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  • Sara Schwartz

    Sara Schwartz

    Washington, DC

Journalists often wear many hats and I'm no exception. Throughout my decade-long career, I've written news and feature stories; edited blog posts, news pages and entire magazines; designed inserts, sections and logos; guided freelancers and fellow writers to craft a story in their own voice; and mentored interns and school-aged children to pursue their love of writing.

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Work History

Professional journalist with expertise guiding each page from concept to completion—including idea generation, story development, writing, editing, page design, copy editing and proofreading—at major metro daily newspapers and national magazines. • Write features, briefs, and reviews for major daily newspapers such as The Washington Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner, and The Baltimore Examiner; regional newspapers such as The Gazette, magazines such as Capitol File and DC Style; and trade publications such as Museum magazine. • Edit and assign all content for four regular sections of The Washington Examiner including Healthy Living, Family Life, Green Scene, and Science; also edit the Nation, World and White House pages for the Saturday edition. Edit book galleys for consistency, style and grammar for American Association of Museums and Forest Wood Media Productions. • Design and layout all pages for the four regular sections edited at The Washington Examiner, as well as Yeas & Nays, the political gossip column; also design In Focus, Capitol File’s party photo pages. • Cover diverse subject areas such as education, fitness, science, health, fashion, the arts, environment, music interviews and reviews, entertainment, beauty, bridal and book features and reviews. • Research stories across major newswires, and decide which stories to expand in focus as a special to The Washington Examiner. • Manage editorial teams of up to 10 people, maintain an active log of freelance writing talent, mentor new writers to learn the voice of each publication and train new designers. RECENT HIGHLIGHTS • Won the Second Place award for Feature Design at the 2009 MDDC Press Association Awards. • Wrote hundreds of articles, briefs, blurbs and product reviews for high-circulation newspapers, magazines and websites. • Created the visual identity and energetic design templates for the Healthy Living, Family Life, Green Scene and Science sections as the senior designer at The Washington Examiner; introduced a calendar of events across all sections; and redesigned the Healthy Living section, turning it into one of the paper’s most-read sections. • Compiled exhibit write-ups of major exhibitions across the U.S. for every bi-monthly issue of Museum magazine. • Successfully translated editorial and design internships at Capitol File Magazine and the American Association of Museums into contract writing, editing and design positions. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Freelance writer, editor and designer | 2006 to present Forest Woods Media Productions (Alexandria, VA) – Book editor | 2010 to present Capitol File Magazine (Washington, D.C.) – Freelance designer | 2009 to present American Association of Museums (Washington, D.C.) – Contract editor | 2009 to 2010 The Washington Examiner (Washington, D.C.) | 2006 to 2010 Page designer and features writer | 2006 to 2010 Healthy Living editor | 2007 to 2010 Family Life editor | 2008 to 2010 Green Scene editor | 2008 to 2010 Saturday News editor | 2009 to 2010 Science editor | 2010 The Gazette/The Star Newspapers (Landover, MD) – Editorial assistant | 2005 to 2006


Minnesota State University, Mankato



Won second place in the 2009 MDDC Press Association's awards in feature page design for "Make it a game to go green."