Emily Blackwood


Award-Winning Writer & Editor

Motivated, confident, and personable journalist with 7+ years of experience in writing and editing is currently seeking a new and challenging opportunity utilizing her existing skill set and strengths to impact an employer’s editorial content. Her stellar interpersonal skills are exemplified in fast-paced and demanding work environments, and her driven and determined mindset makes for a highly-focused writer who tackles any project assigned with zest and enthusiasm.

She's very humble and capable of the following abilities: 

Writing | Blogging | Copywriting | Team Collaboration | Research | Editing | SEO | Google Analytics | Social Media | News Reporting | Marketing | Keyword Research 

Professional Experience

News Editor, YourTango, 2017 to Present

Directly engage clients and consumers via social media marketing, including the production of live online video content. Leverage knowledge of market and performance of past articles to focus writers’ efforts on material to support organization’s brand and message. 

·       Produced and edited 20+ articles per week focused on celebrity, trending and entertainment news.

·       Tracked article performance, reviewed data and metrics via Google Analytics.

·       Assigned and edited 10+ articles a week to a team of three interns, created headlines for articles prior to publication.

·       Identified trending topics and news stories, produced articles for web publication.

·       Trained interns in scheduling and posting on the brand's Facebook page, and posted to the brand's Instagram page on a weekly basis. 

Contributing Writer, The Bolde, 2017

Researched and generated article ideas to meet production demand and publication schedule. Reviewed contributing writers list and created articles based on appealing topics and knowledge base. Researched information for articles, completed interviews of qualified subject matter experts and ensured proper grammatical structure. 

·       Created up to 7 unique articles a week about relationships and dating.

·       Responsible for timely completion of internal linking to promote articles.

Editorial Fellow, YourTango, 2015 to 2017

Edited articles for experts and covered top trending news. Actively managed and drove the performance of social media marketing, including Facebook and Twitter feeds, that targeted key demographics for promoted content.

·       Wrote 3+ stories per day on a variety of lifestyle topics including relationships, food, beverages, travel and other personal interest stores.

·       Optimized articles and web pages for search engines using keywords and cross-linking. 

·       Authored social media content that gained national interest and re-publication by The Huffington Post.

·       Ran the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the brand and posted and scheduled content to social media channels on a daily basis. 

Editor/Columnist, Ormond Beach Observer, 2013 to 2017

Weekly columnist for a community paper, reporting stories that connected with 13k+ weekly readers within the city. Covered all aspects of local government, including city and county commission, police department, fire department and the school board. Fostered ideas and new content for special sections of the publication; collaborated with other members of the editorial and sales team to see projects to completion. 

·       Promoted to the role of news editor and coordinated the monthly special sections that ran in the publication as well as the Palm Coast Observer.

·       Wrote 10 to 20 stories a week, took photos and came up with any other design elements for print.

·       Maintained relationships with high-profile local sources for stories and conducted interviews/fact-checking on information prior to publishing.

·       Authored a weekly lifestyle column about living in the community, called “Big Girl Now.”

Education & Professional Development

Bachelors of Art (B.A.) Journalism, University of Central Florida, 2013

Motivated, confident, and personable journalist with 7+ years of experience in writing and editing is currently seeking a new and challenging opportunity utilizing her existing skill set and strengths to impact an employer’s editorial content. Her stellar interpersonal skills are exemplified in fast-paced and demanding work environments, and her driven and determined mindset makes for a highly-focused writer who tackles any project assigned with zest and enthusiasm.

She's very humble and capable of the following abilities: 

Writing | Blogging | Copywriting | Team Collaboration | Research | Editing | SEO | Google Analytics | Social Media | News Reporting | Marketing | Keyword Research 

Professional Experience

News Editor, YourTango, 2017 to Present

Directly engage clients and consumers via social media marketing, including the production of live online video content. Leverage knowledge of market and performance of past articles to focus writers’ efforts on material to support organization’s brand and message. 

·       Produced and edited 20+ articles per week focused on celebrity, trending and entertainment news.

·       Tracked article performance, reviewed data and metrics via Google Analytics.

·       Assigned and edited 10+ articles a week to a team of three interns, created headlines for articles prior to publication.

·       Identified trending topics and news stories, produced articles for web publication.

·       Trained interns in scheduling and posting for the brand's Facebook page, and posted to the brand's Instagram page on a weekly basis. 

Contributing Writer, The Bolde, 2017

Researched and generated article ideas to meet production demand and publication schedule. Reviewed contributing writers list and created articles based on appealing topics and knowledge base. Researched information for articles, completed interviews of qualified subject matter experts and ensured proper grammatical structure. 

·       Created up to 7 unique articles a week about relationships and dating.

·       Responsible for timely completion of internal linking to promote articles.

Editorial Fellow, YourTango, 2015 to 2017

Edited articles for experts and covered top trending news. Actively managed and drove the performance of social media marketing, including Facebook and Twitter feeds, that targeted key demographics for promoted content.

·       Wrote 3+ stories per day on a variety of lifestyle topics including relationships, food, beverages, travel and other personal interest stores.

·       Optimized articles and web pages for search engines using keywords and cross-linking. 

·       Authored social media content that gained national interest and re-publication by The Huffington Post.

·       Ran the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the brand and posted and scheduled content to social media channels on a daily basis. 

Editor/Columnist, Ormond Beach Observer, 2013 to 2017

Weekly columnist for a community paper, reporting stories that connected with 13k+ weekly readers within the city. Covered all aspects of local government, including city and county commission, police department, fire department and the school board. Fostered ideas and new content for special sections of the publication; collaborated with other members of the editorial and sales team to see projects to completion. 

·       Promoted to the role of news editor and coordinated the monthly special sections that ran in the publication as well as the Palm Coast Observer.

·       Wrote 10 to 20 stories a week, took photos and came up with any other design elements for print.

·       Maintained relationships with high-profile local sources for stories and conducted interviews/fact-checking on information prior to publishing.

·       Authored a weekly lifestyle column about living the community, called “Big Girl Now.”

Education & Professional Development

Bachelors of Art (B.A.) Journalism, University of Central Florida, 2013

Awards & Recognition

Breaking News Story – 1st Place, Florida Press Association 2017

Profile Feature Story – 2nd Place, Florida Press Association 2017

Spot News Photo – 1st Place, Florida Press Association 2017

Journalist of the Year - Honorable Mention, Local Media Association, 2016

Best Performance - Ambassador, Observer Media Group, 2015

Best Column Writing - 2nd Place, Local Media Association, 2015