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D. Cecelia Martinez
15 1st Street, Second Floor Troy, NY 12180

Background in journalism and communications with training in new media, public relations, and design. An experienced editor and reporter with the ability to quickly build sources and produce both enterprise and assigned articles that are effective, well-written, and important to the community. Able to cover a variety of areas as well as contribute to the design and editing process of publication.


December 2009

B.A. Public Communications

Relevant Courses: Journalism, Advanced Newswriting and Reporting, Media Ethics, Introduction to Mass Media, Communication and Culture, Magazine Production Practicum, Web and Multimedia Production, Broadcast Law, Music Law, Public Relations Practicum, Interpersonal Communication

Honors/Awards: Rooney Gibbons Academic Scholarship, Deans List, Gary McLouth Writer of the Year Award, Panelist at the 2009 Associated Collegiate Press College Media Conference

Related Experience

METROLAND — Albany, NY (Jan. 2009 - Present)
Contributing Writer, May 2009 - Present
Editorial Intern, Jan. 2009 – May 2009

Hired on after completing an internship in conjunction with The College of Saint Rose.

* Responsible for independently seeking out news and feature articles for the New York Capital Region’s premiere newsweekly

* Contributes an average of 1-2 articles weekly, more than any other contributing writer at Metroland

* Exceeded typical intern duties by publishing a main feature article, an achievement generally reserved for paid employees

* Contributes to editorial decisions such as the endorsements of political candidates and direction of news and features

THE CHRONICLE — Albany, NY (Aug. 2007 – May 2009)
Executive Editor, May 2008 – May 2009
Staff Writer, August 2007 – May 2008

Award-winning staff writer of the weekly student-produced newspaper at The College of Saint Rose promoted to Executive Editor after only one year with the organization.

* Managed a staff of seven editors and 30 staff writers to oversee all aspects of producing the weekly student newspaper at The College of Saint Rose as well as breaking news web content

* Managed a budget of $18,000 and made crucial decisions involving publishing, advertising, fund raising, technology, training, recruiting, and other financial expenditures

* Implemented a complete redesign for the print version of The Chronicle

* Designed and oversaw beta testing of a new website, and launched a media campaign utilizing social networking sites like Twitter to improve the visibility and interactivity of The Chronicle as a brand

Skills and Training

* 80 WPM, Interviewing, AP style, Quark, Photoshop, Photography, Videography, HTML, WordPress, Cpanel, Macromedia Flash, Mac/PC, Microsoft Office Suite, Social networking/Twitter, Spanish, data entry, cash handling

* Regularly participates in courses through Poynter NewsU as well as seminars in social media and writing

Other Interests

* Singer in two bands performing original music, one of which was named Metroland's Best New Band of 2009.

* Involvement in production, distribution and promotion of a full-length album, as well as promotion and booking of live performances across the Northeast

Professional Memberships and Associations

Capital Alliance of Young Professionals
Society of Professional Journalists
Associated Collegiate Press