Lauren E. Carter
Award-winning writer with hundreds of articles published in print and digital publications. Skilled editor with superior attention to detail, strong problem-solving and organizational skills and a proven ability to meet tight deadlines. 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
Deputy Editor, Bay State Banner, Boston, Ma., June 2012-present
Edit, rewrite and proofread all articles for Boston’s weekly newspaper for the black community, with attention to AP style, grammar, clarity and accuracy. Create headlines, subheads and photo captions for local, national and syndicated stories. Sign off on all completed pages before going to print. Recruit, interview and train writers and copy editors. Develop story ideas and assign stories. In this role, I have dramatically reduced the time and expense necessary to edit the paper while increasing the pay for editors. I have also accomplished the following:
-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 boosting Twitter followers and engagement.
Editor & Digital Content Coordinator, The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Ma., September 2012-present
Edit and paginate state, national, entertainment and business news pages using Adobe InDesign. Write and edit headlines, subheads and photo captions for all stories. Upload and organize website content and manage Twitter and Facebook to engage readers and drive traffic to the website. Manage social media accounts during special events including local, state and national elections. Proofread other editors’ pages.
Staff Writer, The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Ma., November 2011-September 2012
Covered local government and schools, wrote general assignment news and features, developed 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.
Arts & Entertainment Correspondent, Boston Herald, 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. 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.
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, Madame Noire, Animal Wellness Magazine, RapRehab.com, KillerBoomBox.com, Sun Chronicle, Bay State Banner, SOHH.com, BallerStatus.com 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. Essays have been published in the anthologies America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals and The Writer’s Presence: A Pool of Readings.
Staff Writer, The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Ma. September 2005-September 2006
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.
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. Proofread and edit several Summit course books.
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.