Schnellinger Brief Resume March 2009


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Schnellinger Brief Resume March 2009

  1. 1. LISA SCHNELLINGER 11075 Big Canoe - Jasper, Georgia, 30143 - USA (1) 770-905-5107  29 years of media experience in US and 18 other countries  Diverse background in developing and managing major civic projects  Extensive creative, technical and training skills in photography, editing and writing Media Trainer, Project Manager, Photographer July 1996 – present North Georgia, June 2007-present Photography • Fine art abstracts and landscapes, portraiture, and interiors • Advanced retouching and compositing for commercial and individual clients • Ongoing exhibits in North Georgia; publications in literary journals Instructor/Presenter • Private lessons and workshops across North Georgia in photography and related computer skills • Featured speaker on Afghanistan in North Georgia and Atlanta International, July 1996-May 2007 Project Design and Management • Conceived, developed and supervised startup of the first independent Afghan news agency, Pajhwok Afghan News, and its affiliated national journalism training organization, in 2004 Responsibilities included management of $2.7 million budget; recruitment and supervision of 120-member staff; development of long-term strategy for nationwide journalism training program; recruitment and training of Afghan trainer team; coordination with nongovernmental organizations and international media. In 2002-04, planned and co-directed workshops and weekly coverage of news, feature and social analysis for online and local distribution, and special daily coverage project for Constitutional Loya Jirga in 2003-04, involving more than 100 print and radio journalists. • Designed and managed nationwide training programs in civic journalism for presidential, parliamentary, and local elections, in Afghanistan 2004, Egypt 2005, Cambodia 2002, Armenia 2002, Republic of Georgia 2000-01, and Timor- Leste 2007 Responsibilities included design and supervision of nationwide training programs, and accompanying voter surveys conducted by local journalists; management of reporting teams; and overseeing production of mass-circulation voter guides for print and radio. • Consulting on project development, curriculum design and grant writing for Middle East/North Africa in 2005-07, for Internews, USAID, and the International Center for Journalists Training and Consulting • Wrote and produced four international training manuals on elections reporting, general reporting, editing, photography and design, published in English and 10 other languages • Designed and conducted training programs for local journalism trainers in Egypt 2005, Afghanistan 2003-04, Timor- Leste 2007; and in Turkey for Iranian online editors 2006
  2. 2. • Conducted workshops and consulted with newspaper and radio editors on photography and reporting fundamentals, page design, investigative reporting, elections reporting, editing, management, ethics, elections coverage, and Internet use. Assignments in: Afghanistan 2002-03, Egypt 2005, Macedonia 2002, Cambodia 2002, Armenia 2002, Georgia 2000- 02, Indonesia 1999, Laos 2002, and Tonga, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji 1996 • Media relations trainer for commercial executives in United Arab Emirates and Turkey for Center for Development Communications 2005 • Editor and coach for novice journalists across the Middle East for IRIN, the United Nations humanitarian news agency, in Dubai, UAE 2006 News and Feature Reporting, Photography, and Editing May 1980 – May 2007 International • Travel, opinion and essay writer, based on independent travel and work assignments in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East • International photography published in Seattle and Oregon newspapers and permanently archived in University of Washington Cities and Buildings database • “Foreign expert” editor of news and features for staff of 50 reporters and wire desk for China's international English-language newspaper in Beijing; consulted with editors on story development, photo selection, page design and staffing issues, 1991-92 United States • Freelance instructor, editor and coach for business, academic and literary clients • Writer and desk editor, Seattle Times, 1999-2000: coordinated, designed, and oversaw production of travel sections for 230,000-circulation daily and 500,000 Sunday editions; edited for daily and Sunday news sections • News desk editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1993-95: coordinated, designed, paginated and oversaw production of news sections for 200,000-circulation daily. Responsibilities included story design, photos and graphics selection and placement, section page layout, coordinating with other editors on Page One • Organized and led workshops for Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff on diversifying community coverage, 1994 • Reporter for city, national and foreign desks, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1984-1991: covered Pacific Rim trade, politics and social problems; statewide and local K-12 education; environment; state legislature; urban issues. In- depth reporting on desegregation, education reform, school closures and district leadership; Exxon Valdez oil spill, air and water quality issues and crisis over logging; state finances, regional development, racial inequities, political profiles and demographics • Reporter/weekend editor for Warren Tribune Chronicle in Ohio, 1980-84: covered local government, business and social issues, specializing in economic impact features Education Master of Arts, International Studies University of Washington, 1998 • Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Book Award for highest graduate student GPA Bachelor of Science, Journalism, summa cum laude Kent State University, 1980 • Kent State University Honors Scholarship, 1977-80