Julie Brown

JulieMarieBrown@gmail.com | 530.401.4168 | JulieMarieBrown.com

OBJECTIVE  


 

Content strategist and manager with strong writing, research, editing, and relationship-building skills developed over nine years working in journalism. Publishing experience in print and digital, using words, photos, videos, web development—often a combination of several. Background in team and project management. Experience communicating needs and goals to a designer. Accustomed to working under regular deadlines in a professional setting. Familiarity with outdoor recreation industries, environmental and community politics. A mountain-town sensibility with an urban, community-minded lifestyle.

STRATEGY & STRENGTHS


EDUCATION


                Masters of Journalism, University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, California | May 2014

Emphasis on writing, editing, and multimedia

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, University of California San Diego           

Minor, French Studies

La Jolla, California | June 2006

Emphasis on political science and sociology

Provost’s Honors, two quarters

Completed one year of education abroad at the University of Bordeaux, France

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE


 

Managing Editor, Powder Magazine                                               

Carlsbad, California |  June 2013 to Present

Produced award-winning content—digital and print—for The Skier’s Magazine, a 45-year-old publication. Managed editorial production for seven annual print magazines and daily content on Powder.com, encompassing quick-hit blog posts, reported articles, in-depth profiles, and original features. Managed a cadre of writers, assigning and editing stories, as well as reported and wrote original features. Presented stories in easy-to-read and dynamic formats, using photo galleries, videos, timelines, and coding HTML5 and CSS. Also, web analytics, website development, newsletter production, copy editing, social media, event coordination, and client networking.

                Reporter, Richmond Confidential                                    

Richmond, California |  August 2012 to May 2013

Reported the crime beat for a hyperlocal news website serving an urban community in the Bay Area. Brainstormed and pitched story ideas at a weekly roundtable. Researched and reported through public records and interviews. Developed key relationships with leaders in the Richmond Police Department and youth advocacy groups. Provided ongoing coverage on the controversial California state transfer of low-level felons to county prisons. Produced stories using video, photo, and words.

Writer & Content Director, DestinationGuides.com         

Tahoe City, California | March 2010 to March 2011

Produced content for a web-based start-up specializing in global travel guides, including well-written articles about destination activities and locations for the Lake Tahoe and Pacific Northwest blogs. Recruited and managed contributors, editing articles and publishing them to the website.

Associate Editor & Writer, Moonshine Ink                       

Truckee, California | December 2008 to May 2012

Reported, wrote, and edited features and stories for the food, health & wellness, and entertainment departments in an independent start-up newspaper circulating monthly in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Compiled extensive research on larger community-based issues. Wrote creative, comprehensive, and informative articles. Developed relationships with leaders and innovators in the community. Managed a group of writers, contributors, and photographers, and participated on a highly motivated and passionate team of publishers, editors, and journalists.

Community and Environment Reporter, Sierra Sun              

Tahoe City, California | April 2007 to May 2008

Researched issues, trends, and events concerning a hyper-local community and a sensitive mountain environment. Attended community meetings and nurtured relationships with town leaders, business owners, and citizens. Mastered AP style reporting and writing. Consistently turned in articles to meet a daily deadline at 3 p.m. Navigated complex bureaucracies and politics of regulatory environmental planning agencies and county commissions.

WORK EXPERIENCE


Graduate Teaching Assistant                                              

Berkeley, California | January 2013 to May 2013

Upper division course for Feminist Studies at UC Berkeley. Responsible for grading essays, assignments, mid-terms, and finals. Mentored students with essay structure and argument development.

Head Server, Jake’s Lake Tahoe                                        

Tahoe City, California | June 2002 to August 2012

Provided exceptional service to guests in a fine-dining environment. Managed a four- to five-table section. Worked as a team with a passionate, responsible, and friendly staff.  Developed a knowledge of wine, craft beer, and cocktails.

Client Documents Manager, David Brown CPA              

Tahoe City, California | February 2007 to April 2012

Mastered accounting and bookkeeping fundamentals. Organized, prepared, and inputted all circulating client documents into tax accounting software and prepared return documents for clients.

Manager, Pizza Port and Brewery                                

Solana Beach, California | October 2005 to September 2006

Supervised employees and oversaw scheduling and restaurant efficiency. Greeted guests at the front register, took orders, and facilitated transactions. Provided customer service to guests and solved any complaints or crises that arose during a shift. Supported fellow employees in bar and kitchen, served guests food and beverage, bussed tables, made pizzas, and cleaned restaurant.

Server and Hostess, The Brigantine                                                    

Solana Beach, California | Summer 2006

Provided exceptional and friendly service to guests in a fine-dining restaurant. Managed a four- to five-table section and delivered service in multi-course meals. Strengthened knowledge of wine, craft beer, and cocktails. Organized wait time and seating arrangements. Managed reservations lists. Hosted and directed patrons throughout the restaurant.

Ski Instructor, Squaw Valley Ski Resort                            

Olympic Valley, California |November 2008 to April 2010

Instructed children in proper ski technique. Supervised groups of five to eight children and created a fun and safe atmosphere for them to learn in a mountain environment.

Camp Counselor, Camp Skylandia                                              

Tahoe City, California | Summers 2003 and 2004

Created a fun, friendly, and safe atmosphere for children in middle school and preschool age groups in a summer camp environment. Developed, organized, and implemented all games, art projects, activities, and daily field trips for middle schoolers, including the overnight campout that culminated the summer season. Communicated directly with parents about their child’s participation, needs, and strengths.

                                                                                                                                       

FREELANCE


ADVENTURE SPORTS JOURNAL

“Laughing Out Loud,” profile of professional snowboarder Iris Lazz, fall 2012 

ESPN X GAMES

“An American in Chamonix,” a profile and interview on ski mountaineer Dave Rosenbarger, February 2012

“All Sewn Up,” business profile on Big Truck Hats, March 2013

TAHOE QUARTERLY

“Best of Reno Arts Leadership,” roundup of the Reno art scene, 2010

SKILLS


Adobe Creative Suite, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Wordpress, Google Analytics, Spredfast, Slack, Basecamp, Chartbeat, AP style, GitHub, Squarespace, Aloha POS, Word, Excel, Google Sheets/Docs/Slides, Powerpoint, Quickbooks, Lacerte Tax Software, Proficient in French and a little bit of Spanish.

AWARDS & HONORS


2017 National Magazine Award Finalist

General Excellence, Special Interest, Powder Magazine

Photography, Powder Magazine

2015 National Magazine Award Finalist

Multimedia, “The Human Factor,” Powder Magazine

2015 Eddie Award

Full Issue, Powder Magazine Volume 44, Issue 5—The Photo Annual

2015 Eddie Award Honorable Mention

Single Article, “Night Lights,” published in Powder Magazine 44.5

2015 Maggie Award

Best Digital Edition/Tablet Article, “The Human Factor,” Powder Magazine