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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 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)
Ann Brown Communications (11+), Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (11+), Direct Impact (11+), Food Research and Action Center (11+), Ford Motor Co. (11+), Save Darfur Coalition (6-10), Fairtrade America (6-10), Central Desktop (6-10), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (6-10), Pure Moxie (3-5), Johnson & Johnson (3-5), Susan G. Komen for the Cure (3-5), US Against Alzheimers (1-2), Southern Methodist University (1-2), Refugees International (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
Op-eds and Annual Reports  
(United to End Genocide, 9/1/2012)
(Refugees International/Kansas City Star, 6/17/2010)
This op-ed, requested by Refugees International, was written in collaboration with organization president Dan Glickman to make a case for America's involvement in humanitarian crises.
(Save Darfur Coalition/ Omaha World Herald, 3/9/2009)
This op-ed, requested by the Save Darfur Coalition, was written on behalf of a Darfuri refugee with the goals of drawing attention to the indictment of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir and raising awareness of Genocide Prevention Month.
(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, 1/1/2012)
(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.
(Psychology Today, 5/1/2011)
Round-up of six psychological studies that explain how hoping for the best or expecting the worst might affect certain life situations.
(Psychology Today, 4/1/2011)
Round-up of six psychological studies focused on time perception, packaged to explain how time might fly or creep while on vacation.
(New York Daily News/Media Planet, 2/14/2011)
Humorous article featured in a Valentine's Day supplement published in the New York Daily News.
(Psychology Today, 11/1/2010)
Front-of-the-book "Insights" segment focusing on how digital photography may affect childhood memory.
(Media Planet/USA Today, 6/30/2010)
Two articles featured in a running report published in USA Today in June 2010. The report had a circulation of 1.5 million and was distributed in D.C., L.A., Boston and New York.
(DallasChild Magazine, 4/1/2010)
Feature article focusing on nature deficit disorder and the importance of children spending time outdoors.
(Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Careforce Chronicle, 1/31/2010)
This internal publication for staff of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is intended to inform employees about workplace news, as well as inspire them with stories about their colleagues and patients. The goal of this segment was to highlight the role of CHOA staff in a positive patient outcome.
(Media Planet/ USA Today, 10/23/2009)
This 15-article breast cancer report educated the average person about the disease and relevant issues. Inserted in USA Today in October 2009, the report had a circulation of 700,000 and was distributed in D.C., L.A., Chicago and New York.
(Southern Methodist University/Annotations, 9/1/2006)
A service feature on the pros and cons of bestseller lists was published in a Southern Methodist University alumni publication.
(Re: Dallas, 3/1/2005)
A feature highlighting a hip Dallas neighborhood ran in a monthly Dallas lifestyle publication.
Personal Essays  
(Animal Wellness, 12/1/2011)
Short essay published in "Tail End" section of national animal magazine.
(Chick Talk Dallas, 10/12/2009)
Personal essay published on Dallas-based web site focusing on women's issues.
(Southern Living, 11/1/2005)
A personal essay was published in Southern Living, a national monthly publication focusing on life in the South.
Miscellaneous Writing  
(Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1/1/2009)
This inspirational message attributed to Komen CEO Hala Moddelmog could be found on cups in Starbucks stores around the country in January 2009.
(Susan G. Komen for the Cure/Golf for Women, 5/1/2007)
Nine PSAs written for a quarterly women's golfing magazine focused on issues of importance to the Komen organization, including breast cancer treatment options, the role of public policy in the breast cancer movement and how to speak to your doctor about the disease.
Contact Info
  Jill Coody Smits
Austin, TX 

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