Copyright © 2002
Michele K. Jones

Education
Master of Arts in Mass Communications with a specialization in journalism from The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Will graduate in May 2003. Currently maintaining a 3.63 GPA.

Bachelor of Arts from The University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL.
Major: international studies; minor: communications.
Graduated cum laude in April 2001 with a 3.54 GPA. Received University Honors Scholar distinction from the Honors Program.

Journalism Experience
January - April 2002
Editorial Page Editor for The Independent Florida Alligator in Gainesville, FL.
  • Worked with the editor-in-chief and members of the editorial board to solidify the paper's stance on a variety of national, state and local issues.
  • Wrote daily editorial pieces.
  • Selected and edited guest columns and letters-to-the-editor for publication.
  • Collaborated with cartoonist to create 2 -3 cartoon ideas each week.

September - December 2001
Editorial Board Member for The Independent Florida Alligator in Gainesville, FL.

  • Contributed to the paper's stance on a variety of issues.
  • Wrote editorial pieces for this daily newspaper.

June 2001
Arts and Entertainment Reporter for The Real Paper in Pensacola, FL.

  • Edited the events calendar for this weekly newspaper.
  • Contributed articles about local theater events and area artists.
Other Professional Experience
October 2000 - April 2001
Program Assistant for The University of West Florida Honors Program in Pensacola, FL.
  • Planned and organized events such as group trips, banquets, lectures and panel discussions.
  • Recruited prospective students at open houses and college fairs.
  • Served as a primary resource for students, professors and community members seeking information regarding the program. Produced a weekly e-newsletter for active students.
  • Provided administrative support to the director and program coordinator.

May - August 2000
Interim Assistant Manager for The Discovery Channel Store in Pensacola, FL.

  • Supervised employees and delegated responsiblity in a fast paced setting.
  • Conducted daily operations such as opening and closing the store, reconciling daily figures, compiling payroll, monitoring and processing shipment and communicating with the corporate office.
  • Provided product knowledge and service to customers.

February - May 2000
Programs Intern for VSA arts in Washington, DC.

  • Copyedited a portion of the VSA arts Career Guide, a large, one-time publication.
  • Assisted in the installation of an art exhibit at The World Bank.
  • Provided administrative support to the Programs Department of an international, non-profit organization.
Skills
Knowledge of Associated Press style.
Experience with HTML coding.
Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint.
Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver.
Skilled in online research, including Lexis-Nexis and various Internet search engines.
Proven ability to work well on deadline and under pressure.
Contact
Michele K. Jones
michelej@ufl.edu