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  Cara Nissman
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm a quick-change artist all wrapped up in the written word, swiftly juggling serious reports, fun features, personal essays, and objective reviews for newspapers, magazines and websites with persistence, clarity, and accuracy. I also edit columns and books when I am not writing for them. And I am schooled in social media, having conceived, developed, and marketed a Facebook Page for a regional dance troupe.

My topics run the gamut -- family, education, religion, travel, health, beauty, books -- and I am particularly familiar with autism, psychology, young adult issues, divorce, female empowerment, and Latin and South Florida cultures. And I always "give good lede." Please see www.caranissman.com for more information about me. I look forward to working with you!
Work Info
 
Expertise
Book Author 3 Years
Editor 7 Years
Writer 15 Years
Specialty
Education 11 Years
Family, Children & Teenagers 15 Years
Lifestyle 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
LRP Publications, Inc. (11+), Autism After 16 (3-5), InterfaithFamily.com (1-2)
Other Work History
Please see www.caranissman.com for my freelance work history, clips and more.
Computer Skills
I can handle most of what you throw at me on my iMac, with OS X Version 10.6.5, iLife '11, Adobe CS5, Word, Excel, and other applications. Just ask me!
Technical Skills
I have taken photos for several of my articles and edited them using Photoshop. I built my website, www.caranissman.com, using Dreamweaver. I have edited and laid out publications in InDesign. Just ask me!
Equipment
I have a desktop, a laptop, film and digital cameras, a digital voice recorder, and a smart phone.
Foreign Language Skills
I am not a native speaker, but I speak, write, and read Spanish proficiently, having studied Spanish literature at Boston University and lived in South Florida for nearly a decade. I am immersed in the immigrant culture here.
Work Permits & Visas
N/A.
Unions
N/A.
References
Available upon request.
Awards
Please see www.caranissman.com.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near Miami, FL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Autism After 16, 9/24/2012)
I shed light on an issue many people are reluctant to talk about: A lot of people with autism also have some form of mental illness that can go inadvertently untreated if believed to be just another characteristic of autism.
(InterfaithFamily.com, 7/17/2009)
I interviewed people active in interfaith organizations nationwide about how the poor economy had affected their outreach efforts. I am proud that I got some very candid quotes from people depending on donations to keep their organizations running.
(Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine, 9/1/2007)
I had a telling conversation with the down-to-earth co-creator of Burt's Bees. I am as comfortable chatting with millionaires as I am with unknown characters. Everyone seems to be comfortable talking with me, too. I always aim to be myself with whomever I interview regardless of his background.
(Palm Beach Illustrated, 1/1/2006)
This article shows off my ability to take on a foreign subject, in this case polo, research it on a deadline, and write a colorful, detailed article as if I had always been a part of that community. This story profiles several female polo players in Palm Beach who are taking on male players.
(Teen Vogue, 3/1/2005)
This article explores whether lowering the drinking age to 18 could help curb binge drinking, drunk driving, and alcohol poisoning. This older clip shows I excel at interviewing sources of all ages, adjusting my writing style according to the reader, and "giving good lede."