Brittany Shoot

San Francisco, CA 94108 USA
Website: http://brittanyshoot.com
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Professional Experience

My culture reporting and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times, The Atlantic Cities, Ms., Mental Floss, The Daily, USA Today, The Guardian, Salon, Hemispheres, and GOOD, among many other publications. I cover culture and religion as a Sojourners contributing writer. Assignments have taken me to artisanal salt production huts on an island off the coast of northern Denmark, a conference on women's safety in public places in New Delhi, and parkour training sessions in suburban California, where I learned to leap over concrete walls. I excel at putting others at ease and have interviewed everyone from environmental activist Vandana Shiva to heavy metal rocker Andrew WK. Clients praise my ability to be reliably deadline-oriented and enthusiastic about any project. I write for custom publications and write and edit web copy, brochures, and internal management policy documents for corporate and non-profit/NGO clients when it does not conflict with my reporting.

Expertise

Editor
7 Years
Reporter
5 Years
Writer
9 Years

Specialty

Arts & Humanities
8 Years
Travel
4 Years
Women's Issues
6 Years

Industries


Broadcasting - Ent - Radio (Local)
5 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
5 Years
Online/new media
8 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

11 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

The Daily (10+), The Washington Post's WhoRunsGov (10+), xoJane.com (10+), AlterNet (6-10), Bitch (6-10), Herizons (6-10), Sojourners (6-10), Spirituality and Health (3-5), The Atlantic Cities (3-5), Mediabistro.com (3-5), Mental Floss (3-5), Diversity Woman (3-5), Geez (3-5), GOOD (3-5), Hemispheres (3-5), USA Today (3-5), TIME (1-2), The Rotarian (1-2), ISLANDS (1-2), Happen Mag (1-2), Ms. (1-2), Salon.com (1-2), Selamta (1-2), The Awl (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Greenpeace Nordic (10+), Plastic Pollution Coalition (10+), St. Mary's College of California (1-2), Fodor's (1-2), The CORPUS Project (1-2)

Technical Skills

Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro, CMS (Drupal, Wordpress, Movable Type)

Foreign Language Skills

American and British English (fluent), Danish (intermediate), Spanish and French (beginner)

Computer Skills

Office (Microsoft, Open), web video (YouTube, Blip, Vimeo, QuickTime), Dreamweaver, basic HTML, wiki, Markdown, social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+), Podio

Equipment

Audio recorder, digital camera, film camera, laptop

Work Permits & Visas

U.S. citizen, valid passport

Work Samples

Lifestyle & health

(Happen Mag (Match.com) 6/1/2012)
Choosing to not have children certainly can complicate -- and enhance -- intimate relationships. Here's a closer look at how being child-free by choice has affected these real-life couples.
(Spirituality & Health 9/1/2012)
Go beyond the cleanse and try juicing to boost your health.
(USA Today: Heart and Stroke 3/1/2012)
A growing body of research is connecting anxiety to heart disease.
(USA Today Pet Guide 6/1/2012)
A lifelong animal lover, Lynea Lattanzio runs California's largest no-kill no-cage lifetime sanctuary for cats.

Arts & culture

(Hemispheres 7/1/2012)
Reviving an old saltmaking industry on Denmark's Laeso island.
(Religion Dispatches 10/13/2009)
A review of Rhoda Janzen's screamingly funny memoir Mennonite In A Little Black Dress.
(Bitch 12/1/2009)
A brief history of calls to artsy action.
(AlterNet 12/8/2011)
Working with local Occupy groups, a group of hip-hop artists plan a concert tour with a message and a plan for continued activism after they're gone.
(Sojourners 7/1/2012)
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things and The Rumpus advice columnist, talks about walking and writing her way out of grief.
(The Daily 3/2/2012)
Christian card counters talk about their documentary Holy Rollers
(GOOD 2/8/2012)
Guest Chef is a new Oakland eatery that's equal parts Top Chef, pop-up boutique, and recession-era resume-builder.
(Bitch 6/1/2010)
A new video game lets women shoot down street harassment.
(Hemispheres 5/1/2012)
Three-sided football (soccer), played by three opposing teams on a hexagonal field, is the latest blend of art world theory and real-life athletic regulation.
(The Daily 4/22/2012)
Documentary director Jon Shenk filmed Maldives president's downfall in real time.

Books

(Greenwood Publishing, 9/16/2010)
This A-Z encyclopedia explores the historical and cultural significance of vegetarianism in the United States and beyond. Contributed entries on celebrity vegetarians, vegetarians in TV and film, social acceptance of vegetarianism, and Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Bauer.
(Microcosm Publishing 6/1/2009)
Sick collects peoples' experiences with illness to help establish a collective voice of those impacted within radical/left/DIY communities. Contributed "Clearing Head: A Story About Migraines."

Essays & opinion

(The Guardian 12/2/2011)
Including contraception for millions of low-income women in health insurance reform was settled policy. Why waver now?
(Politiken (Denmark) 4/12/2011)
A Danish-language op-ed about work visas for highly educated expats in Denmark.
(The Atlantic Cities 9/19/2012)
Growing up, I couldn't wait to flee central Indiana. Now I just feel lucky, and terrible.
(GOOD 2/9/2012)
In the Dealbreakers series, exes report on the habit, belief, or boxer brief that ended the affair.
(The Guardian 4/11/2011)
I know from talking about my choice not to have children just how hard it is to get past the strong emotions the topic arouses.
(The Frisky 7/28/2010)
A chronicle of suffering from chronic migraines for most of my young life.
(xoJane 12/2/2011)
By the time I arrived in Indiana the summer of her relocation, Gram was already adjusting to her first home sans Grandpa. In her wake, she'd left a closet full of clothes.
(The New York Times 6/25/2004)
Syndicated Daily Iowan editorial. Several states and localities have recently considered lowering their legal voting ages below the current standard of 18.
(Salon 12/15/2010)
I've always said I didn't want kids. Now that I've been voluntarily sterilized, will people finally believe me?
(The New York Times 7/12/2004)
Syndicated Daily Iowan editorial. Two of the pivotal reasons given by the Bush administration for invading Iraq have now been cited as inaccurate.

Women's issues

(Ms. 10/1/2012)
Women candidates from poor areas may alter India's political landscape
(Herizons 6/1/2010)
An interview with environmental activist Vandana Shiva on food sovereignty, organic produce, seed saving, consumption, and progressive politics.
(Herizons 12/1/2009)
Interview with author and journalist Michelle Goodman on the global politics that most impact women's sexual and reproductive health.

Travel

(Time 10/11/2012)
Here's how to get in on the Danish brand of ghoulish fall fun
(The Daily 3/24/2012)
From Revolutionary history to community cafes, 3 days of sampling the gems of Boston.
(The Daily 5/19/2012)
There are 500 reasons to visit Indianapolis and that famous motor race is just one.