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  Jill Coody Smits
Professional/Personal Overview
  Jill Coody Smits is the author of "Paris When It Giggles: A Realistic Travel Guide for Adventurous Parents," as well as the writer of many articles, blog posts, op-eds, annual reports, in-house publications and essays. Her work has appeared in Psychology Today, Southwest Airlines' Spirit Magazine, Southern Living, The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, The Huffington Post and CNN.com.

She has written for nonprofits, hospitals, software companies, ad agencies and parenting blogs on topics including human rights, psychology, cancer, family travel, women's health, fitness and public policy.

Jill lives in Austin with her husband, daughter and two four-footed sons.
Work Info
Copy Editor 10 Years
Writer 10 Years
Op-ed writer 10 Years
Business (general) 9 Years
Psychology 10 Years
Health 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Media Planet (11+), Psychology Today (6-10), Southwest Spirit Magazine (6-10), Southern Living (1-2), DallasChild Magazine (1-2), Animal Wellness (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (11+), Food Research and Action Center (11+), Ford Motor Co. (11+), Direct Impact (11+), Fairtrade America (6-10), Save Darfur Coalition (6-10), Central Desktop (6-10), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (6-10), Johnson & Johnson (3-5), Pure Moxie (3-5), Susan G. Komen for the Cure (3-5), US Against Alzheimers (1-2), Refugees International (1-2), Southern Methodist University (1-2)
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quark, OS 10, Windows XP
PowerBook, digital camera,
Foreign Language Skills
PRSA Silver Anvil Award finalist
PRSA, Avant Guild
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Austin, TX. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Annual Reports  
(United to End Genocide, 9/1/2012)
(Southwest Spirit Magazine, 1/1/2014)
Growing a culture of generosity can pay dividends down the line.
(Southwest Spirit, 12/1/2012)
Happy workers are good for the company's bottom line.
(Psychology Today, 11/1/2011)
Goal striving can be unhealthy if compulsion and fear of failure come into play. A look at the dark side of overachievement.
(Psychology Today, 7/1/2011)
Psychological breakdown of the motivations that drive personalities like toe-crushers, brown-nosers and gold diggers.
(Fairtrade America, 10/8/2014)
One of a series of blog posts written during Fairtrade Month.
(Pure-Moxie, 7/23/2014)
One of a series of blog posts written on behalf of a brand innovation agency.
(Central Desktop, 10/18/2013)
One of a series of "work psychology" blog posts written for a collaboration software company.
Author of this city guide, picture book and travelogue all rolled into one pretty little package.
Contact Info
  Jill Coody Smits
Austin, TX 

Tel: 512-810-0374  
E-Mail: jsmits@blueseedcommunications.com
Website: http://blueseedcommunications.com