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Last Login 8/11/2016
Location Lafayette, LA
Education Bachelors Degree
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Summary of Experience
Ruth has always loved writing. As a child, she looked forward to weaving her spelling words into stories. She welcomed the weekly school assignment, more like an adventure, and could not wait to share with her classmates and teacher.

An award-winning journalist and experienced writer today, Ruth still enjoys sharing the human aspect -- the human nature -- of life whether she is writing about the culture, business, education, politics or history.

Ruth enjoys writing the story behind the story -- the human aspect of the story, which is often overlooked. She prefers to conduct her interviews as conversations.

Ruth works as the director of Grants/Communications for a community action agency in south Louisiana. She is responsible for coordinating and writing grant applications for programs promoting independent living for disadvantaged populations.

She also enjoys freelancing for a state daily. Her features have placed in the Louisiana Press Association's competition.

Ruth's experience also includes serving as co-publisher and editor of an award-winning cultural magazine, Creole Magazine, in the 1990s.

Her love extends to history as well, documenting cultural and historical legacy. Ruth, who will receive her MA in Public History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was the 2015 recipient of the Jamie Guilbeau Award for Public History.

Also in 2015, Ruth presented her thesis research at the Louisiana Historical Association's Annual Meeting. In 2014, she presented it at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society's Annual Meeting. Also in 2014, she presented a creative fiction chapter at the La. Studies Conference.

Ruth has received newspaper writing/photography awards from the La. Press Association, La. Press Women Association, National Federation of Press Women, and the Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Specialties
Writing, Content Writing, Grant Writing, Newspaper Writing, Press Releases, PSAs, Blogging, Creative Writing, Speech Writing, Editorials, Columns, Desktop Publishing, Research, Editing, Proofreading, Script-Writing, Talking Points, Advertorials, Newsletters and Annual Reports.
Interests
Writing, Reading, Photography, History and Stamp Collecting.
Education
University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) English-Journalism (Minor in Political Science), B.A.

Ruth enrolled in the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the summer before her senior year and the spring of her senior year. She was enrolled in the university's Early Admissions Program, which validated her university grades upon high school graduation.

Her major was English-Journalism with a minor in Political Science. While her minor was declared, she had enough credits to have received minors also in English and Creative Writing. She graduated in 1982.

Ruth is now attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a part-time graduate student, pursuing a M.A. in Public History. She plans to graduate in 2015.


Honors and Awards
Honorable Mention, Individual Feature Writing, Individual Competition As a freelance writer for The Advocate, featured a community activist (Eunice, La.) who reflected on the civil rights era.

2ND PLACE, Individual Feature Writing, Individual Competition As a freelance writer for The Advocate, Ruth's story featured Ema Haq whose restaurant feeds hundreds of individuals every Thanksgiving. The figure also includes homeless persons who are served their meal in elegance and style.

2ND PLACE, Individual Feature Writing, Individual Competition As a freelance writer, featured racism during World War II. Examined the experiences of three local African American men, each representing a branch of the military -- Army, Navy and Air Force.

Association Memberships
Louisiana Historical Association According to its website:
"The Louisiana Historical Association is a dynamic group of diverse individuals who share a common interest in the history of the state of Louisiana. The LHA was founded on April 11, 1889 for the purpose of collecting and disseminating historical information on Louisiana, a goal which remains the primary mission of the association.

"The LHA has attracted both academics and non-academic members over the years and strives to maintain a even balance between the two groups. So whether you are a professional historian, a genealogist, a college student, or simply someone interested in our state's remarkable history, you are sure to find something of interest to you."

Phi Alpha Theta, Epsilon Xi Chapter, History Honor Society The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Phi Alpha Theta Chapter, Epsilon Xi, is considered one of the country's most active honor history chapters.

Membership, which does not include being a history major, is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students must "have completed four or more graduate-level history courses with at least a 3.5 GPA," according to the university website.

Louisiana Press Association According to its website:
"Louisiana Press Association's mission is to unite Louisiana newspapers as a cooperative association which creates and fosters an economic, political, and legal environment where newspapers can compete and flourish as providers of information and information services.

"Louisiana Press Association is the official trade organization for Louisiana newspapers and provides representation in the legislature and educational services. The association acts as an information clearinghouse. It promotes newspaper advertising through its one order, one bill service."

Projects by Industry
Non Profit

Ruth serves as a Board member of CASA of SoLA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates of South Louisiana. CASA is recruits volunteers to serve as advocates for the numerous children in the court system, such as in foster care. As a CASA Board member, Ruth serves as chairperson of the Community Relations Committee. Ruth also works at a non-profit, which promotes self-sufficiency.

While one is a volunteer position, and the other one a paid, both positions enable Ruth to gain experience and understanding of the non-profit world that many others have not. Her experience also enables her to have an insight that can assist clients in promoting their non-profits, or the topic itself. Therefore, she has placed a 0 because payment did not apply.

Politics

Ruth has worked as a freelance writer for newspapers, specifically The Advocate of Baton Rouge, which has bureaus across Louisiana, including south Louisiana where she lives. The Advocate recently incorporated the New Orleans Times-Picayune into its company. Ruth's stories with The Advocate have mostly included features -- human interest stories. However, she has also completed general news assignments. While she has not focused on one area, Ruth has the experience to write on many topics because of her strength and expertise as an award-winning journalist.

Ruth's historical and creative writing backgrounds enable her to explore various forms of writing, which are best suited for the client. She has the flexibility to meet the needs of various clients because she has been trained as a journalist, and also has experience in other fields of writing.

She has estimated the number of stories in the field, but they most likely were more.

Other

Ruth has worked as a freelance writer for newspapers, specifically The Advocate of Baton Rouge, which has bureaus across the Louisiana, including south Louisiana where she lives. The Advocate recently incorporated the New Orleans Times-Picayune into its company.

Ruth's stories with The Advocate have mostly included features -- human interest stories. However, she has also completed general news assignments. While she has not focused on one area, Ruth has the experience to write on many topics because of her strength and expertise as an award-winning journalist.

Her historical and creative writing backgrounds enable her to explore various forms of writing, which are best suited for the client. She has the flexibility to meet the needs of various clients because she has been trained as a journalist, and also has experience in other fields of writing.

She has estimated the number of paid projects, but most likely, the figure is higher.

Projects by SEO Skill
Title/Meta Descriptions

Ruth has limited experience in this field, but she plans on becoming skilled in SEO. As a graduate student, she took a class in the digital age, and learned about placing title/meta descriptions. Ruth is in the process of learning SEO. She understands the concept, and is confident she can excel at achieving positive results.

Projects by Asset Type
Press Release

Ruth's writing experience includes many facets. While she has worked as a journalist and grant writer, she has enjoyed promoting the culture of region.

Ruth has placed 0 as the number of paid projects because this example was done at no cost. However, it is being used as a sample on writing a press release. Ruth encourages others to write their press release as a news story to ensure that it is not edited much or cut by the paper. Press releases cannot be canned, nor can they have too much fluff. Even advertorials must be grounded somewhat in journalism.

Radio Spot

Ruth's writing experience includes many facets. While she has worked as a journalist and grant writer, she has enjoyed writing marketing items such as press releases and radio spots.

Ruth has placed 0 as the number of paid projects because this example was done at no cost. However, it is being used as a sample on writing a radio spot.

Newsletter Content

Ruth's writing experience includes many facets. While she still enjoys being a journalist, she works as the director of grants/communications. In that role, she is responsible for the agency newsletter.

One thing that Ruth has realized: in order to have a successful agency newsletter, one must involve as many staff as possible. Even though it means pulling teeth to get stories, it's worth every minute in the end when staff members say how much they enjoyed the newsletter.

Ruth knows people enjoy reading about other people even though it may be the most simplistic items. And they enjoy seeing pictures. It makes the newsletter more endearing. Stories do not have to cover work-related issues. Perhaps, there's been a new child or grandchild born, or an anniversary celebrated: bring out pics of these.

The newsletter should also include a message from the agency head, as well as updates on company issues and items. Also, Ruth recommends having fun with the newsletter. One of her newsletters featured three staff members with pics of them as children. There was a contest to guess who they were, and staff really enjoyed that.

Ruth has placed 0 as the number of paid projects because this example was done as part of her salaried position. However, it is being used as a sample on writing an item for the agency newsletter.

News Story

Ruth has worked as a journalist since she was in eighth grade. The elementary position was not a paid one, but she believes it came with bylines. Moreover, it was still a thrill to pass out the mimeographed newspaper during homeroom. Since then, Ruth graduated to her high school and university papers. After freelancing, she was worked for a daily for several years. Today, she works as a grants/communications director, but still enjoys writing features for the state's daily newspaper, The Advocate. She is an award-winning journalist.

Blog Post

Ruth's writing experience includes many facets. While she still enjoys being a journalist, she works as the director of grants/communications for a community action agency. In that role, she is responsible for the agency blog.

Ruth has placed 0 as the number of paid projects because this example was done as part of her salaried position. However, it is being used as a sample on writing an agency blog.

Article

Ruth is an award-winning a journalist who has been writing news articles and features since she was in eighth grade. The elementary position was not a paid one, but she believes it came with bylines. Moreover, it was still a thrill to pass out the mimeographed newspaper during homeroom. Since then, Ruth graduated to her high school and university papers. After freelancing, she was worked for a daily for several years.

Today, Ruth works as a grants/communications director, but still enjoys writing features and articles for the state's daily newspaper, The Advocate.

Projects By Expertise
Creative Writer

Ruth has enjoyed writing short stories and poems since she was a child. She remembers the debut of a short story in her 7th or 8th grade class's hand-written literary magazine. In high school, she served as editor of the school's literary magazine after winning first place in the state's short-poem category.

As an undergraduate, Ruth took so many creative writing courses that she could have earned a minor in the subject, but she declared her minor as Political Science. She continues to write today.

Technical Writer

Ruth works as the director of grants/communications for a community action agency in south Louisiana. Her role includes coordinating and writing funding applications. She has written funding applications for less than $5,000 to funding applications for more than $1 million, and has been successful in both endeavors.

She has placed 0 in the field for the number of paid projects because it is non-applicable. This is part of her salaried employment, and she does not receive payment per project.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

Ruth is working on her Masters in Public History. She has experience in research, and historical writing. She is currently working on her thesis. She has written several papers while attending the university as a part-time graduate student.

Conversational

Ruth works as the director of grants/communications at a community action agency, and blogs on various subjects, including man boldly going where he has not gone before. In writing pieces such as this, Ruth likes to establish an informal tone as if she and the reader were in the room together -- simply sharing a conversation.

Ruth has placed a 0 for the number of paid projects because this blog was completed as part of her salaried position.

Journalistic

Ruth has worked as a journalist since she was in eighth grade. The elementary position was not a paid one, but she believes it came with bylines. Moreover, it was still a thrill to pass out the mimeographed newspaper during homeroom. Since then, Ruth graduated to her high school and university papers. After freelancing, she was worked for a daily for several years. Today, she works as a grants/communications director, but still enjoys writing features for the state's daily newspaper, The Advocate. She is an award-winning journalist.

Promotional

Ruth loves various styles of writing, including promotional pieces for events and activities. Some of these are paid assignments; others are volunteer assignments. It depends, but that does not stop her from putting her best effort forward in writing promotional items and press releases.

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