Writer #10521
Lafayette, LA
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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.

Highlights

Last Login
12/7/16
Samples
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Ruth F's Article Product Experience

50 Projects Completed

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.

Industry Projects

  • Other50+
  • Politics20+
  • Non Profit0

Summary of Industry Experience

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.

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.

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.

Product Projects

  • Article50+
  • Blog Post0
  • Press Release0
  • Radio Spot0
  • Newsletter Content0

Summary of Product Experience

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.

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.

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.

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