Jill Coody Smits

Austin, TX USA
Website: http://blueseedcommunications.com

Professional Experience

Jill Coody Smits is the author of "Paris When It Giggles: A Realistic Travel Guide for Adventurous Parents," as well as the writer of many articles, blog posts, op-eds, annual reports, in-house publications and essays. Her work has appeared in Psychology Today, Southwest Airlines' Spirit Magazine, Southern Living, The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, The Huffington Post and CNN.com. She has written for nonprofits, hospitals, software companies, ad agencies and parenting blogs on topics including human rights, psychology, cancer, family travel, women's health, fitness and public policy. Jill lives in Austin with her husband, daughter and two four-footed sons.


Copy Editor
10 Years
10 Years
Other, Specify
10 Years


Business (general)
9 Years
12 Years
Other, Specify
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
7 Years
PR (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. clients
10 Years
14 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

DallasChild Magazine (1-2), Animal Wellness (1-2), Media Planet (10+), Psychology Today (6-10), Southwest Spirit Magazine (6-10), Southern Living (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (10+), Direct Impact (10+), Food Research and Action Center (10+), Ford Motor Co. (10+), Central Desktop (6-10), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (6-10), Pure Moxie (3-5), Johnson & Johnson (3-5), Susan G. Komen for the Cure (3-5), US Against Alzheimers (1-2), Southern Methodist University (1-2), Refugees International (1-2), Save Darfur Coalition (6-10), Fairtrade America (6-10)

Foreign Language Skills


Computer Skills

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quark, OS 10, Windows XP


PowerBook, digital camera,


PRSA Silver Anvil Award finalist


PRSA, Avant Guild

Work Samples


(Psychology Today 7/1/2011)
Psychological breakdown of the motivations that drive personalities like toe-crushers, brown-nosers and gold diggers.
(Psychology Today 11/1/2011)
Goal striving can be unhealthy if compulsion and fear of failure come into play. A look at the dark side of overachievement.
(Southwest Spirit Magazine 1/1/2014)
Growing a culture of generosity can pay dividends down the line.
(Southwest Spirit 12/1/2012)
Happy workers are good for the company's bottom line.


(Fairtrade America 10/8/2014)
One of a series of blog posts written during Fairtrade Month.
(Pure-Moxie 7/23/2014)
One of a series of blog posts written on behalf of a brand innovation agency.
(Central Desktop 10/18/2013)
One of a series of "work psychology" blog posts written for a collaboration software company.


Author of this city guide, picture book and travelogue all rolled into one pretty little package.

Annual Reports

(United to End Genocide 9/1/2012)