsletter. MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS  Created a (successful) world-wide campaign to launch and promote a self-created electronic newsletter.  Created a multi-page brochure to promote and support a U.S. Dept. of Commerce trade exhibit in the U.K.  Oversaw creation of a multi-page brochure to attract businessmen to a trade show in New York State.  Developed campaign to promote launch, in Connecticut, of a monthly publication for new homeowners.  Established consumer interest, across a broad geography, in insurance products I was selling.  Promoted, across England and Scotland, upcoming visits of a mobile dress shop for women 5"2 or shorter.  Helped, as a New York-based P.R. consultant, Ford, Monsanto and other companies with product support. BUSINESS SERVICES  Co-founded two antiques shops; bought for and sold from them, managed front- and back-office ops.  Founded and operated free lance writing businesses in the U.S. and the U.K.  Managed a road show; throughout England and Scotland for a mobile clothing shop.  Advertised for, found, hired and oversaw a driver for that mobile clothing shop; once a mobile library. CUSTOMER SERVICE / PROBLEM SOLVING  Convinced the U.K.'s Transport Ministry to license, in one third-the normal time, a mobile shop.  Provided considerable, varied support for a U.S. Dept. of Commerce trade show exhibit in the U.K.  Managed all financial products offered by Prodigy, the first online news, information, business service.  Wrote one of the very first sets of F.A.Q.s to aid Prodigy customers, many with very little PC experience.  Provided one-on-one phone support for Prodigy customers struggling to use complex financial products.  Collected for / passed on messages to NYC-based actors and musicians via a live-person answering service.  Devised an improved system for collecting / distributing information between food trade businesses globally.
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News Editor

Jan 1989 - Jul 1995 (6 years)

For the original online news, information and entertainment service, I worked five years as a general editor in the newsroom, where we rapidly edited, re-formatted and posted online wire service (and some original) copy; Then, for two years, I was the producer in charge of editing and uploading all financial materials published online by Prodigy. Part of the latter job involved advising, via 'how-to' notes not unlike today's FAQs, users of Prodigy's investment tools how to make those tools do what they

Educação

none

1961 - 1963 (2 years)

Qualificações

Affordable Care Act Basics (2014)

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

This certificate (and the accompanying one for the 'Basics' exam) enable me, as a licensed insurance agent, to sell health insurance complying with the ACA.

Individual Marketplace Agreements (2014)

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services

This certificate (along with the accompanying one for the 'Agreements' exam) qualifies me, as a licensed insurance agent, to sell health insurance that does not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Publicações

Many

As a staff writer/editor and as a freelance, I've written for (and edited) a broad swath of publications around the world as well as having helped edited the broadcast service The Voice of America and the online service Prodigy. I also worked as a 'sub' (copy) editor for The Times in London, and as Pentagon Correspondent for Air Force Times -- a job that entailed interacting, on a daily basis, with 'flag level' (i.e. general staff) members of the U.S. Air Force within and beyond The Pentagon. I starti

Certificações

  • US English Level 1
    98%
  • UK English 1
    83%
  • Academic Writing
    75%

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