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Mel J
Editor #3298
North Little Rock, AR
Joined 11/5/2018
4 Star Rating
531 Projects
With almost 20 years as a professional writer, editor and communicator, as well as 15 years of graphic design experience, Mel Jones has spent her career in both nonprofit communications and magazine editorial direction. Jones has always had a way with words, and in fourth grade she caught her very first typo—which involved her own writing assignment and the omission of a very essential consonant in the word "shirt." She holds bachelor's degrees in both journalism and English.

As a nonprofit communications director, Jones manages all communications and marketing efforts, including website, email marketing, social media, press releases and program materials. As a one-person department, she writes, edits and designs print and digital content for more than two dozen programs.

As a magazine editor and editorial director, Jones' skills include managing the editorial direction and content for monthly and quarterly magazines, writing stories, editing copy and proofing final books before publication. And as publications director for a nationally known lifestyle brand, her responsibilities ranged from ghostwriting editorial content for lifestyle experts, crafting sponsor-related content, developing marketing materials and writing scripts.

While Jones has split her career across two very different industries, she has done so by continuously honing her core strengths—excellent research skills, willingness to learn about unfamiliar subject matter for new projects, understanding her audience, a true love of words, and advanced knowledge and usage of AP Style—to develop creative and compelling content.
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Specialties

Editorial: Blog posts, departmental copy, feature stories, essays, profiles, eBooks

Communications: Web copy, press releases, printed promo materials (brochures, handouts, programs, catalogs, etc.), social media posts, branding campaigns, presentation materials (PowerPoint, decks, speeches, talking points), email marketing campaigns, newsletters

Other: Manuscripts, SEO keywords and alt-text, branding and style guides, product descriptions (short and long), sell sheets, case studies, white papers, PDF creation and editing for accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 508 compliance

Interests

Home: Collecting art; Cooking and entertaining; furniture; gardening and outdoor living; home improvement and remodeling; interior design and home décor; real estate

Health & Lifestyle: Accessibility and disability; alternative medicine and therapies; blindness and visual impairment; climate change; cruelty free; ethical and sustainable products and practices; skincare and self care; wellness and spirituality; outdoor sports and recreation

Creative: Accessibility and design, architecture and design; Apple products; apps; branding and marketing; books and publishing; crafts and hobbies; digital media, fashion and beauty; handbags; jewelry; making art, mobile tech; music; pop culture; new and emerging technology; "planner culture"; photography, shoes; web design

 

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500 Projects Completed

Annual general information brochure for WSB, where I am the entire communications department. Created the concept, wrote and edited the content, designed the brochure. Worked with CEO on developing content. This piece won 2018 Hermes Gold Award for marketing brochure. This was my third Hermes award!

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31 Projects Completed

In a freelance content director capacity, planned content calendar, produced four blog posts per month, and edited four to six blog posts per month. Blog post topics ranged from outdoor entertaining to building materials and remodeling, as well as features on client's products.

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