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


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

  • 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 Gannett/The USA Today Media Network)
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: 2003–January 2005

  • Wrote six 2,000-word profiles on the CEOs of major corporations in Westchester County for 914 Inc., a business/lifestyle glossy quarterly.
  • Ghost-wrote two books aimed at the general public.
  • Edited a 68,000-word novel
  • Overhauled the websites for an interior-design company, an artist and a lawyer.
  • Wrote bios for a boutique executive-search firm specializing in C-Suite searches. 


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.


Social Media: Twitter (@jhiggons), Facebook, Instagram (higgonz), 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.”

Résumé

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

WRITER/REPORTER

EDITOR

Jenny Higgons