An engaging and informative writer/reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering myriad subjects at national and local consumer magazines, as well as a digital-first daily newspaper that covers New York City’s immediate northern suburbs. An interviewer who quickly forms genial rapports with subjects and gets them to open up. Versed in ways to expand and connect with readership through SEO and social media.

The Journal News/LoHud.com, White Plains, NY (owned by the Gannett/USA Today Network)
Life & Style Staff Writer/Reporter:
June 2010–October 25, 2016

  • Supplied features to the Life & Style section.
  • Heavily emphasized social-media engagement on all stories.
  • Promoted my and my coworkers’ stories on social media.
  • Initiated stories about local real estate, celebrities, events, lifestyles and businesses.
  • Dug up story ideas by capitalizing on my countless business and personal connections in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.
  • Established strong and lasting relationships with publicists and real estate agents.
  • Identified a story’s angle and made the most out of it. 


InTown Westchester, Rockland and Putnam magazines (glossy, upscale-lifestyle regional monthlies published by The Journal News, which is owned by media giant Gannett)
Full-Time Staff Writer: January 2005–December 2008

  • Wrote celebrity profiles, news items, shopping roundups, 2,500-word features, FOB pieces, and reviews of spas and restaurants.
  • Was a central component in multi-writer packaged features.
  • Upped the magazines’ visibility and status by snagging interviews with Today’s Matt Lauer, Entourage’s Kevin Dillon, CSI: Miami’s Adam Rodriguez, singer Jesse McCartney and Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn.
  • As one of the key bloggers on The Journal News’ TV-themed website, helped increase reader loyalty and traffic.

 
Independent Writer: 2009–present

  • A regular freelance writer/editor for The Writers For Hire, a company that commissions writers for its various clients, which are all over the US.
  • Edited a 63,000-word novel.
  • Wrote six 2,000-word profiles on the CEOs of major corporations in Westchester County for 914 Inc., a business/lifestyle glossy quarterly; wrote a 67,500-word novel.
  • Ghost-wrote two books aimed at the general public.
  • Wrote four features for Westchester Health & Life magazine.
  • Overhauled the websites for an interior-design company, an artist and a lawyer.


Gist.com (a TV-themed Website)  Senior Writer/Editor: 2000–2003
Interviewed A-List actors in-person and via phone. Wrote celebrity profiles, news items, a weekly 20-question trivia quiz. Also: summaries and reviews of TV series, feature films and made-for-TV movies. Was a member of the national and prestigious Television Critics Association; attended its bi-annual press tours in Los Angeles and filed the daily stories.

Avenue magazine (for affluent Manhattan residents)  Associate Editor: 1998 

Soap Dish (a soap opera magazine)  Managing Editor: 1997 

Playgirl magazine  Associate Editor: 1993-1996 

Us: The Entertainment Magazine  Editorial Assistant: 1988-1992

FREELANCE
TV Guide  Fact-checker/Researcher: July, August, September 2004 
InStyle   Intermittent Reporter/Researcher: 1996-2003


Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube 

Education: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.  B.A. in TV/Radio

Additional activities:

  • Completed the 14-week Dale Carnegie course Public Speaking and Human Relations, which prepared me to speak with ease and confidence to large audiences and in any situation.
  • Attended the American Writers & Artists Inc.’s five-day “Fast Track to Copywriting Success Boot Camp.”
  • A decade-long member of The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound; received its Unsung Hero Award in year 10.
  • Was a disc jockey on the radio stations at Hartwick College and Marist College.

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Phone: 914-588-6114
E-mail: JennyHiggons@optimum.net

Jenny Higgons