Hi! I’m Carolyn Cole, an independent journalist, freelance writer and all-around word nerd living in Oklahoma City.

I have 12 years of experience in news reporting, photography, design and copy editing. During that time, I worked as part of a news team that won many Oklahoma Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists awards.

I love to write, meet interesting people and tell their stories. I have had a wide experience covering everything from city, county and school government to agriculture, health, business and breaking news.

Here is my resume and references:

Carolyn M. Cole
2519 N. Harvey Ave. Apt. No. 2
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 441-1935
immera@gmail.com

EDUCATION:
Drury University, Springfield Mo.,
Major: Journalism, Minor: Physics
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree, May 13, 2001
Summa Cum Laude, 3.936 GPA

RELATED EXPERIENCE:
Mustang News (Circulation 5,000) weekly (at times semi-weekly) newspaper, reporter.
(April 2004 – October 2013)
Wrote news and feature articles and took photos for the Mustang News and El Reno Tribune. I design the Mustang News’ pages and help manage the newspaper’s Facebook presence. Tasks were performed using Quark Xpress, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.

Legislative Information Network (eCapitol)
(July 2001 – April 2004)
Served as a page designer and copy editor for a daily newsletter covering Oklahoma State Capitol events. I also attended meetings and wrote stories. During bill filing, I helped enter measures into the database. Tasks were performed using Adobe Pagemaker and Adobe Photoshop.

Springfield News-Leader, Copy Desk Internship
(September 2000 – May 2001)
Performed the duties of a rim editor: proofread and trimmed local and wire stories, wrote headlines and cutlines. Tasks were performed using Quark CopyDesk.

Drury Mirror, Editor-In-Chief
(September 2000 – May 2001)
Responsible for design, editing and reporting for the weekly college newspaper. I edited and wrote stories and designed pages.
Drury Mirror, News Editor: (September 1999 – May 2000)

HONORS:
Mustang Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month February 2011
Mustang News staff won the Division 4 Oklahoma Press Association Sequoyah Award in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The staff won the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists Best Newspaper honor in Division C in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and won second place in 2008.
Individual Oklahoma SPJ Awards – 2008-2009: First place in spot news reporting and second place in feature writing; 2007-2008: First-place awards in political, spot news, diversity, education and political and government reporting.
Outstanding Journalism Student Department Award, May 3, 2001.
Outstanding Service to the Drury Physics Department Award, May 3, 2001.
Classen School of Advanced Studies valedictorian, ranked second in class, May 1997.

OTHER EXPERIENCE:
After 9 Shoes
I sold women’s shoes, sizes 9 ½ to 13. (June 1998 – March 2003)

Drury Physics Department Assistant
I worked in the physics laboratory, helped other students with assignments and organized equipment. I created visual aids for use in Power Point presentations. (August 1998 – May 2001)

REFERENCES:
Brett Jones, former supervisor at Mustang News and longtime colleague (405)265-0191, (405)326-5411.
Ryan Lerma, Mustang News advertising director and longtime colleague. (405) 246-8517.
Carolyn Klepper, Friends of the Mustang Public Library founder. (405)376-2018.
Justin Battles, Mustang Parks and Recreation director (405)376-3411, (405)201-8436.
Toni Guilleneau, former owner of After 9 Shoes. (405)524-0584, (405)519-6979.

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