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Lorelei Laird

Professional Profile

Legal journalist and writer since 2002. Experienced with immigration law, intellectual property, criminal justice reform and Indian law, among others. Former freelancer experienced in generating and pitching ideas and being self-reliant. Comfortable with Web-based content management systems.

Experience

American Bar Association Journal, Los Angeles, CA
Legal Affairs Writer, 12/13-present
-Generate and pitch story ideas
-Write features and mid-length magazine pieces
-Contribute to daily news and special packages

Various clients, Los Angeles, CA
Freelance writer, 3/04-12/13
-experience includes Web site content writing; “ghostblogging” for law firms; legal marketing materials; business newsletters; copy editing; magazine articles; and rewriting/localization for Asian comic books.

Daily Journal Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Business reporter, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 8/04-10/05
-generated, researched and wrote stories on the business of law
-beats included business litigation and large law firms

Editorial Assistant, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 11/03-8/04
-updated and maintained stories on newspaper’s website
-compiled weekly entertainment calendar and sports listings
-corrected minor technical problems in editorial department
-wrote stories as assigned

Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Los Angeles, CA
Staff Writer, 8/02-11/03
-wrote news stories about the legal community
-planned and organized content of daily newspaper
-proofread, wrote headlines and refined layout
-chose appropriate wire stories

Hill Country News, Cedar Park, TX
Staff Writer, 2/02-8/02
-wrote news and feature stories as assigned
-generated story ideas
-took photographs
-processed photos in Photoshop
-proofread pages
-laid out pages in QuarkXpress and sent to printer

Round Rock Leader, Round Rock, TX
Freelancer, 10/01-2/02
-wrote feature stories as assigned

TimeSys Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Technical Writer, 9/00-2/01
-wrote and updated software documentation
-wrote, proofread, and formatted other company documents as needed
-worked cooperatively with head technical writer and software engineers


Education

 

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
B.A. with university honors in professional writing, May 2001; GPA: 3.67

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