A content writer/reporter/editor who has covered myriad subjects at national and local consumer magazines, as well as a TV-themed website and a digital-first daily newspaper. Trained how to expand readership through SEO + social media (Omniture, Chartbeat, Google Analytics).
A member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors.
Independent Writer: January 2018–present
Main caregiver to my mother: December 2016–November 2017
The Journal News/LoHud.com, White Plains, NY (owned by the Gannett/The USAToday Network)
Life & Style Staff Writer/Reporter: June 2010–October 25, 2016
InTown Westchester, Rockland and Putnam magazines (glossy, upscale-lifestyle regional monthlies published by The Journal News, which is owned by Gannett/The USA Today Media Network)
Full-Time Staff Writer: January 2005–December 2008
Independent Writer: 2003–January 2005
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.
Additional experience: Managing editor, Soap Dish magazine; associate editor, Playgirl; editorial assistant, Us Magazine; freelance fact-checker, TV Guide and InStyle magazine.
Social Media: Twitter (@jhiggons), Facebook, Instagram (higgonz), LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube
Education: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. B.A. in TV/Radio