Lorne Bell

Maynard, MA USA
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Professional Experience

I'm an innovative communications director, journalist, and consultant with more than 10 years of feature and news writing experience. As a consultant, I develops and lead strategic communications campaigns to build brand engagement and increase organizational membership. I'm also a features writer for wide-ranging news and magazine outlets - The Boston Globe, Northshore Magazine, USGBC+ and others. I cover business, travel, food, green technology, sustainable design and construction, and social justice stories for more than 2 million readers.

Expertise

Editor
10 Years
Reporter
10 Years
Writer
10 Years

Specialty

Business (general)
5 Years
Travel
5 Years
Other, Specify
5 Years

Industries


Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
1 Year
Newspaper - National
6 Years
Pr/marketing - all
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

12 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

The Jewish Advocate (10+), The Boston Globe (10+), The Beacon Villager (6-10), The Improper Bostonian (1-2), Sampan (1-2), The Winthrop Transcript (1-2), USGBC+ (trade publication of the US Green Building Council (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Gilmartin Darling Group (upscale home builder) (10+), Assabet Village Food Cooperative (10+), Fine Arts Theatre Place (cinema) (3-5), Fifty Water Restaurant & Bar (1-2), GMT Home Designs (green home builder) (1-2)

Other Work History

Assabet Village Co-op Market - Director of Outreach & Communications The Boston Globe - Correspondent The Jewish Advocate - Editor/Reporter MetroWest Daily News (Mass.) - Correspondent

Technical Skills

Social Media Strategy Basic Web design (Wordpress)

Foreign Language Skills

Spanish - basic

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Prezi, Wordpress

Equipment

Video - Panasonic Full HD HC-V550 Digital Camera - Nikon 16mpx Macbook Pro

Awards

Paul E. Hirshon Byline Award for Journalistic Ethics (Northeastern University) New England Press Association 2007 Scholarship Northeastern University Merit-Based Journalism Scholarship

Work Samples

Hard News Writing

Front page business piece about residential solar power purchase agreements, which industry sales reps are pedaling throughout Greater Boston.
A 160-year-old mill in Metro West gets an $18M overhaul, creating a cultural destination "unlike anything else in Greater Boston."
Firewood prices in Massachusetts are up as supplies dwindle, the result of increased demand from the wood pellet industry.
Congress votes to recognize the Ottoman Empire's Armenian massacre as genocide. Jewish leaders express concern about about the impact on relations between Israel and Turkey, a key Arab ally in the region.
The Metro West Boston suburb of Maynard is primed for an economic boom, a recent study reports.

Feature News Writing

Homebuyers are eying Maynard as one of the last affordable communities in Metro West Boston. Now, developers are investing more than $80M in the small mill town.
The 30-year-old story behind AquAdvantage Salmon, the first and only FDA-approved, genetically modified meat in the US.
Bill Shea has buried more than 10,000 people in Massachusetts's historic Mt. Auburn Cemetery. A practicing Buddhist, the 63-year-old gravedigger has learned much from his time among the dead.
Main Street Partners brings young volunteers from Boston's elite consulting firms to struggling main street businesses.
A front-page food story reviewing 10 restaurants along the popular Minuteman Bikeway in Massachusetts.
Local collector Larry McGlynn is at the forefront of a surging national market for NASA gear that traveled on the first manned missions to space.
Ron Kay has been quietly tapping Metro West Boston's maple trees for 30 years. He now has more than 500 taps and is producing small-batch syrup to rival Vermont's.
Residents of Maynard, Mass., are planning Metro West Boston's first food cooperative. The store will be owned by the community and will source its food from more than a dozen local farms.
Dr. Thomas Graboys, a renowned cardiologist in Boston, pens a memoir of his struggle with early-onset dementia and Parkinson's Disease.
Metro West Boston has its own mad hatter, and her far-out designs are selling from Oregon to Australia.
A small frame shop west of Boston is framing works by the masters and bucking trends in a declining industry.
A human interest profile of Dr. Stanley Sagov, a South African physician/musician who used jazz to overcome physical and social challenges during apartheid.
In the shadow of Mount Washington, in the bowels of the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel, is The Cave, a Prohibition-era speakeasy walled with granite and stone. Despite the posh hotel upstairs, this is not a trendy bar masquerading as an outlaws' hangout. This was an illegal establishment.
Photographer Kevin Briggs's exhibit is "Stereotypes: A Conscious Look at Race, Faith, Gender, and Sexual Orientation." It features portraits of stereotyped individuals and couples with uncensored epithets projected across their bodies, and it's starting a conversation in Greater Boston.
Ken's Steakhouse, birthplace of Ken's famous dressings, attempts to resurrect its storied past and attract a younger generation with a $4M overhaul.
For three days each year, the Central Mass. Longboard Festival transforms bucolic Harvard, Mass., into a microcity for alternative sports.