Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Rob Lawson
322 S. Minnesota Ave.
Saint Peter, MN 56082
(612) 460-5851

Objective: Seeking employment in a dynamic organization that will make use of my skills in digital, print, web, mobile, social, multimedia and editorial skills in journalism, marketing and development.

Education: Minnesota State University, Mankato – B.S. Mass Communications, Journalism and Website Media emphasis. Also studied broadcasting at Lake Superior College.

Special Skills/Experience: 3 years manufacturing experience as machine operator. 12 years culinary experience. 15 years experience in media production. 9 years of IT experience.

Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Media Production industry
April 2011 – Present St. Peter, Minnesota
Journalism, Photography, Web Design, Graphic Design, Print and Digital Publishing, Promotion and Marketing.

Contract Web Content Developer
Large Corporation, Multinational, 50,000+ employees; Information and media industry
March 2015 – April 2015 Eagan, Minnesota
Tasked with updating a myriad of products and services in the IP & Science division, including writing content and tags for the launch of a centralized platform and its individual content pages and categories.

Best Buy Corp.
Large Corporation; 10,000+ employees; Retail Electronics Industry
August 2014 – November 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Create sales and creative copy for website. Create and maintain style guides, buyer guides and other documents for use with the Best Buy brand.

Blog Writer
Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
February 2014 – Present Telecommute
Provide ghostwriting for United Way's blog content worldwide and in the United States
via SkyWord.

Writer, Contributor
IBM Midsize Insider

September 2013 – July 2014 Telecommute
Write technology articles for IBM Midsize Insider via SkyWord.

Writer, Contributor
Western Digital

September 2013 – June 2014 Telecommute
Write creative articles for media technology users via SkyWord.

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Newspapers industry
January 2014 – August 2014
Write U.S. news articles for this Las Vegas based publication.


November 2013 – Present
Contribute education articles to their website.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Online Media industry
January 2014 – April 2014
Write trending news topics at NHQ.

Popular Mechanics

August 2013 – May 2014 Telecommute
Write for the technology and DIY sections of Popular Mechanics via SkyWord.

Quality Assurance Editor
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Market Research industry
June 2013 – December 2013 Telecommute
Edit transcribed market research documents for clarity, spelling, punctuation, style, inaudibles and mishears, other corrections as needed. Last line of production.

Film/Video Production Assistant
City of St. Peter

December 2011 – Present St. Peter, MN
Record, mix and edit video and audio for the St. Peter City Council and School Board for St. Peter Public Access television. Other projects and tasks as assigned.

Online Newspaper Editor and Administrator
Mankato Gazette, Owatonna Chronicle and Downtown Rochester News on Zoom Village

November 2011 – Present Mankato, St. Peter, Waseca, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Austin, Rochester
Editor of newspaper websites and local tourism guides for the citis of Mankato, Owatonna and Rochester, Minnesota.

Writer and Contributor
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WDC; Computer Hardware industry
September 2013 – December 2013
Write articles for a creative professional audience.

Marketing and Event Director
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry
December 2012 – December 2013 Mankato, MN 56001
Manage, plan and execute special events, corporate events, weddings and other activities at a spacious and elegant event venue in the heart of City Center Mankato.

Canvas Sales Lead
Your Home Improvement Company

January 2012 – June 2012 Mankato, MN
Canvas neighborhoods to secure leads and appointments for free estimates on home remodeling and repair jobs.

News Editor
Maple River Messenger, Prairie Publishing

August 2010 – September 2011 Mapleton, Minnesota
Write stories, news and sports photography, design and pagination, deliver to newsstands, assign stories to writers, copy edit.

Writer and photographer
AOL, City's Best

August 2010 – September 2010
Mostly database work, I provide information for a city guide to Minneapolis. I interview the vendors for a listing, shoot a series of photos for each listing and submit them for approval.

Staff Writer
Stillwater Gazette

September 2009 – January 2010
Wrote mostly feature and human interest stories part time, and also took photographs and copy edited.

Minneapolis News Examiner
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Newspapers industry
September 2008 – December 2009
I post news articles and columns about Minneapolis and the Twin Cities.

Jay Newman

July 2009 – August 2009
Proofread and copy edit depositions and other documents written by court reporters across the country

Staff Writer, Photographer
Roswell Daily Record

September 2008 – May 2009
I write stories and take photos for the Daily Record. I cover local news, law enforcement and border issues.

Mill City Scene

2008 – 2009
Wrote articles about the hip hop culture in the twin cities for a startup online magazine.

Contract Freelancer for Southwest Scoreboard
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Services industry
September 2008 – December 2008
I post sports and recreation events and destinations to website and database

Staff Writer
El Haraldo

August 2008 – October 2008
I write useful articles, mostly international affairs and politics, for a Spanish/English language newspaper in the Twin Cities. I helped start up this newspaper and initially assisted with writing, editing, design and layout.

Editorial/Reporter/Multimedia Intern
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Services industry
May 2008 – August 2008
Copy editing, formatting, reporting, reviewing, interviewing, writing, blogging, video editing, html coding, web journalism, magazine writing, newspaper reporting, video recording, audio recording, photography.

Newsletter Web Editor
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry
November 2007 – May 2008
Edit, proofread and format articles for twice-monthly faculty/student electronic newsletter.
Arrange articles in order of importance or newsworthiness, and follow consistent style and format.
Insert/edit graphics and photos.
Shoot photos if necessary.

News Writer
MSU Reporter

January 2007 – May 2008
Report and edit newsworthy articles for university audience.
Research and interview sources.
Meet deadlines.
Attend weekly news meetings.
Seek out information and leads.

Internet Specialist/Technical Support (
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; XRX; Information Technology and Services industry
August 2007 – December 2007

Assisted customers or other Northwest Airlines personnel with technical support issues on
Researched and troubleshooted issues with
Communicated policies and procedures to customers and staff.

Cover Letter

Hi. Thank you for the opportunity. My name is Rob Lawson and I am a full-time freelance journalist, designer, web developer and independent publisher, event director and media specialist with my own office and amenities, including high speed Internet, print shop and multimedia studio. I have vast experience, knowledge and education in writing, reporting, editing, management, sales, marketing, IT and media production. I am also a production assistant for a public access television station, as well as a publisher of a local arts and culture magazine and several websites, apps and social media pages. I am an IT project manager for website and app development. I also have extensive experience in eCommerce and have worked on websites like Best Buy and others. I also specialize in writing about technology, entertainment, news, business, science and society with a mind for SEO. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter, contributor to countless websites, magazines and newsletters and I hold a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in web journalism and minor in technical communication. I have included links to my portfolio and my profile on LinkedIn. Thanks for your consideration.

-Rob Lawson

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