Jeffrey Merron

Raleigh, NC USA
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Professional Experience

Looking for captivating prose based on in-depth interviews and research? Broad experience in technology, sports, travel, medical writing, business and politics, personal essays, and in-depth analysis.

Expertise

Content Editor (online)
21 Years
Editor
33 Years
Writer
32 Years

Specialty

Entertainment
17 Years
Sports & Recreation
20 Years
Technology
22 Years

Industries


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
13 Years
Online/new media
22 Years
PR (firm) - Fortune 1000 corp. clients
6 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

33 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Nonprofit Technology News (4), TidBITS (Apple and Macintosh News) (1), Turner Broadcasting (1), Slate (1), Computers.net (4), ESPN (4), Durham Magazine (3), Chapel Hill Magazine (2), Consumers Digest (1), Endurance Magazine (1), Information Week (1), PCWorld/Macworld Content Works (1), 108 Magazine (4), Asylum.com (4), Macworld (4), MedTech Journal (4)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Outer Banks Marathon (4), TD Waterhouse (2), Rhiza Labs (2), SciTech Publishing (1), U.S.A. Track & Field (1), The Coker Group (1)

Other Work History

The Progressive Physician (formerly MedTech Journal) Contributing Editor Nonprofit Technology News Contributing Editor ESPN.com (Sept. 2001-Aug. 2006) Contributing Editor/Page 2 Columnist SportsJones Magazine (1998-2001) Executive Editor IBM (Nov. 1995Aug. 1997) RTP, North Carolina Corporate Communications BYTE Magazine (Feb. 1987April 1988) Peterborough, NH Associate News Editor Other positions: Philadelphia Inquirer (sports intern); Princeton Packet (sports editor); USA Today (research consultant; Wisc. Public Radio (prod. asst.). Have also written for dozens of newspapers, magazines, Web sites, and newsletters. Full time professor of journalism and mass communication (six years); also taught part time at UNC-CH and New School in NYC.

Technical Skills

digital editing and audio production (spoken word); desktop publishing; multi-media blogging; "hidden Internet" or "deep Web" research

Computer Skills

iPod, iPad, and Macintosh expert -- OS 10.7, Word, HTML, Excel, Audacity (sound editing), iMovie (video editing), and many other applications

Equipment

high-end digital audio recorder, laptop, high-quality digital camera, broadband Internet, direct-to-digital phone recording, photocopier, fax, etc.

Work Samples

Consumer and Business Technology

(Macworld 6/7/2011)
A review of task management apps well suited for "Getting Things Done" beginners.
(Macworld.com 6/21/2011)
A brief review of Smart Pad, a calendar app for the iPad
(The Progressive Physician (MedTech Journal) 10/13/2009)
How can a doctor or a practice possibly keep track of all of the potential interactions (and allergies) for each patient, considering that patients may be taking a lengthy list of prescribed and over-the-counter drugs? By using E-prescribing systems.
(Information Week 11/6/2007)
Cities around the country seem to be backing away from their promises of widespread, free municipal Wi-Fi services. Are they abandoning the idea of public Wi-Fi, or just retrenching?
(TidBits 4/3/2009)
Is your iPod also your running partner? What about when it gets rainy? While lots of water-proofing methods exist, it can be hard to find one you can trust. This is my informal review of my new favorite iPod accessory: iBagz.
(Macworld 1/11/2015)
An archive of Macworld reviews and columns from the past five years. Includes reviews of iOS and Mac products and my "Digital Reading Room" column.
(The Progressive Physician (MedTech Journal) 8/29/2008)
Web-based systems that automate crucial and time-consuming patient communication aspects of running a practice make more sense now more than ever. By embracing new technologies practices can both satisfy the demands of the majority of their patients and ratchet down costs.
(Macworld 4/29/2010)
Feature on the pros and cons of third-party app alternatives for printing from your mobile device.
(Macworld 10/5/2011)
Abvio, a small iPhone software developer based in San Francisco, has released the first fitness app that takes advantage of the Notification Center, one of the most important new features in Apple's new mobile operating system.

Profiles

(ESPN.com 9/17/2005)
A profile of former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone.
(ESPN.com 5/19/2003)
A profile of Michelle Wie, age 13, including interviews with both her and her father.
(Chapel Hill magazine 9/1/2007)
John Hinton, once one of the country's top high school milers, is 45 years old and running nearly as fast has he did 30 years ago. He often wins races, on both the track (against collegians) and the road (against competitors of all ages). And he's now, at age 45, a world record holder.

Culture and History

(ESPN.com 3/7/2002)
When did the NCAA Tournament become "March Madness"? When did the semifinals become the "Final Four"? When did the NCAA men's basketball championship tournament arrive as an Event, on a par with the World Series, even surpassing the NBA playoffs, and deserving to be mentioned with the Super Bowl? Many believe it was March 26, 1979, Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird.
(ESPN.com 2/9/2016)
In 1965, Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in Game One of the World Series because it was Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. Instead of Koufax, Don Drysdale pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I bet right now you wish I was Jewish, too," Drysdale said to Walter Alston when the manager came to pull him from the game. The Dodgers lost to the Minnesota Twins, 8-2.

Entertainment

(ESPN.com 7/26/2006)
The classic Bill Murray movie is surprisingly autobiographical.
(Durham Magazine 4/1/2008)
On the 20th anniversary of its release, a look at how the film "Bull Durham" captured and helped spur change in Durham. Includes interview with producer Thom Mount, one-time president of Universal Pictures.
(Asylum.com 12/2/2009)
An archive of my posts to Asylum.com, a "men's interest" site run by AOL.com. My posts tend to be entertainment-oriented. The archive is updated frequently.

Personal essays

(ESPN.com 11/19/2003)
A personal look back at sports in the 1970s
(ESPN.com 6/17/2005)
A Father's Day tribute to my dad.

Interviews

(ESPN.com 7/26/2004)
An interview with the presidential candidate.
(ESPN.com 12/8/2008)
An interview with the New Yorker staff writer about his most recent book, the No. 1 bestseller "Outliers," and its sports-related implications.