My biggest strength and my favorite part of any communications position is writing. I have always expressed myself best through writing. As a kid, I even created a newsletter for my family with stories about our relatives, our pets, upcoming celebrations and more.
Thanks to my various internships and jobs, I have developed the ability to write for diverse audiences and about diverse topics. My most significant writing experience has come from working for Independent We Stand, a group dedicated to the buy-local movement. I write blog posts, ad copy and other materials on topics related to small businesses.
Experience & Work Samples
Writer, Independent We Stand September 2013 – present
Public Relations Intern, Independent We Stand May 2013 – August 2013
Independent We Stand is a movement dedicated to supporting local businesses and educating the public about the economic and social benefits of buying local. The program is sponsored by STIHL, Chrysler Group, and Devoe Paint, and managed by The Meridian Group, an integrated marketing agency in Virginia Beach, Va. My work with Independent We Stand has given me the opportunity to interact with independent business owners across the country and to serve them, by providing them with the resources they need to market their business, compete with big-box retailers, and encourage the “buy local” movement in their communities.
After completing a summer internship with Independent We Stand, I became a part-time writer, working virtually from Chapel Hill, N.C. As a writer, I have primarily created content for the IWS blog. I have also written copy for the IWS website and Legislative Action Center, a tool aimed at connecting small business owners with government officials.
A complete archive of my Independent We Stand blog posts can be found at http://www.independentwestand.org/blog/. Some of my recent posts include an informative piece on the 2014 Farm Bill, a how-to guide about mobile content and a feature on a particular local business.