Steph Rodriguez 

Professional Experience:

Sacramento News & Review
Experience: Managing Editor, Dining Editor, Cannabis Editor, Copy Editor
Managing Editor, May 2018 – July 2020; Freelance Contributor/Copy Editor April 2009 – May 2018

Write and assign content for publication; Plan special issues; Manage freelance
Copy edit for grammar, punctuation, and AP style; Finalize print issues in Adobe InDesign;
Record annual budget using Microsoft Excel; File editorial and contributor payroll biweekly;
Lead editor of the College Essay Contest 2015-2020;
Lead editor of the Sacramento Area Music Awards 2019-2020;
Completed internships in the events and editorial departments in 2009.

Sacramento Magazine
Freelance Contributor, April 2016 – Present
Responsibilities: Stories include dozens of arts & culture features that highlight the visual and performing arts in Sacramento as well as the impact coronavirus has taken on the creative community in 2020 and beyond.

Capital Public Radio
Freelance Contributor, August 2020 – Present
Responsibilities: Articles published include early-voting during the 2020 Presidential Election; News features on mom-and-pop restaurants; arts and culture check-ins during the pandemic.

Comstock’s Magazine
Experience: Freelance Contributor, September 2020 – Present
Responsibilities: Articles published include in-depth reporting on Northern California’s bountiful citrus industry as well as a hard look at third-party delivery services such as DoorDash and Uber Eats help and hinder local restaurants.

Freelance Journalist & Editor
Freelance journalist and Editor, March 2003 – Present
Responsibilities: Pitch and write original features and news content for multiple established magazines and newspapers throughout California; Copy-edit and proofread content for grammar, punctuation, AP Style, house style et. al; Manage, produce and edit content for online publication WordPress and other CMS platforms; Organize and schedule all content coming in and going out using Airtable software.

General Management Skills: AP Style proficient; Deadline-driven; WordPress; HTML; Vanilla; Markdown; Airtable; CMS savvy; Team player and great collaborator; Independent worker; Microsoft Excel efficient; Staff payroll and annual budget recordings; 74 WPM.

Social Media Skills: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as SEO optimization within CMS using best practices.

Awards & Scholarships:
CNPA 2018: First place in special categories for the Dessert Issue for SN&R
SPJ NorCal Excellence in Journalism Award Winner for food reporting 2018
Sacramento Press Club Dan Walters Journalism Scholarship 2018, 2019
Jean Stephens Journalism Scholarship 2009

Education: Sacramento City College Graduate 2018 || Degree: Associate in Arts, Journalism
Activities: Editor-in-Chief, the Express newspaper; Editor-in-Chief, Mainline magazine; Managing Editor, Mainline magazine

References: Furnished upon request.

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