Ben Benson

Education M.A. Candidate University of Georgia Journalism Expected Graduation May 2011 Master s thesis title: Framing the Massachusetts Cape Wind debate among active online publics B.S. University of Oregon Journalism and Economics Graduated Magna Cum Laude Professional Experience University of Georgia Graduate School Graduate Assistant, Employed August 2009 present y y y y y Wrote feature articles after interviewing graduate students and professors to highlight the research of departments across the University of Georgia. Created media materials and assisted in crafting speeches to celebrate the Graduate School s centennial celebration throughout 2010. Coordinated the UGA Graduate School s media efforts with the UGA Public Affairs Office and on-campus newspaper publications. Created weekly content for the Graduate School s webpage, including announcements, event stories and award notifications. Assisted in managing the Graduate School s various social media accounts.

Mandala Assistant Account Executive and Office Operations, Employed November 2004 August 2009 during winter and summer school breaks y Conducted a media relations campaign by pitching stories to television stations, newspapers and bloggers for a Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership. The media campaign resulted in media coverage in several newspapers and blogs. Assisted in writing a marketing proposal following a series of research focus groups and executive interviews for a medical center undergoing a merger. Wrote and distributed news releases to various media outlets for motorcycle, aviation and real estate development clients. Researched ATV, outdoor, farming and hunting magazines to help the media director create a year-long media schedule for Warn Industries.

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Ethos Magazine PR Director, January 2009 June 2009 y y y Managed a team of eight Ethos public relations representatives, which included conducting weekly meetings and one-on-one work sessions. Collaborated with Ethos Magazine s senior editors to change the magazine s name, create a new logo, and devise fundraising strategies. Created public relations strategies and tactics to promote the launch of an online-only edition.

Honors and Awards Graduate Student Assistantship 2009 present. Wally Jo Tharp Memorial Scholarship, 2007 and 2008; Jeld-Wen Scholarship, 2007; Dean s Scholarship, 2005 2009.

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