Lauren E. Carter
Award-winning writer with hundreds of articles published in print and digital publications. Skilled editor with superior attention to detail and strong problem-solving ability. Fully computer literate and social media savvy; proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, SEO tools, Hootsuite, Adobe InDesign.
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Ma.
BA in English, concentration in writing, December 2004
Summa Cum Laude; Departmental Honors; 3.99 GPA; Dean’s List, all semesters
Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Completed three semesters towards a bachelor’s degree
Assistant Print and Digital Editor, The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Ma., September 2012-present
Staff Writer, November 2011 to September 2011
Lay out news pages using Adobe InDesign. Write and edit headlines, subheads and photo captions for all stories. Manage website content and social media accounts to engage readers and drive traffic to the website. Proofread pages before they go to press. As a staff writer, covered local government and schools, wrote general assignment news, features and enterprise stories for Sunday editions. Won a first place award in science and technology reporting from NENPA (New England Newspaper and Press Association) for a series on social media and teens.
Freelance Writer, May 2005-present
Develop, pitch and write stories for local, regional and national publications including the Boston Herald, XXL Magazine and XXLMag.com, Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe Magazine, Metro newspapers (Boston, NY, Philadelphia and Toronto), Madame Noire, Animal Wellness Magazine, RapRehab.com, KillerBoomBox.com, The Sun Chronicle, Bay State Banner, New England Patriots GameDay and theGrio, a division of NBC News. Write artist bios, press releases and marketing/PR copy for companies, individuals and artists. Edit short documents as well as longer publications including a fiction book and three course books for a local tutoring company. My essays have been published in the anthologies America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals and The Writer’s Presence: A Pool of Readings.
Tutor, Summit Educational Group, Newton, Ma., August 2005-present
Tutor elementary, middle and high school students in grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills for standardized tests and academic subjects. Grade and provide feedback on student essays. Proofread and edit several Summit course books.
Deputy Editor, Bay State Banner, Boston, Ma., September 2012-June 2013
Copy editor/Proofreader June 2012- September 2012
Edited, rewrote and proofread all articles for Boston’s weekly newspaper for the black community, with attention to AP style, grammar, clarity and accuracy. Created headlines, subheads and photo captions for local, national and syndicated stories. Signed off on all completed pages before going to print. Developed story ideas and assign stories. Recruited, interviewed and trained writers and copy editors. Created editing & proofreading guidelines and photo submission guidelines to solve recurring problems in the production process. Managed specific portions of the website and revamped the paper’s social media strategy using Hootsuite to schedule Facebook and Twitter posts, doubling the number of Facebook likes from roughly 600 to 1200 and increasing Twitter followers and engagement.
Arts & Entertainment Correspondent, Boston Herald, Boston, Ma., Dec. 2006-March 2012
Developed and wrote news, reviews and feature stories for the Boston Herald’s arts and entertainment section, The Edge, with a focus on music. Reviewed hundreds of albums and live shows; interviewed up-and-coming local artists and national celebrities including Stevie Nicks, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Alicia Keys, Usher, Jamie Foxx and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Staff Writer, The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Ma. September 2005-September 2006
Hired as a full-time writer after four months as a correspondent. Covered local government and schools, wrote general assignment news, features and enterprise stories, columns and entertainment reviews. Traveled to Hollywood to cover a local “American Idol” contestant.
Copywriter, Spectrumedia, North Attleboro, Ma., May 2001-September 2004
Wrote, edited and proofread advertising copy for client websites and print materials such as brochures, direct mail pieces and flyers.
Editor-In-Chief - theBridge, a student journal of Fine Art, Bridgewater State University, 2003-2004
Managed the production of this award-winning, student-run journal of literature and fine art, including: promotion, collection and selection of submissions, editing, proofreading, layout, distribution, and public relations.
Script Writer – Mass. Department of Correction, Bridgewater, Ma., 2002-2003
Wrote portions of a documentary on MCI-Cedar Junction (formerly Walpole State Prison) using articles, reports, interviews, video footage and personal tours. Chronicled and contextualized the prison’s history through a cohesive script.