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Master's in Journalism, University of Florida
expected date December 2002
Bachelor's in English, University of Florida, August 2001
Bachelor's in Journalism, University of Florida, May 1996

teaching experience

Graduate teaching assistant
University of Florida
Teach journalism juniors and seniors the elements of design, develop project ideas centered around these elements and show students how to critique their work and each others. (Jan. 2001-currently)

College journalism advisor
Newspaper advisor for students at the 1998 NAHJ convention and UNITY 1999.


newspaper experience

Sports designer/copy editor
Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Designed the cover and inside pages of the section, decided story placement, wrote headlines, edited, designed special sections. (Jan. 1997-Jan. 2001)

Editor
The Independent Florida Alligator
Coached writers, taught editors how to coach writers, organized writing projects and edited copy. I worked with a staff of 16 editors and 40 writers.Other positions held include managing editor, production artist, stringer editor, features editor, copy desk chief, copy editor.
(Aug. 1992-Dec. 1996)

Freelancer
Jacksonville Magazine, Jacksonville, FL
(May 1996-Aug. 1996)

Florida Living Magazine, Gainesville, FL
(May 1995-Aug. 1995)

Jacksonville.com, Jacksonville, FL
(October 2001)
writing sample one
writing sample two
writing sample three

additional experience

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies
St. Petersburg, FL

Design/Type/Color" conference
Studied creative uses for color and typography for enhancing newspaper design, examined the misuses of color and typography. (Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2000)

"Leadership and Ethics for College Editors" conference
Learned how to coach writers and sharpen my leadership skills. (August 1996)

computer skills

Quark. Photoshop 6.0. Pagemaker 6.5. Flash. GoLive. HTML. Word.

email: azerba@aol.com