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  Josh Sharp
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I’m an entertainment critic with an affinity for music. I aim to be authoritative, not pedantic. I know that when reviews get monotonous, readers tune out; I keep audiences engaged with meaningful, memorable insight, and I frame it in a narrative.

Music, television, literature, cinema: I believe these are experience driven art forms, and I write from the vantage point of the experience at hand. I’m mindful of relevance, and respectful of attention. I don’t overwhelm readers with convoluted references, or pontificate about big picture ideas to fill space. I relate key points to readers in a style they remember as savvy, inventive, and above all else: readable.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Copy Editor 2 Years
Photographer 4 Years
Writer 5 Years
Specialty
Entertainment 5 Years
Music 5 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
5 Years
Other Work History
In 2003, at the age of 17, I joined the staff of Pitchfork as a news writer. I turned in four articles a week, plus track reviews and breaking news. I contributed to the site’s “Top 50 Singles of 2003” feature, which was republished in the first Pitchfork book, “Thesaurus Musicarum.” In February 2004, I was promoted to Associate News Editor, a post where I edited 25-30 articles a week until the Fall of 2005. After that, I went to college.

I have 5 years of broadcasting experience, having hosted a drivetime indie rock radio show for WESU Middletown, a radio station affiliated with my alma mater, Wesleyan University.

I also work as a photographer. I’ve recently integrated that skill into my writing, with a series of photo essays called “Live, and on Record,” combining original concert photography with music journalism. I've also written a series of 25 essays detailing my favorite records from 2012; I've included links to these features below.
Computer Skills
Programs: Word, Photoshop, Scrivener, Powerpoint

Operating Systems: OS 10, Windows XP, Windows 7

Languages: HTML
Technical Skills
Photo Editing: Photoshop
Audio Editing: Adobe Audition, Logic Pro, Audacity
Equipment
Macbook Pro, Canon 60D DSLR Camera, HDTV, DVR, PS3, Xbox 360, iPad, iPhone, Photoshop
References
Available upon request
Other
Studied the Psychology of Reading at Wesleyan University, where I worked as a research assistant in the department's Reading Lab, and received a BA in Psychology in 2009.

I served on the board of directors at the WESU Middletown radio station, where I was music director and later program director.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near Hartford, CT. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Truancy Park, 4/24/2013)
Spotlighting original concert photography, this photo essay looks at the live performance and recorded output of Zomes, including the band's 2013 record "Time Was."
(Truancy Park, 4/4/2013)
Spotlighting original concert photography, this photo essay looks at the live performance and recorded output of Zammuto, a new band featuring members of the Books.
(Truancy Park, 3/29/2013)
The conclusion to a retrospective feature I wrote, examining the best records of 2012. A review of the album "Visions," by Grimes, and a look at some of the problems facing music journalists today.
(Truancy Park, 12/31/2012)
Part of a retrospective feature I wrote, examining the best records of 2012. A review of the album "Sweet Heart Sweet Light," by Spiritualized, including a look back at their discography.
(Truancy Park, 12/27/2012)
Part of a retrospective feature I wrote, examining the best records of 2012. A review of the album "Celebration Rock," by Japandroids.
(Truancy Park, 9/12/2012)
A review of the book "Aerogrammes," by Tania James.
(Pitchfork Media, 12/30/2003)
I contributed four short essays to this retrospective feature from Pitchfork, which was later republished in the site's first book, "Thesaurus Musicarum." The artists I wrote about were Ellen Allien, the Rapture, M83, and Ted Leo.
Contact Info
  Josh Sharp
Hartford, CT 
USA

E-Mail: josh@truancypark.com
Website: http://truancypark.com/