Skills

+ Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
+ QuarkXpress
+ Adobe Creative Suite (7-CS3), including PageMaker and Acrobat
+ XHTML, CSS, implenting JavaScript
+ Uploading to content management systems and some PHP
+ Flash and basic ActionScript
+ Some Spanish language

Experience

August 2007 - May 2008
Graphic Designer/Web Designer
Engineering Publications, University of Florida
- Managed online content and graphics (CMS and coding)
- Designed magazine advertisements, pages, books and pamphlets
- Copy-edited magazine stories and other publication texts

May 2007 - August 2007
Online Intern, writer
Miami.com, The Miami Herald
- Wrote, edited and HTML-coded online stories and travel guides
- Updated restaurant and event databases
- Recorded video segment and celebrity interviews for online
- Participated in task force to develop ideas for attracting young readers to news

January 2007 - May 2008
Art Director
Orange and Blue Magazine, University of Florida
- Assigned photos and directed cover photo shoot
- Created graphics and illustrations
- Designed page layouts and magazine cover
- Prepared files for press and worked with printer

Summer 2006
Design Intern and Assistant
University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
- Updated book cover designs
- Scanned and prepared photos and illustrations for press
- Pre-flight and pre-press duties
- Submitted catalog information to Library of Congress

January 2006 to August 2006
Designer and Copy Editor
College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida
- Designed pages for Performance Magazine, alumni magazine
- Designed college faculty and staff monthly newsletter
- Designed invitations, fliers, postcards, and brochures
- Edited copy for newsletters, alumni magazine, and pamphlets

January 2005 to January 2006
Production Staff
The Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville, Fla.
- Designed page layouts
- Placed and modified articles and photos
- Met hourly mini-deadlines and daily final press deadlines

Summer 2005
Contributing writer
The Independent Florida Alligator
- Conceived story ideas
- Conducted on-scene and scheduled interviews with locals, professionals and experts
- Took photographs to submit with stories for publication

August 2004 - January 2008
Office Assistant
Department of Journalism, University of Florida
- Responsible for answering phones, taking messages, mail, photocopying, organization, and other clerical duties
- Assisted students, faculty, and others with questions about the college and university procedures

Education

B.S., Journalism (Focus: Design, Editing, and Online Media), 4.0 GPA
B.A., in English, 4.0 GPA
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. August 2004 - May 2008

Relevant courses taken: Writing for Mass Communications, Reporting, Editing, Design, Applied Magazines/Orange and Blue Magazine, Magazine Management and Publication, Advanced Online Media Production

Awards

+ Valedictorian, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
+ Dean's Cup for Scholarship, College of Journalism and Communications, UF
+ Outstanding Journalism Scholar, College of Journalism and Communications, UF
+ Anderson Scholar of Highest Distinction, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF

Activities

Reporting Lab assistant, editor and tutor, University of Florida, 2005
Webmaster and Alumni Chair, UF Journalism and Communications Ambassadors, 2005
Writing Coaching Lab tutor, University of Florida, 2005-2006
First grade class assistant and special reading tutor, Lutheran South Academy, 2002-2004

Melissa Garcia / words + designs