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  Linda Jones
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am a multi-faceted, award-winning freelancer and author who has covered everything from the historic elections in South Africa to the opening of a Starbucks in a Texas funeral home. I write for print and online publications and I can write to the style specifications of my clients. Feature and creative writing is my forte. I write clearly and am skilled at writing and editing news, features, technical and academic projects. Ability to navigate new media and social media platforms is in my repertoire of skills and I can write in SEO style for websites.

Work Info
Content Editor (online) 2 Years
Reporter 28 Years
Writer 28 Years
Entertainment 4 Years
New media writing, bereavement writing (obituaries, etc.); Immigration , ethnic affairs 8 Years
Lifestyle 25 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
30 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Naturallycurly.com (11+), AOL News (6-10), Agence France Presse (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Dallas County Community College Dist (3-5), The Gideon Foundation (3-5), Campbell Ewald - Delivery Mag (1-2), Center for Spiritual Living (1-2), Collin College (1-2)
Other Work History
Staff writing positions -- Dallas Morning News, Detroit News, USA Weekend/USA Today,Fayetteville Times, US News & World Report, Ft. Lauderdale News&Sun-Sentinel,Miami News.
Freelance assignments with Essence, Black Enterprise, Glamour, NiaOnline, Time, West Africa Press Syndicate, City Press (Johannesburg, S.Africa),Heart & Soul Magazine, Johnson Publishing Co.
Adjunct writing instructor, at Brookhaven College, creative writing instructor, Richland College, Richardson, TX; writing specialist, Mountain View College writing center
Computer Skills
MicroSoft Word, Windows XP
Kodak digital camera; Samsung Galaxy cell phone camera, video and voice recorder, HP laptop, Apple Ipod touch.
Work Permits & Visas
Neil Foote, Foote Communications, Dallas; Linda Ball, Associated Press, Dallas;
Felecia Henderson, features editor, Detroit News;Robbie Morganfield, former executive director, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute; Yolanda Woodlee, writer and former national reporter, The Washington Post; Avis Thomas-Lester, editor D.C./Baltimore Afro American; Clem Richardson columnist, New York Daily News; Karen Thomas, professor of journalism, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Florida Medical Association; Best of Gannett; National Association of Black Journalists; Asociation of Sunday and Feature Editors; Association for Women Journalists; The Writers' Block
MediaBistro, National Association of Black Journalists; Dallas-Ft. Worth Association of Black Communicators.
As a certified grief recovery specialist I have incorporated Writing through Grief workshops into my outreach activities. I also write bereavement material for clients, such as obituaries, tributes and memorials. I conduct writing clinics in underserved communities helping walk-ins with any writing projects. I am at ease with people from different racial and cultural backgrounds. I graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Journalism. I served as Feature Writing Consultant for the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt (University). I also consulted the news staff of City Press, a South African weekly in Johannesburg, South African news weekly.
I am author of a humorous, but positive message filled book about the sensitive issue of hair in the African American community. I also take communications to a rhythmic level. I play West African dounoun drums.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Feature - Humor  
(Open Salon, 3/25/2012)
Freelance Writer offers humorous tips to her colleagues who are contemplating substitute teaching to help pay the bills.
(Dallas Morning News, 4/20/2001)
It was a matter of relaxing my mind or losing it. Essay on how I battled burnout by spending 10 intensive days of silence and contemplation at a meditation 'boot camp.'
(Dallas Morning News, 6/27/1996)
Series on the Black Hebrew Israelites a community of expatriate African Americans who stirred controversy by renouncing their citizenship and settling in Dimona, Israel. For members of this 30 year old community, America was no place to be somebody.
Feature profile  
(Dallas Morning News, 1/9/2000)
The poetry of Jason Carney, a self-described Skinhead Wannabe helps deliver him from racism and homophobia.
Feature - Religion  
(Dallas Morning News, 8/22/1998)
To "whoop" or not to "whoop?" Old style and new. A look at the tradition of mixing theatrics with theology in the African American church.
(NiaOnline, 4/10/2001)
(AOL News, 3/29/2011)
Collection of news and features as AOL News contributor
Feature - Tribute  
(Open Salon, 10/29/2009)
Personal tribute to the late jazz musician Art Blakey
Feature - Bereavement  
(Written for Funeral Program, 2/7/2012)
Obituary written to be centerpiece of funeral program for owner of a well respected African cultural bookstore in South Dallas