Resume

Twitter: @nicholasbackus            Phone (651)-338-0717

E-mail nicholasbackus@gmail.com

Nicholas J. Backus

Education

Sept. 2004 – May 2008    University of St. Thomas    St. Paul, Minn.

Print Journalism

  • – Bachelor’s degree
  • – Minors in English and philosophy
  • – Studied abroad and completed 2007 January-term journalism course in London

Work experience

February 2013-present      Internet Broadcasting    St. Paul, Minn.

National News Editor/National Copy Editor

  • – Manage national news for 50-plus TV news stations in markets across the United States – ranging from small (El Paso) to large (Seattle and Boston) markets.
  • Send breaking national news alerts and push notifications for clients sites, write headlines, edit video, maintain livestreams and produce slideshows.
  • Copy edit TV news stories from 50-plus client stations.

May 2012-February 2013       Press Publications    White Bear Lake, Minn.

Quad Community Press/Shoreview Press Editor

  • – Write six to eight stories a week while producing three 12-20 page newspapers every two weeks.
  • – Regularly post breaking news updates to presspubs.com. Social media editor
  • -Write headlines, cutlines and shoot videos/photos for use in Press Publications’ seven papers and digital product.

April 2009-May 2012    Press Publications    White Bear Lake, Minn.

Quad Community Press Editor

  • – Write six to eight stories a week including school coverage, features, government meetings, hard news and business coverage.
  • – Regularly posts breaking news updates to presspubs.com. Social media (Twitter, Facebook) editor
  • – Write headlines and cutlines and shoot photos for use in Press Publications’ seven papers. Weekly content generation for a 14 to 20 page broadsheet

Nov. 2008-April 2009       Press Publications   White Bear Lake, Minn.

Shoreview Press Contributing Writer

  • – Wrote freelance stories and was hired full-time.
  • – Consistently made deadline on three stories a week while holding part-time job.

Sept. 2006-May 2008        The Aquin           St. Paul, Minn

Variety and Copy Editor

  • – Created content and edited variety section
  • – Assigned stories and assisted a staff of reporters
  • – Experience with Adobe Illustrator and HTML Web-building skills

Other experience

  • Citypages.com locations project contributor
  • Interned at the Southwest/Downtown Journal
  • Interned at The Onion A.V. Club Twin Cities
  • Working knowledge of Spanish language
  • Resident of downtown St. Paul
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