Leonard Jacobs

33-55 14th Street, #11C Long Island City, NY 11106
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Professional Experience

Some months ago, I changed my Facebook profile to read: I am a journalist who keeps doing other things. From government policy to marketing, fundraising, consulting and teaching, I like to think that my work is organic: experiences added to skills that lead to new experiences.

Expertise

Editor
15 Years
Reporter
20 Years
Publisher
5 Years

Specialty

Government
8 Years
Arts & Humanities
20 Years
Entertainment
20 Years

Industries


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
8 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
10 Years
Online/new media
7 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Other Work History

Work history on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonardjacobs/

Foreign Language Skills

Some Spanish.

Computer Skills

Mac/PC. Word, Excel, PPT, Photoshop, Acrobat, WordPress, HTML, XML, Outlook, Lotus, Final Cut Pro, Keynote, Pages, Numbers. Fluent in P&L, cash-flow statements, audits, bylaws, business planning. Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Buffer.

References

On request

Associations

Drama Desk; American Theatre Critics Association

Work Samples

General

I moved to Astoria in 2003 and immediately got assignments to write up area restaurants. Not sure I'd write the same thing three years later, but it was fun to go, and fun to fool around with language.
Since the New York Daily News has shuttered its promising 25 Hours Online, I don't have URLs to show you -- but I do have copy. On this day, I had interesting dish about Kathleen Turner, Morrissey (of mope-rock fame), and Scarlett Johansson.
More of a feature story.
I am now the lead critic for Back Stage, which means I review most Broadway shows and many major Off-Broadway shows. This is my review of the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet" starring Gabriel Byrne.
Since the New York Daily News has shuttered its promising 25 Hours Online, I don't have URLs to show you -- but I do have copy. On this day, I had interesting dish about Ozzy Osbourne and the musical he is writing about Rasputin. I scooped this.
My review of the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Edward Albee's "Seascape."
Since December of 2000, I have written on a freelance basis for AOL CityGuide. My work has included coverage of theater, film, dance, music, art, architecture, and, most important, shopping. This particular piece, published sometime in 2004, was written during a period when the editors aimed to make sure that every Broadway theatre had a description.
I've also covered just about gay bar in New York City for AOL CityGuide. Here's an example.
This is an example of a news analysis. I used to do these quite regularly.
Back Stage has an occasional column called "Take 5," in which we ask well-known entertainment industry professionals -- typically writers -- to name their top five this and that as it would relate to actors. Durang was a great interview.
For the first time, Back Stage now has an editorial page. In any given issue, we publish two out of four kinds of pieces: Our View, which is our in-house editorial; Talk Back, which is our reader-submitted op-ed; From the Editor, which is, by golly, from the editor; and Letters. This is the second Our View I have written (unsigned) for the paper. It doesn't run online. This is in Word format.
Since the New York Daily News has shuttered its promising 25 Hours Online, I don't have URLs to show you -- but I do have copy. On this day, I had interesting dish about Julia Roberts.
Since the New York Daily News has shuttered its promising 25 Hours Online, I don't have URLs to show you -- but I do have copy. On this day, I had interesting dish about Kevin Spacey and Cameron Diaz. (Together?)