Mark M
Writer #10343
Nashville, TN
Joined 9/21/2014
5 Star Rating
99% Success
821 Projects
10 Endorsements
6 Elite Skills
Mark is a freelance journalist with 17 years of experience writing for print publications and the web. Mark has been a Contributing Writer for The Tennessean and The Nashville Scene, institutions with circulations of 200,000 and 100,000 readers respectively. He's placed pieces in national magazines as well. Mark's first published works were short fiction and poetry, and he has written scripts for instructional television programs for educators. He has also written for Legal Zoom and other websites that discuss matters of law:


- Top five contributor at Toovia.com
- Contributing Writer for The Tennessean (Nashville), contributing editor music
- Contributing Writer for The Nashville Scene
- Wrote for stayonthego.com
- Wrote ehow.com, allaboutpolitics.com
- Writing for various corporate newsletters and websites


Mark has written extensively on film, and three essays on Japanese horror films are featured in the book "Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror" (Rowman & Littlefield).

Mark has proven ability across several fields and platforms. Here's a client's take on his work:

"Mark went way beyond to understand the issues. He brought his A game to this project. which resulted in excellent work."

Mark graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and has worked in politics, employment law -- as an appeals hearing officer and Equal Employment Officer -- and senior researcher on a legal historical study. His legal expertise extends to legislative analysis and criminal law; he worked as a clerk for a State Supreme Court Justice.

Mark participated in the National Minority Editorial Writers' Seminar, sponsored by the Association of Editorial Writers.

His CV shows a legal and political emphasis, yet doesn't express fully his love for writing, his first love. In addition to his published writing on film and music, Mark is a passionate sports writer and a pithy copy writer.
Legal
Entertainment
Web Page
Blog Post
Craft
Politics
Education
Auto
Health
Article

Specialties

Mark covered the entertainment beat primarily, writing features, profiles and film and music criticism. He also has experience writing for content providers covering a wide range of topics, including legal writing. His undergraduate work in Psychology makes him a great choice for health related projects. He has demonstrated skill as a copywriter and writes frequently on sports.

He is eager to try subjects outside his field to exercise his research muscles.

Interests

Outside of music and film, Mark enjoys college football and professional soccer.

Education

University of North Carolina

Mark was a member of the varsity football team and received an Academic Achievement award while in college.

University of Tennessee College of Law

Mark was active in the Black Law Students Association, Moot Court, and wrote for the campus newspaper while a law student.

Entertainment

131 Projects Completed, Elite Badge Awarded

Contributing Writer for the Nashville Scene; wrote film and music criticism, features and profiles. Contributing Writer for The Tennessean. Urban music editor at tuneinmusiccity.com. Writer for various content providers including helium.com and demand studios where he placed hundreds of short articles on various subjects. Wrote profiles for corporate website.

His clients speak:
"Thank you so much for this great piece!"
"Very well done."
"This is good. We appreciate your efforts."

Legal

114 Projects Completed, Elite Badge Awarded

Clerk for State Supreme Court Justice; wrote death penalty opinion. Attorney for State Legislature; wrote and analyzed legislation presented for vote. Equal Employment Officer; conducted investigations into charges of discrimination, conducted seminars on federal law. Appeals Hearing Officer; held quasi-judicial hearings on award of unemployment benefits, performed fact-finding, evaluated witness testimony, ruled on motions of parties, wrote opinions based on legal analysis.

Health

86 Projects Completed, Elite Badge Awarded

Mark has written dozens of articles on health and wellness, most of them centering around fitness and training, as well as discussing the benefits and risks of taking various training supplements.

Auto

37 Projects Completed

Mark has written articles and copy on automobiles using his journalism experience to create memorable pieces and attract buyers.

Education

26 Projects Completed

Senior Research Associate on Title III grant. Wrote application for federal grant which the government awarded $350,000 for an historical study. Conducted research of primary and secondary sources, interviews and performed pre-production for a proposed documentary.
Web Content Editor for a Historically Black University.
Equal Employment OfficerI created and maintained web pages on the university web site to further the university's mission, increase enrollment and maintain a uniformity in design and content. He used the university's content management system (CMS) as well as some html and CSS in addition to other web editing tools.

Politics

20 Projects Completed, Elite Badge Awarded

State Political Director for National Campaign. Communications Director for State Party. Organized groups and solicited their support for the campaign. Organized public events. Wrote internal communications and external press releases. Assisted with strategy for "get out the vote" efforts. Directed the strategy of field operatives.

Craft

17 Projects Completed

Mark has written dozens of pieces on the tools of the craft trade, from instructional videos to kilns and large appliances utilized in industrial settings.

Blog Post

149 Projects Completed

Mark writes pithy, shareable blog posts on a variety of topics that get to the central conceit in a few words. He has been the editor for a music blog for a major daily publication and has written blog posts for an alt.weekly, in addition to keeping his highly viewed personal blog for several years.

Web Page

143 Projects Completed, Elite Badge Awarded

Mark writes compelling, topical and informative pieces for consumers and info addicts alike. He was the Web Content Editor at an urban university and has written and designed web pages for personal clients. He has created content for a wide variety of sites on an even greater number of topics, from sports to health to men's lifestyle.

Article

98 Projects Completed, Elite Badge Awarded

Mark is an experienced journalist with 15 years of experience writing features and criticism for print publications. He has also written for the web on various topics, from sports to travel.

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