Denis Devine’s resume

EXPERIENCE

WHYY, Philadelphia, PA.

Producer, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. 8/09-3/13. Launched & maintained Facebook and Twitter accounts & developed social-media strategy for the daily news & culture talk show on Philadelphia’s NPR station. Edited and coordinated web presence via WordPress. Produced daily, 2-hour talk show, conceiving, developing and executing shows and pre-interviewing and booking guests. Edited audio for broadcast & web. Managed interns.
Editor/Producer. 10/08-8/09. Edited and reported for the local news broadcast of Philadelphia’s National Public Radio affiliate, 90.9-FM and whyy.org.

North County Times, Escondido & Oceanside, CA.

Topics Editor. 10/07-2/08. As the top editor directing the regional news report for a 93,000-circulation daily newspaper and popular website, I managed seven full-time reporters and many freelancers. Our beats included military, immigration, courts, environment, transportation, growth, county, state, water and Native American tribes. I coordinated our coverage of the aftermath of the October 2007 wildfires, Iraq war-crimes trials for U.S. Marines, and the Super Tuesday presidential primary election, among others. In just a few months, I significantly improved the quality of our writing, reporting and investigating, as well as our writing to length and deadline.
Opinion Editor. 3/06-10/07. I was responsible for all (intentionally) biased content in the print and web editions, from editorials to letters to the editor to web comments. I managed four full-time and three part-time employees and supervised seven regular freelance columnists. I planned, edited and wrote editorials; facilitated editorial board interviews; edited the Sunday Perspective section, local and syndicated columns and op-eds; and supervised our online Opinion content, including policies and practice of posting Web comments. I also had a regular spot on a local current affairs TV show and facilitated town-hall meetings on issues ranging from health-care reform to illegal immigration.
Assistant Editorial Page Editor. 11/04-3/06. I did most of the work listed under Opinion Editor, and I initiated a consumer-watchdog feature.
Encinitas Zone Reporter. Energy Reporter. Copy Editor/Page Designer. 10/00-8/02.

Print and online publications.

Freelance writer. 9/02-10/04. Published in Rodale’s Scuba Diving; Sport Diver; Contra Costa Times, Contra Costa County, CA; the Californian of Monterey County, CA; Berkeley Daily Planet of Berkeley, CA; and the North County Times; and websites of the Committee of 100, the California Coastal Coalition and Research@Berkeley, the UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor of Research’s online magazine.

Blue Ocean Institute, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Writing Intern. 6/03-8/03. This internship allowed me to apprentice with award-winning author and conservation biologist Carl Safina. I studied and wrote about marine conservation, fisheries management and sustainable seafood issues for magazines and the nonprofit organization’s website. I also helped design and edit the group’s sustainable seafood wallet card.

Richner Communications, Long Beach & Lawrence, NY.

Long Beach Herald Editor. 9/98-8/00. As the youngest editor in the newspaper chain’s 120-year history, I wrote editorials, columns and stories, including several honored with statewide awards. I assigned and edited the work of reporters, photographers and freelance columnists.
Village Herald Reporter. 10/97-9/98. Covered villages of Lynbrook, East Rockaway and Malverne, NY.

National Medical Fellowships, New York, NY.

Development Assistant. 8/96-6/97. I wrote newsletters, acknowledgement and direct-mail appeal letters, board reports, press releases and grant proposals for a nonprofit raising funds for and disbursing financial aid to minority medical students.

AmeriCorps: Fellowship of Light Youth & Community Services, Baltimore, MD.

Team leader. 10/95-8/96. I taught creative writing and job skills to incarcerated youths at a carpentry/boat-building alternative high school. Helped eight former drug dealers earn their GEDs and get jobs. Initiated and led an afterschool art program for children living in low-income housing projects. Secured grant funding for and then designed and directed a community mural project for at-risk teens.

EDUCATION

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley, CA.

M.A. in Journalism with emphasis in Environmental Reporting for print and the web. May 2004. In addition to my coursework and reporting, which brought me to India and Thailand, I served as graduate assistant for two mentors: David Weir, co-founder of the Center for Investigative Reporting and author of Circle of Poison; and my master’s thesis advisor, Michael Pollan, best-selling author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.

B.A. with General Honors and Honors in English. May 1995. 3.72 GPA. English/Writing major, Peace Studies minor (a minor I created that has since become a thriving major at Goucher).

SKILLS

Digital: Social media content management on Twitter (Hootsuite & TweetDeck), Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr. SEO analysis using Google and Facebook Analytics. Digital audio editing on Pro Tools, SADIE, Adobe Audition & Audacity. SoundCloud and DocumentCloud fluency. Digital video editing on Final Cut Pro and iMovie. Blogging and web design on WordPress, Joomla, FrontPage, and Dreamweaver. Graphic design on Quark Xpress. Statistical analysis on Microsoft Excel. Photo editing on Adobe Photoshop and iPhoto. GIS data analysis and mapping on ArcView and MapShop. Research on Lexis-Nexis and far more. New programs, platforms and skills each year.

Language: I’m continually working to improve my Spanish, including frequent travel in Mexico and Central America and several weeks of Spanish-immersion classes.

HONORS & AWARDS

2012: First Place, News or Sports Talk Show, Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Awards
Fellowship to attend the Online News Association 2012 conference from the Center for Public Interest Journalism.

2007: First Place, Public Service/Consumer Advocacy, Daily Newspaper/Website, San Diego Press Club
Third Place, Headlines, Daily Newspaper and Websites, San Diego Press Club
Honorable Mention, Commentary, Daily Newspaper and Websites, San Diego Press Club

2006: The Lee Enterprises President’s Award for Innovation
Media Award, Sierra Club San Diego Chapter

2004: Travel Grant: India, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

2003: Pacific Rim Research Program Mini-Grant, University of California President’s office
Reporting Project Grant: Thailand, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Environmental Journalism Fellowship, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii

2000: First Place, Coverage of the Environment, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest
First Place, Best Obituaries, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest

1999: First Place, News Story, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest
Second Place, Spot News Coverage, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest

1998: Honorable Mention, Best Obituaries, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest

1997: Second Place, Education Coverage, Long Island chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

1996: AmeriCorps Education Award, for 10 months of community service in southeast Baltimore

1995: Sara de Ford Award of the Academy of American Poets
Leadership Service Award, Goucher College’s Class of 1995

1991: Dean’s Scholarship, four-year full-tuition scholarship enabled me to attend Goucher College

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Social media and innovative multimedia journalism. Being a new dad, which has replaced in my life things like (the former contents of this space): Waveski surfing; basketball; trail-running; swimming; kayaking; birding; cycling; hiking; camping; disc golf; fishing. Improving mi Español. Enjoying live and recorded music of (almost) all kinds. Reading: as many newspapers as I can, front to back; magazines, websites and blogs focusing on politics, social change, media criticism, independent film and music; and fiction when I can. Trying to keep up with the adventures of my wife, son, nine siblings, 22 nephews and nieces and an ever-expanding Irish-American clan.

References and writing samples available upon request.

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