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. 2015–present
• Respond to emergency situations as part of a ladder company
• Clean and maintain fire tools, apparatus, and firehouse
Creative, BuzzFeed, New York, NY Sept. 2013–Dec. 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 2013–Sept. 2013
• Drafted blog posts for LaughingSquid.com June 2013
• Drafted and edited content for Grand St.'s emails, site, and social media Feb. 2013–March 2013
• Wrote, edited, and copyedited for Thrillist's Own channel Jan. 2013–Feb. 2013
Editor, Netted by The Webbys, New York, NY Jan. 2011–Jan. 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 2011–Dec. 2011
• Researched and wrote Requests for Proposal and sponsored posts as well as copyedited copywriters' posts
Contributor, Gawker.TV, New York, NY May 2010–March 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 2009–May 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. 2008–Dec. 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. 2008–present
Asian American Journalists Association: member Feb. 2013–Feb. 2014
Skills
• Certified First Responder—Defibrillation
• 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 Copyeditor’s Handbook
• Introductory experience with Adobe Dreamweaver 8 and InDesign CS3
• Mac and PC literate
Education
Probationary Firefighter’s 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