Lisa Hix

Resume

Journalism Experience

June '10 - present
SAN FRANCISCO, CACOLLECTORS WEEKLY (collectorsweekly.com)
Supervisor: Ben Marks (650) 248-9903101 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Associate Editor. Write and edit articles, blogs and encyclopedic entries on antiques, vintage, history and culture. Interview experts and historians. Write headlines, teasers, and introductions. Lay out and publish blogs in WordPress. Promote web site on Facebook and Twitter. Write and send marketing emails. Analyze web statistics, and discuss SEO strategies.


Sept. '10 - Feb. '11
SAN FRANCISCO, CAKQED ARTS (www.kqed.org/arts/)
Supervisor: Mark Taylor (415) 553-2135KQED, 2601 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA

Arts blogger. Write previews, interviews, articles and reviews on local music, feminist arts, graphic novels and comics, nonprofit arts organizations and the creative culture in the San Francisco Bay Area for the web site of the local NPR radio and PBS television affiliate.


Sept. '07 - July '10
SUNNYVALE, CAYAHOO! (yahoo.com)
Supervisor: Katherine Ho (408) 349-3775701 First Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Front Page Senior Editor, on-call. Write and produce teaser packages for the Today module from beginning to end. Help select featured articles and videos on hard news, politics, celebrity, entertainment, fashion, lifestyles, finance and science. Hunt down and edit JPEGs; write headline and teaser copy; edit and publish packages in a content management system. Manage the live front page, posting and taking down articles to keep the module fresh and up-to-date. Log and analyze web statistics.


Sept. '05 - Oct. '07
SAN FRANCISCO,CA/NEW YORK, NYFLAVORPILL PRODUCTIONS (flavorpill.com/sanfrancisco)
Supervisor: Sascha Lewis (646) 723-2426594 Broadway, No. 1212, New York, NY 10012

Managing Editor of Flavorpill San Francisco. Curated the content of a weekly email newsletter that recommends the best cultural events in the San Francisco Bay Area to 28,000-plus subscribers. Managed a mostly volunteer staff of contributing writers. Kept up-to-date on the cultural happenings and the music and DJ scene around San Francisco. Edited and wrote 100-word items on music, DJs, art, comedy, theater, dance and fashion. Coordinated with a production staff in New York City. Wrote the introduction and came up with the theme and spotlight. Organized staff meetings and parties. Addressed feedback from readers and communication from promoters, artists and club, gallery and label owners.


Winter '07-08, winter '08-'09
Managing Editor, travelogue contests produced for Starwood Hotels. Read hundreds of 100-word essays, narrowed down contestant pools, discussed final winners with top editors and hotel promotions staff. Gave winners instructions on blogging and snapping photographs while traveling to Paris, Shanghai, Monaco, Vienna, and Miami. Edited content, wrote headlines and display type. Selected photos.

Aug. '04 - March '06
NEW YORK, NYELLE GIRL MAGAZINE (ellegirl.com)
Supervisor: Melissa Walker (347) 668-02501633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Freelance writer. Wrote about the life of Lowell High School student Heather Hammel, through her freshman year and most of her sophomore year. Followed her during events such as her first day of high school, a state cross-country meet and preparations for her first formal, and reported in a monthly series. Worked on other features, such as a profile of indie harpist Joanna Newsom.


June 2000 - present
SAN FRANCISCO, CATHE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (sfgate.com)
Supervisor: Anastasia Hendrix (415) 777-7888901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Freelance writer. Write features on about trends, music and women's issues for Datebook and Style sections. Created and wrote Clubland column to cover the scene at underground events and offbeat parties. Wrote Essentials column monthly to preview the best upcoming music shows for the 96 Hours weekend section. Blogged about volunteering in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

July '05 - July '06
Podcast host. Did interviews, edited sound clips and hosted podcasts on the Bay Area music scene, including the Bay Beats band interviews and the 96 Hours Essentials live music previews.

June '98 - Sept '05
SAN FRANCISCO, CATHE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (sfgate.com)
Supervisor: Andrea Behr (415) 777-7165901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Style section production editor. Oversaw the layout and production of the weekly lifestyles section. Worked closely with section editor, as well as photo editor, designer and reporters. Oversaw the flow of copy. Chose photographs. Designed pages. Did the final reads on stories and signed off on headlines.

Features desk slot. Managed the editing and output of a daily entertainment section. Managed copy editors and worked with photographers, graphic designers, assigning editors and writers. Oversaw layout and chose wire stories. Performed the final read on stories and signed off on all headlines and display type.

Features copy editor. Edited arts and entertainment copy, as well as books, food, fashion, travel, lifestyles and home and garden copy, sometimes as the first reader. Worked with writers on changes and improvements. Wrote headlines, teasers, decks and captions. Proofread pages and checked lists. Designed pages on the pagination system.

May '97 - Aug '97
DALLAS, TXTHE DALLAS MORNING NEWS (dallasnews.com)
Supervisor: Amy Burt (214) 977-8926P.O. Box 655237, Dallas, TX 75265

Lifestyles copy desk intern. Edited copy for Today, Arts, Guide and Sunday Reader sections. Wrote headlines, decks and captions. Helped oversee the production of the weekly Guide section, generally 50 to 60 pages of entertainment stories and listings.


Other Freelance Writing Experience

Dec '02 - Present

GLAMOUR — women's magazine, www.glamour.com
TEEN VOGUE — teen magazine, www.teenvogue.com
YAHOO! NEWS — Internet news portal, news.yahoo.com
SFIST — San Francisco-focused blog, sfist.com
BUST — feminist culture magazine, www.bust.com
VENUSZINE.COM — women's music and culture web zine, www.venuszine.com
INTERSECTION — British car and culture magazine, www.intersectionmagazine.com
D.I.W. — music magazine, www.diwmagazine.com
SWINGSET — underground culture magazine, www.swingsetmagazine.com
RESONANCE — music magazine, www.resonancemag.com
WEST COAST PERFORMER — music magazine, www.performermag.com
BAY AREA BUZZ — music magazine, www.bayareabuzz.net

Book Writing Experience

Feb '08 - July '08
NEW YORK, NYTHE ROUGH GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO (roughguides.com)
Supervisor: Anna Owens (212) 414-3736Penguin Books, 345 Hudson St., 4th floor, New York, NY 10014

Contributing writer. Researched and rewrote descriptive chapters on San Francisco neighborhoods including SoMa, the Tenderloin, the Mission, the Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, the Richmond and the Sunset for the 2009 edition. Also researched and rewrote listings chapters on nightlife, festivals, galleries, shopping and hotels. Updated maps. Gave creative input on photos and color inserts.


Education

Aug '94 - May '98
NORMAN, OKTHE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA (www.ou.edu)

Graduated with special distinction with a bachelor's degree in news communication from the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Activities: OU Student-Run Radio Committee and Concert Series Advisory Committee, Campus Activities Council.

Journalism and Writing Honors

  • The Peninsula Press Club, Professional Journalism Awards, second place in headline writing, 2002
  • Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Circle Award, first place in general feature writing, 1998
  • Southwest Journalism Congress honorable mention in feature writing, 1998
  • Dr. Betty Evans Scholarship in English for creative writing, 1998
  • Selected for the American Society of Magazine Editors' internship program, 1997
  • Journalist of the Year, The Oklahoma Daily, 1997
  • Selected to participate in the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in poetry, 1994

Skills

  • Proficient in both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Fundamental grasp of HTML coding and Photoshop. Skilled at fact-checking on the Web and using layout programs such as QuarkXpress, as well as Microsoft Office.
  • Familiar with technology used for radio/podcast interviewing and capable of editing podcasts on Audacity and Garage Band.
  • Proficient in Associated Press style, Webster's New World College Dictionary and Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Can read and speak some Spanish.