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Chris Dignes

New York, NY | (832) 515-4356 | chris.dignes@gmail.com | chrisdignes.com

Employment
Probationary Firefighter, Fire Department of the City of New York, New York, NY Dec. 2015present
Respond to emergency situations as part of a ladder company
Clean and maintain fire tools, apparatus, and firehouse
Creative, BuzzFeed, New York, NY Sept. 2013Dec. 2015
Drafted and revised posts for a variety of clients
Researched stock and Creative Commons photos as well as Photoshopped custom images and GIFs
Brainstormed ideas with fellow creatives for pre-sale pitches, client calls, and ongoing campaigns
Freelance Editor
Sourced and drafted articles for TheVideoInk.com March 2013Sept. 2013
Drafted blog posts for LaughingSquid.com June 2013
Drafted and edited content for Grand St.'s emails, site, and social media Feb. 2013March 2013
Wrote, edited, and copyedited for Thrillist's Own channel Jan. 2013Feb. 2013
Editor, Netted by The Webbys, New York, NY Jan. 2011Jan. 2013
Promoted from Associate Editor in December 2011
Drafted a daily email, researched content, and expanded the subscriber list from 40,000 to 155,000
Independently created and solely maintained the Netted Style Guide
Doubled Twitter followers and increased tweets from five per week to three or more per day
Amplified Facebook likes from 6,000 to 9,500 with daily posts ranging from 1% to 10% in virality
Constructed and maintained the Netted Google+ page, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts
Managed one to two interns for editorial and image content
Freelance Copywriter, Gawker Creative Services, New York, NY March 2011Dec. 2011
Researched and wrote Requests for Proposal and sponsored posts as well as copyedited copywriters' posts
Contributor, Gawker.TV, New York, NY May 2010March 2011
Promoted from Intern in September 2010
Posted daily trivia questions on Gawker.TV and Tumblr, wrote assorted pop culture entries, and copyedited
Freelance Editor, Glam-Patrol.com March 2011
Edited makeup and beauty content before launch
Intern, Hatherleigh Press, New York, NY June 2009May 2010
Wrote, edited, copyedited, researched, and indexed health, wellness, and self-improvement books
Provided general assistance by filing, mailing, and performing other office duties
Contributor, Seed.com March 2010
Constructed biographies as well as conducted and transcribed interviews with bands headed to SXSW 2010
Freelance Research Assistant, Black Enterprise magazine, New York, NY Oct. 2008Dec. 2008
Cold-called and emailed representatives from the Fortune 500 to request profile information
Refined Excel databases and physical files in weekly meetings with Editors and the CEO
Activities
Mensa, international intelligence association: member Aug. 2008present
Asian American Journalists Association: member Feb. 2013Feb. 2014
Skills
Certified First ResponderDefibrillation
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Photoshop CS6, GIFBrewery, Final Cut, QuickTime, iShowU, and HTML
Well-versed in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed; AP Stylebook; and The Copyeditors Handbook
Introductory experience with Adobe Dreamweaver 8 and InDesign CS3
Mac and PC literate
Education
Probationary Firefighters School, New York, NY Spring 2016
New York University, New York, NY: Magazine Copyediting Fall 2011
New York University, New York, NY: Summer Publishing Institute Summer 2008
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA: Bachelor of Arts, English and Mathematics May 2008
Concentration in Creative Writing: Poetry
Rice University, Houston, TX: 2 English Classes Summer 2006