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  Martha Spizziri
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Looking for a reliable freelance writer? Look no further. Clients say I'm a "dedicated," "creative," "thorough," "fair-minded," and "hard-working" writer who produces "well-crafted, well-researched articles," even when "the subject matter [is] complex" and the audience "demanding." One client says, "I was more than pleased with her work. I was thrilled." I've been called "a joy" and "a pleasure" to work with.

I'm a generalist who quickly gets up to speed on any topic, including health, psychotherapy, advertising/marketing, retail, freight transportation, and road engineering. My web experience includes creating websites; producing slide shows; blogging; writing e-newsletters; and writing daily, live news updates from conferences and trade shows.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Content Editor (online) 17 Years
Copy Editor 25 Years
Reporter 22 Years
Specialty
Health 1 Year
Transportation 29 Years
Business (general) 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
29 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Music Inc. (3-5), Direct Marketing News (3-5), Remodeling (3-5), Club Industry (1-2), Engineering News-Record (1-2), MyBusiness (1-2), Scout Cambridge (1-2), Scout Somerville (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Great Lakes Bay Publishing (6-10), UPS Compass (6-10), SAP (1-2), Journal Communications (1-2), MorganFranklin Consulting (1-2)
Other Work History
Social Media Coordinator, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, March 2010-September 2010

Web Production Editor, Software Magazine
July 2002 to the present

Web Editor, American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE)
September 1996 to the present

Web Editor, Modern Materials Handling magazine
September 1996 to September 2001

Managing Editor, Digital News & Review
July 1995 to August 1996

Assistant Managing Editor, Traffic Management magazine
August 1993 to July 1995
Computer Skills
Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS, MS Office, Mac OS X, Windows, QuarkXPress
Technical Skills
Photoshop, web design, video editing with Final Cut (Express, Pro 7 and X), Soundtrack editing with Soundtrack Pro
Equipment
MacBook Pro, PC running XP, scanner, Adobe CS 4 Web Premium, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, iLife, iWork, digital point-and-shoot cameras, 35 mm SLR film camera, audio recorder
References
"I was running a site for New York Times Digital as part of my consulting practice. I had the opportunity to ask Martha to write a few articles for me. The subject matter was complex. The audience was demanding. She performed perfectly. Her work was well written, thoughtful and on-target. More importantly, it perfectly reflected the highly sophisticated audience of online professionals at which it was aimed. I was more than pleased with her work. I was thrilled."
- Paul Conley

"Martha is a thorough, fair-minded, creative, and hard-working writer who produces well-crafted, well-researched articles. She is a pleasure to work with."
- Karen Bachrach, DC Velocity magazine

"Martha is the epitome of a valued publishing generalist. Her skills are solid and span writing, reporting, production, and page design. Martha is an asset to any team of which she has been a member."
- Mitch MacDonald, DC Velocity magazine
Awards
American Society of Business Publication Editors
- Gold Award, Best Online Column: Bloopers
- Silver Award, Best Online Publication Design: ADC News & Solutions
Associations
ASBPE (formerly American Society of Business Publication Editors)
Other
I have taken classes in copy editing, developmental editing, fact-checking, and video editing, as well as continuing classes to update my web skills. I have a certificate in Web design from Boston University. I am comfortable using content management systems.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Boston, MA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Business-to-business writing  
(Remodeling, 5/9/2014)
The recession pushed Gary Carlson out of custom homes and into remodeling. It's where he now prefers to stay
(Remodeling, 5/9/2014)
Facebook and Houzz help drive business for this remodeler who has mastered the art of social media
(Remodeling, 5/9/2014)
What began as a handyman franchise soon grew to doing a lot more than small jobs
(Remodeling, 5/9/2014)
Sidelined during a labor dispute, Rick Messier took the opportunity to follow a long-held ambition: to start a construction business
(Remodeling, 5/9/2014)
The owners of this company set out to make everything different, including the org chart that has everyone reporting to the customer
(Remodeling, 4/14/2014)
Yes, you can harmonize your home and business lives, and there's more than one way to do it. Want to be successful at it? Follow these eight tips to find the perfect balance between your work and home lives.
(Direct Marketing News 2014 Essential Guide to Content Marketing, 1/31/2014)
Creating marketing content without a plan will waste time, resources, and effort.
(Music Inc., 1/1/2014)
How The Piano Store started small and just might make it big.
(Music Inc., 12/1/2013)
Tells how Kenny's Music, an independent musical-instrument retailer, has managed to thrive in a highly competitive market.
(Club Industry, 3/1/2013)
As budgets remain tight at many universities around the country, the need to keep costs low is increasingly important. And as green efforts remain important at many universities, some university rec centers are seeking out energy efficiency as one way to slash operating costs.
(Direct Marketing News, 1/1/2013)
Big Data is the current shiny object when it comes to data-driven marketing, but don't ignore these basics when dealing with marketing data.
Blogging (consumer)  
(Scout Somerville, 2/20/2014)
The Somerville Theatre's 100th anniversary celebration is serving up 100 days of movies from the theater's founding through to the present day.
(Scout Cambridge, 11/20/2013)
For this Cambridge, Mass., resident, life has followed a winding path.
Contact Info
  Martha Spizziri
Somerville, MA 
USA

Tel: (617) 628-5466  
E-Mail: martha@marthaspizziri.com
Website: http://www.marthaspizziri.com