Creative Writing and Graphic Design

Work Samples

  • Cartooning

  • Photo Art

  • Theatrical

Work History

Tom Mannis Chicago, IL E-mail: thomasmannis@gmail.com Summary: Versatile writing professional, with experience ranging from catalog copywriter to news reporter. WRITING, JOURNALISM and EDITING EXPERIENCE Editor/Publisher, Chicago News Bench, Chicago, IL – October, 2006 - Present Started as “Rogers Park Bench,” a neighborhood website. CNB (www.chicagonewsbench.com) has grown to an average of more than 10,000 impressions/hits per month and has an excellent Google Page Rank of 5/10. Original articles and commentary have been quoted many times in the Chicago Sun-Times and other websites nationwide. Official blogger for Right Nation 2010 conference in September, 2010. http://www.chicagonewsbench.com/ Owner, Creative Logo Design Graphics, Chicago IL and Madison WI – October 2006 - Present Custom graphics creation and copywriting for web and print http://logodesigngraphics.blogspot.com/ Writer, Photographer, Uptown Community Guide 2008-2009, Chicago, IL – Summer, 2008 Writing and photography for this business directory created for the Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown. The Guide was published by News-Star (Chicago Journal, Oak Park, IL). Copy available as PDF on request. Writer, Photographer, The Chicago Journal, Oak Park, IL – 2007 - 2008 Reporter and news photographer for The Chicago Journal's family of newspapers (Booster, News-Star and Skyline). Was often featured on the front pages of these publications. Samples available on request. Executive Assisant, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Chicago, IL – 2004 - 2006 Writing and journalism skills were used in support of the Director of Field Operations. Assisted with editing of the ACGME’s Bulletin and e-Bulletin, sometimes re-writing articles written by medical professionals to read in a common voice. Researched article topics on the internet (using PubMed and other online sources). Other duties included: • Composed and edited meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, memos, forms, agendas and more. • Handled logistics and travel arrangements, hotel and dining arrangements, conference calls and meetings. • Researched and wrote statistical reports for Field Staff personnel and maintained detailed Field Staff rosters. Copywriter, Spiegel Catalog, Oak Brook, IL – 1978 - 1979 Wrote fabulously enticing, deliciously convincing ad copy for Spiegel Catalog. RELATED EXPERIENCE Content Specialist/Web Researcher, Radiowave.com, Inc., Chicago, IL – 2000 - 2001 Radiowave.com streamed online music to web sites such as MSN.com, ArtistDirect.com, Rollingstone.com, BlueNote.com and radio broadcasters nationwide. Maintained the integrity of digital music and art databases, matching songs, artists, albums and cover art for linking to Amazon.com and other vendors. Worked directly with Program Directors to resolve data-related problems. Assisted with optimization of data entry. Associate Editor, Badger Herald, Madison, WI – 1975 - 1977 Independent weekly newspaper. Edited submissions, wrote original news reports and commentary, and assisted with copy-and-layout preparation. EDUCATION • B.A. Journalism & Advertising, University of Wisconsin-Madison • Overseas study in Munich, Germany (through University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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