Ben Benson

Education M.A. Journalism & Mass Communication Public Relations B.A. Journalism and Economics University of Oregon University of Georgia

Master¶s thesis title: Framing the Massachusetts Cape Wind debate among active online publics

Magna Cum Laude ± 3.94 GPA

Professional Experience University of Georgia Graduate School Graduate Assistant, August 2009 May 2011; Public Relations Assistant, June 2011 present y y y y y Wrote feature articles after interviewing graduate students and professors to highlight prominent research happening at the University of Georgia. Managed the media campaign 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 social media accounts.

Mandala Assistant Account Executive and Office Operations, 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 motorcycle dealership. The media campaign resulted in 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 media outlets for motorcycle, aviation and real estate clients. Researched ATV, outdoor, farming and hunting magazines to help the media director create a year-long media schedule for Warn Industries. Created year-end and quarterly financial statements.

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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 raise funds for publication. Devised public relations strategies and tactics to promote the launch of an online-only magazine edition.

Honors and Awards Graduate Student Assistantship, 2009 2011. Wally Jo Tharp Memorial Scholarship, 2007 and 2008. Jeld-Wen Scholarship, 2007. Dean s Scholarship, 2005 2009. 117 NW Outlook Vista Dr. Bend, Oregon 97701 541.598.4018

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