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  Joanne Gerber
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Take a look at my website: www.joanne-gerber.com

I specialize in two very different areas: (i) luxury travel and lifestyle and (ii)
international economic development.

One day it's about exclusive hotels in the Caribbean, the next it's about poor villages in Kyrgyzstan. How do I square the two? I don't. I just do both.

What do I do, exactly? Well, I am...

an EDITOR with experience in promotion, scholarly papers, book chapters, annual reports, and brochures;

a COPY EDITOR, of magazine and online articles, book chapters, etc.;

a FACT CHECKER/RESEARCHER, with plenty of experience, mainly in travel; and

a WRITER and TRANSLATOR, having done some writing and French-to-English translations. See my Web site for writing samples.



Work Info
 
Expertise
Copy Editor 5 Years
Editor 10 Years
Fact-Checker 16 Years
Specialty
International 3 Years
Lifestyle 10 Years
Travel 13 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
16 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Afar Magazine (11+), New Jersey Tech Weekly (6-10), Niche Media (1-2), This Old House (Time Inc.) (1-2), Indian Country Magazine (1-2), DNAinfo.com (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Asian Development Bank (11+), Martinique Promotion Bureau (3-5), Ford Foundation (1-2), TranslationOne (1-2)
Other Work History
Assistant Editor, Research
Departures Magazine, American Express Publishing
March 2000 - November 2005
Fact-checked and proofed articles on travel, arts, lifestyle, etc.; also did some writing and editing.

Editor
French Government Tourist Office, Consulate of France in New York.
June 1997 - February 2000
Wrote, edited, copy edited, fact-checked, and proofed publications about travel in France.

Editor and Writer (Graduate Assistant)
Department of Development, New York University.
September 1992 - May 1993
Wrote articles for the university's fundraising newsletter, also wrote and edited grant proposals.


Computer Skills
MS Word, InDesign CS6, Photoshop CS4, Excel
Equipment
*Digital camera: I know how to point and click!
*Computer (HP Touchsmart 520 PC) with MS Word 2010 and Adobe Reader XI.
*Fax/phone
*Printer
*Scanner
Foreign Language Skills
Fluent French, conversational Spanish, and basic German.

I spent four weeks (mid-January to mid-February 2014) doing total immersion Spanish studies in Granada, Nicaragua. So, although French is still my best language, and very proficient, my Spanish now is getting to be very good.
Work Permits & Visas
U.S. citizen
References
Available on request
Associations
Editorial Freelancers Association
Other
Masters degrees in international affairs (W. Europe) and in journalism, both from Columbia. Further graduate studies in French studies and West European poliltics, Brandeis University and NYU.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license.
Work Samples
 
(Asian Development Bank (ADB), 4/30/2012)
This is a brochure about the positive impact of a campaign by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prevent the spread HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, as well as human trafficking, in Afghanistan.
(Asian Development Bank (ADB), 3/31/2012)
This brochure describes projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to teach marketable skills to village women in Kyrgyzstan so that they may become entrepreneurs and achieve financial independence.
(Asian Development Bank (ADB), 8/31/2011)
This is a brochure describing the efforts of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to aid the victims of the floods in Pakistan during the summer of 2010, with a focus on women and girls.
(Periscopepost.com, 12/14/2010)
A description of a brief stay in New Orleans.
(Periscopepost.com, 7/13/2010)
A description of a brief visit to Bangalore.
(Periscopepost.com, 5/13/2010)
A description of a brief say in Mysore, India
(Bootsnall.com, 2/9/2009)
Thoughts about the effects of modernization of Shanghai embedded in a travel piece. The piece was also published in travelmag.co.uk and www.chinatravel.net