Resume

SHANNON KIRK WRITER LOGO ARTWORK

Education

Bachelor of Journalism; University of King’s College

  • Completed May 2014

Bachelor of Arts Honours, Art History; University of Saskatchewan

  • Completed May 2011


Relevant Work Experience

Freelance Blogging, Content Production, and Editing
November 2015 to Present

  • Start-up retail website
    • research on a wide range of health-related topics
    • creation of articles, blogs, product descriptions, landing pages, captions; totaling more than 100 pages
    • editing of all written material
    • manage junior SEO content writers (editing, scheduling, correspondence)
    • image selection, creation, and modification on Photoshop
    • uploading and altering website content using HTML and WordPress
    • consultation on general business decisions
    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for content
    • scripts for business videos; basic editing of videos (splicing)
    • create templates and guidelines for hired technical writers
    • social media/communications management
  • Edited e-book Leading Christianity (2016)
  • Areas of expertise: medical cannabis and kratom, human resources, home decor, yoga lifestyle, healthy eating (vegetarian and vegan diets), art, literature

Event Contracts

  • Victoria Wine Festival 2016 & 2017
    • wrote blog posts on wine-related topics
  • Cheese and Meat Festival, 2016
    • social media management (Twitter)
    • monitored and managed social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram) remotely during 10-hour event
    • posted images, wrote captions, interacted with vendors and guests through sharing content and comments
  • Times Colonist 10K Run
    • managed sharing on social media leading up to and during the marathon, and interacted with followers (Instagram, Facebook)

KeenART Media Ltd.
October 2014 to October 2015

  • Content writer, social media manager
  • Research on current and evergreen topics relating to art and printing
  • Content production for multiple retail websites
  • In-depth technical writing on artistic subjects, practices, and services
  • Editing and expanding existing content
  • Self-editing new content (both AP and CP styles)
  • Weekly blogs, daily social media marketing (primarily Twitter)
  • Filming and editing basic how-to videos

Garden Traders
2015

  • Blogger
  • Bi-weekly blogs for a community produce-sharing/healthy living website
  • Research and execution of interesting, entertaining content
  • Self-editing documents
  • Volunteer position

Adeco Trading
August 2014 to October 2016

  • Content writer, social media manager 2014; contracted writer 2014-2016
  • Product descriptions for multiple websites providing home décor and furniture
  • Blogs on relevant topics
  • Self-editing for direct publication
  • Management of social media

Publication Worthy of Mention

Relevant Education Experience

Four-week Internship, Mindful Magazine, Halifax – April 2014

  • Working with associate editor and web editor of a natural wellness magazine
  • Finding and writing content for front of book section and website

Magazine Workshop – February to March 2014

  • Working with a team to create a magazine prototype; serving as Associate Editor
  • Extensive editing of articles, including fact checking
  • Writing articles and other content
  • Co-designing a pitch and business plan
  • Page layouts using InDesign

Newspaper WorkshopJanuary to February 2014

  • Five issues of a free, weekly newspaper
  • Pitch story ideas on a regular basis
  • Completing 1-2 stories per week for weekly deadlines
  • Editing articles and photographs
  • Designing page layouts
  • Photography

Narrative Non-Fiction Workshop – November to December 2013

  • Six-week project resulting in a 3000-word story
  • Formulating insightful and significant interview questions
  • Long-term focus
  • Self-editing and formatting

Additional Knowledge

  • Basic HTML and CSS
  • Study and execution of on-page SEO
  • Microsoft Office, Open Office, Pages, WordPress, Blogger
  • Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite, MailChimp, Tweetdeck
  • Photography skills, both DSLR and traditional darkroom (B&W) film development
  • Extensive research for personal interest in topics such as vegetarian lifestyles, natural beauty products, yoga, fitness, healthy eating and cooking, personal growth

Skills

  • Grammar and spelling, in both Canadian Press and American Press styles
  • Typing speed: 80+ wpm
  • Writing and editing for clear, concise copy
  • Organization, multitasking, skill retention
  • Meeting deadlines, time management
  • Strong understanding of computer systems
  • Oral and written communication