Corporate, PR, & Other Assorted Pixel-Pushing
It's not just the experience, it's also the company you keep. Here's an overview of tech-sector, PR, and similar work that has been my pleasure to provide. This isn't an exhaustive list, though it hits some favorite highlights.
High-tech dancin' in the silicon follies
RealNetworks hired me to provide lots of writing and editing on some big projects. Not thrilling, but the company and its culture are relaxed, enjoyable, and creative, and it indirectly led to my writing for Film.com.
Where the money is
I've been a head writer for two consumer technology companies. These two companies could not be more different in every way that's truly important.
WebMD is the leading provider of online personal health management tools and info, one of the fastest growing, most interesting Internet fields going. And it's one of the most enjoyable places to work I've yet experienced.
For six years as the Senior Writer/Editor in the Portland office's Creative Services dept., I had professional fingers in a number of pies there creative and managerial lead on the authoring of clear, appealing and compelling public content, marketing communication efforts, and so on. In particular I was the head writer/editor for the company's first wave of interactive, individualized, private online Lifestyle and Behavior Modification programs and tools. That had me working in a journalistic, interpretive capacity to research, compose and communicate health management information, a worthwhile extension of my writing in other educational, general public arenas. I managed projects from inception to completion, oversaw input from various sources, and partnered with doctors, SMEs, and other internal and external resources. I worked in close cooperation with product management, editorial, development, marketing, design and QA teams to develop online media, print, TV, collateral, brand enforcement and other content. My work was aimed at real people like you and me, and involved subjects that interest me personally, such as personal health and well-being and advances in preventive, traditional, and alternative/complementary health care.
Plus, my coworkers there were fun and interesting and had lives outside the company, management philosophies were progressive and inclusive, the stock options were certain to pay off (they did), and the location near Portland's Chinatown district enhanced the "business lunch" possibilities considerably. And it was only a short walk to Powell's City of Books. What's not to love?
Before that, well, let's simply note that while it existed (it's now part of the pixel-heap of late '90s history) I had an office high above downtown Portland, with windows that provided views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Cascade Range. However...
If ever there was proof that "corporate culture" is an oxymoron, there it was. No matter. A certain over-lauded bubble burst. Pipedreams clogged. Doors closed. The moving finger writes, and, having writ, moves on.
PR, Marketing, Communications
Magazine articlesI've written numerous articles, both features and smaller pieces, for venues such as OMSI Magazine, Outdoor News, Gannett newspapers, Omaha Arts Weekly, and others. A list and copies are available on request.