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  Francesca Di Meglio
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  If you want a capable book author, blogger, features writer, editor, reporter, or community manager at an affordable price, I'm your woman. An expert on marriage and relationships, travel, all things Italian, business education, personal finance, careers, and small businesses, I can handle just about any topic. My book, Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press Travel, 2012) offers ideas on how to enjoy all the Garden State has to offer parents and children. I've also written about health, including baby's diet and chemotherapy. Part of the BusinessWeek team that won 2007 and 2008 National Magazine Awards, I frequently freelance for business publications and serve as the Guide to Newlyweds for About.com. I am excellent at meeting deadlines, and I track down the right sources, facts and figures, and all the relevant angles before a story is due. If you want more information on my career, visit www.francescadimeglio.com.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 15 Years
Reporter 15 Years
Writer 15 Years
Specialty
Travel 6 Years
Education 14 Years
Lifestyle 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
13 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
About.com (11+), Bloomberg BusinessWeek (11+), BusinessWeek.com (11+), ItaliansRus.com/La Voce (columnist) (11+), MyMidwest (Midwest Airlines) (6-10), Go Magazine (AirTran) (6-10), Bergen Health & Life magazine (6-10), Yahoo News (picked up BW stories) (6-10), Footwear News (3-5), Health Monitor (3-5), Institutional Investor (1-2), The South Mag (1-2)
Other Work History
I'm trained in public speaking and speak Italian fluently. I blog regularly about marriage and relationships and all things Italian. I have given speeches to groups of 200 or more. I can build slide shows and handle basic html functions to produce pages on Web sites. I have experience building community and creating a dialogue with readers through online forums, blogs, and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Computer Skills
Search Engine Optimization (SEO), blogging and site building on WordPress, YouTube, iMovies, iTunes, AOL, Word, Excel, HTML, Windows XP, Mac, Explorer, Facebook, Twitter, Google and other search engines, PrintShop, InCopy (basics), Adobe Photo Shop (basics), Outlook
Equipment
MacBook; printer, scanner, and copier; Canon Pixma printer; BlackBerry; Kindle; audio recorder for office phone; hand-held audio recorder; fax machine; webcam and microphone; Nikon Coolpix digital camera, which also takes video
Foreign Language Skills
Italian
Work Permits & Visas
I'm married to an Italian, and I spend lots of time in Italy.
References
Available upon request
Awards
February 2009 Go Getter Award for About.com; 2008 National Magazine Award for Personal Service Online for BusinessWeek's Business School Channel; 2007 National Magazine Award for BusinessWeek's Business Schools Channel; 2008 National Magazine Award for Interactive Service Online for BusinessWeek's Business Schools Channel; 2006 MIN Best Online Community for BusinessWeek.com's Business Schools Channel; December 2005 BusinessWeek.com Breaking News Award; Phi Beta Kappa; Hatchet Best News Writer; Charles Puffenbarger Student Achievement Award; Gridiron Scholarship; Presidential Academic Scholarship; FLHS Journalism Achievement Award
Associations
The GW Hatchet Alumni Association, North American Travel Journalists Association
Other
Trained in public speaking; trained in blogging; trained in SEO; consulted on book about getting into graduate business schools; wrote a book about family travel in New Jersey; translated book from Italian to English; edited and oversaw production of book about college newspaper; contributed reporting and writing to McGraw-Hill books on graduate business schools and the GMAT; B.A. in journalism from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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
 
Books  
(Globe Pequot Press, 5/15/2012)
This book offers suggestions to parents on how to pass time with their children when visiting the great state of New Jersey. It features ideas about where to go, where to stay, and where to eat in every state county.
(85 Broads , 12/10/2011)
Admitted is a witty and accessible interactive guide to the entire MBA application process. Along with helpful tips and stories about successful applicants, Admitted breaks down the application journey from beginning to end. The heart of the book is its exploration of the leadership essays and helps
Business  
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 10/1/2013)
MBA students may soon have a chance to learn the ins and outs of fighting corruption.
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 9/26/2013)
Design has been a part of the business school curriculum for years now, although you'd be hard-pressed to find evidence of that.
(Bloomberg, 7/31/2013)
An MBA from Harvard Business School may have lost a bit of its shine -- about $5,000 worth.
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/30/2013)
Social media can unlock many secrets about consumers, and business schools have caught on. More professors are incorporating social media data in marketing courses to help students better understand consumers and branding.
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/18/2013)
Quick: How many business majors in the U.S. do you think have as their No. 1 career priority work-life balance? Twenty percent? Forty percent? Try 61 percent.
Weddings and Marriage  
(About.com, 10/1/2013)
If you want to know if you're damaging your marriage, grab a pen and paper and take this quiz.
(About.com, 9/1/2013)
One spouse had an emotional affair via Facebook with an ex real-life girlfriend.
(About.com, 7/1/2013)
Here are the signs of post-bridal stress disorder
(About.com, 6/1/2013)
Here, you can check out photos of sample thank you cards and find out about these special ways newlyweds are saying thank you
Travel  
(Institutional Investor, 2/1/2014)
Affluent business travelers are driving market growth in the hospitality industry, and hotels are responding in kind