Susan Sherrill Axelrod

Portland, ME USA
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Professional Experience

An award-winning, tech-savvy journalist and seasoned editor, my career includes newspaper and magazine staff positions, affording me broad and deep experience in digital and print media. My portfolio includes a wide range of features covering food and drink, travel, culture, art, and design. Among other projects, I have: reported on women brewers in Maine; covered the farm-to-table movement in the Berkshires; developed recipes for "Lighten Up America," a cookbook by Cooking Light; and written a weekly cooking column for a daily newspaper. Currently, I am an editor for State 23 Media, publishers of Old Port, Maine, and Maine Home+Design magazines, headquartered in Portland Maine.

Expertise

Writer
18 Years
Editor
18 Years
Content Editor (online)
7 Years

Specialty

Food
19 Years
Lifestyle
16 Years
Home & Garden
5 Years

Industries


Newspaper - Local/Regional
15 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
8 Years
Online/new media
7 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

19 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Northeast Flavor Magazine (3-5), Downeast Magazine (1-2), Food Network Magazine (1-2), Forbes Travel Guide (1-2), Zagat (6-10)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Kennebunkport Resort Collection (6-10), Oakhurst Dairy (1-2), Funky Bow Brewery (10+), Wild Blueberries Association of North America (1-2)

Other Work History

Editor—Old Port magazine, Food Editor—State 23 Media, Social Media Editor — Portland Press Herald (pressherald.com), Online Content Producer — Portland Press Herald (pressherald.com) and MaineToday.com, Editor — Eater Maine (eater.maine.com), Food Editor and columnist, The Record, Food and Entertainment Editor — (201) Magazine, Editor — The Ridgewood News, Managing Editor — Bergen County Newspapers

Technical Skills

Social media strategy and analytics; SEO; website design and management; recipe development

Foreign Language Skills

Some French and Italian

Computer Skills

Word; Windows XP; Quark (editing); WordPress; Photoshop; Moveable Type; Clickability

Equipment

laptop; camera (iPhone) SD600; audio recorder

Work Permits & Visas

valid US passport

References

Happy to provide if you request them.

Awards

Various NJPA (New Jersey Press Association) awards for newspaper writing and page design (including several first place awards)

Work Samples

Staff Assignments/Print & Online

On her farm in Waldoboro, Allison Lakin uses science, artistry, and methodical care to grow Lakin's Gorges Cheese
Partnership between Ellsworth and the Jackson Laboratory breeds a culture of innovation in Maine's fastest-growing city
Collected around the world, Rough & Tumble's iconic handbags are handmade in Maine
Focusing on Maine's favorite sandwich, Highroller Lobster Co. hits it out of the park.
Pups and their people find a warm welcome in dog-friendly Portland, Maine.
Year after year, musicians and sailors return to Swan's Island for the Sweet Chariot Music Festival
The TD Beach to Beacon 10K achieves an elite designation for sustainable practices, on and off the course.
Fishermen say the Gulf of Maine's deep blue waters still hold plenty of fish, but conservation efforts—including catch quotas and the closing of some fishing areas—often leave them and environmentalists on opposite sides of the table.
Close on the heels of Maine's micro-brewing boom, and reflecting the interest in all things artisanal, craft distilling is on the rise.