Mary Best

Alden, NY USA
Website: http://

Professional Experience

As a creative communicator, I've worked as a journalist and theater marketing professional. I've also created digital content for a theme park, bakery and brand new play spanning the state of New York. I color-code my closet, make a mean fruit salsa and am ready for a challenge.


3 Years
5 Years
Social Media
4 Years


5 Years


Marketing (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. cl
3 Years
Newspaper - Community
Entry Level
Online/new media
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

5 Years

Other Work History

Reporter November 2014 - Present Bee Group Newspapers • Buffalo, NY Social Media Intern March 2014 - April 2015 Schmackary’s • Manhattan, NY Social Media Manager May 2014 - October 2014 <50% The Play • Manhattan, NY Marketing Intern January 2014 - May 2014 Signature Theatre Company • Manhattan, NY Student Center Correspondent October 2012 - December 2013 • New York, NY Editor-in-Chief (and other) January 2011 - December 2013 The Bona Venture • St. Bonaventure, NY Digital Media Intern May 2011 - October 2012 Darien Lake Theme Park Resort • Darien Center, NY Disc Jockey/News Department Staffer September 2010- January 2012 WSBU-FM, 88.3 The Buzz • St. Bonaventure, NY Freelance NeXt Correspondent July 2008 - December 2010 The Buffalo News • Buffalo, NY

Technical Skills

Adobe Photoshop, Wordpress, Glogster, iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband

Foreign Language Skills

Intermediate Spanish

Computer Skills

Macintosh OSX, Windows 7, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Numbers, Pages, Keynote, Tessitura, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Twitter Analytics, Sprout Social, Tweetdeck, Garageband, Avid Media Composer, Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Associated Press style


Macbook Pro OSX Yosemite, Canon Rebel T3 with Canon EF-S 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lens, iPhone 6, iPad Air, Sony Digital Audio Recorder, Adobe Photoshop, Garageband, iMovie, iPhoto

Work Permits & Visas

Permitted to work in the US


Mike Schuler - 716 - 923 - 0925 Jenna Clark Embrey - 212-967-1913 Chris Graham - 716-553-3885


New York State Press Association


News and Feature Clips

Feature with former Buffalo Bill and NFL Hall of Fame member Jim Kelly about his annual football camp and cancer recovery.
Climactic story as part of the Lancaster School District beat after the school board retired its controversial mascot name despite a nearly 70-year history. For more coverage, visit
Lifestyle feature previewing month-long series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. Roy croft artisan Elbert Hubbard and his wife, Alice, both of East Aurora, perished in the tragedy.
Review of SBU Theater's production of "A Year With Frog and Toad"


Photos taken of Neon Trees during their in-park concert.


A lip dub featuring employees of Darien Lake Theme Park Resort performing "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen. I planned, directed and filmed the project, which was edited and produced by my supervisor. This is one of 4 lip dubs I made during my time at Darien Lake.


Original flash fiction (short fiction) piece composed for a creative writing class in college.

Social Media Graphics

Sample of graphics I created in photoshop to share on social media channels for <50%, a new play by Gianmarco Soresi. More are available at the URL above.

Full CV

Full, detailed CV of my work experience


Editorial regarding the omission of same-sex wedding announcements from my university's alumni magazine.