Stephen Stirling

(908)720-5363 StephenStirling@gmail.com

Professional Experience
TimesLedger Newspapers, Queens, NY May 2006 - Present
Staff Writer • Beat writer for Flushing, Whitestone, College Point and other communities in Queens. • Write 8-12 stories a week, on tight deadlines on a full spectrum of topics including crime, politics, development, courts, public policy and human interest. • Designed, copy-edited layout during production of 14 weekly newspapers with Adobe InDesign. • Designed, authored and managed TimesLedger’s first blog, the Iron Triangle Tracker, and subsequently participated in corporate discussion and implementation of website improvements. • Principal photography, headline and caption writing for all stories also included as responsibilities.

2ManAdvantage.com

December 2007 - Present

Staff Writer • Write commentary, play-by-play, game previews and reviews for sports blog covering the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League club.

The New York Daily News, New York, NY

January 2006 – May 2006

Intern/Writer • Wrote and reported 1-2 stories a day working primarily for city-desk covering breaking news, crime, funerals, news conferences, as well as sports and features all while gaining valuable knowledge and familiarity with New York’s five boroughs.

PopMatters.com, Chicago, IL.

May 2005-Present

Staff Writer/Contributor • Write music reviews, features and profiles for daily, online pop-culture website with 30,000 unique daily readers.

The Village Voice, New York, NY.

May 2005-August 2005

Editorial Assistant • Working under Senior Editor Wayne Barrett, engaged in thorough research, reporting, and interviewing for his book Grand Illusion: The untold story of Rudy Giuliani on 9/11 released by Harper Collins Publishing in Fall 2006. • Research, reporting, interviews, and fact-checking on several of Barrett’s Village Voice articles.

Other Professional Experience
• • • The Branchburg News, Branchburg, NJ — Contributing writer, May 2004-August 2005 The Courier Post, Cherry Hill, NJ — Contributing writer, Spring 2005 The Whit, Rowan University’s student newspaper, Glassboro, NJ — Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, News Editor, Fall 2002-December 2005

Other Related Experience
• • • Contest • • • • • Proficient in Quark XPress, InDesign, Photoshop and all word programs. Proficient in AP style. 1st Place, Spot News Reporting, 2008, New York Press Association Better Newspaper 1st Place In-Depth Reporting 2008, New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 1st Place, In Depth Reporting, 2008, Suburban Newspapers of America Editorial Contest. 3rd Place, Writer of the Year, 2007 New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. 2nd Place, In Depth Reporting, 2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Editorial Contest. 1st Place, Best News Story, 2006 New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Education
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.
• B.A. in Communication; Specialization in Journalism, January 2006.

Sept. 2001-Dec. 2005

Somerville High School, Somerville NJ.
• Diploma, June 2001.

Sept. 1997-June 2001

References
Roz Liston
Managing Editor, TimesLedger Newspapers, Queens, NY (718)-229-0300, Ext. 138. RListon@timesledger.com

Wayne Barrett
Senior editor at the Village Voice, New York, NY (212)-475-3300 Ext. 12008 WBarrett@villagevoice.com

Christina Paciolla
Executive Editor, South Jersey Intercounty Newspaper Group, Washington, NJ (856)-296-5602 Cpaciolla@gmail.com

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