Address: 715 Springview Dr. Orlando, Fl 32803 Phone: (336) 707-4012
Twitter: @jbreddick

Organized communications professional with background in travel, media, social media, international affairs, security issues, foreign policy, environmental issues, news and current events, paired with 20 years of experience in writing, editing and leading teams in a deadline environment in both traditional and multimedia platforms. Self-motivated, collaborative thinker, respected by peers and supervisors as an effective mentor and manager with an enthusiasm for seeing people grow in the workplace.


AAA National. Heathrow, Fl. December 2013 to present
Associate Editor.
• Social Media coordinator for Content and Product Development Publishing Team, growing followers for AAA's national @aaa_travel Twitter account 16 percent in a year. Works with team of nearly 50 inspectors and 20 editors and photographers to offer original differentiated content for AAA's 55 million members.
• Leads team to enhance content for theme parks
• Coordinates, assigns and organizes new Scenic Byways content
• Editor for six TourBooks and other consumer facing products for print and digital forms
• Writer for Digital Magazine, mobile/online content and other destination-driven content
• Writer for Digital Magazine, mobile/online content and other destination-driven content
• Tapped as member of team to look at Strategic Landscape

Intelliguide Corporate. (A Northstar Travel Media product. Northstar is based in Secaucus, N.J.)
Managing Editor. July 2011 to December 2013
• Lead an international team on a 24/7 subscription service for business travelers
• Supervised the writing and researching of Risk Assessments in a database of 260 countries
• Lead the charge into news gathering by social media sources
• Prepared and maintained editorial calendar for daily and long-term projects
• Cut personnel costs by $20,000 in first year on the job after finding irregularities in staffing
• Served international clients needing security/travel info including Amex Travel and BCD
• Managed $600,000 budget and hiring process for department and ensure quality control
• Worked with developers on redesign and launch of product line and training of employees on new CMS

News & Record newspaper. Greensboro, N.C. October 1998 to July 2011
National/World wire editor. February 2007 to July 2011
• Read, analyze and curate stories about politics, travel, health and breaking news on deadline
• Cooperated with designers, photographers and editors to coordinate coverage and display
• Adapted quickly to change and work calmly in a stressful environment

Travel editor/blogger. March 2010 to July 2011
• Launched Scenic Route blog, writing original content
• Offered consumer-focused news and insider information about nearby travel destinations
• Launched companion print product in August 2010 and cross-marketed products

Discover the Triad Editor. August 2009, 2008 and 2003
• Annual regional magazine is largest revenue-generator for the newspaper – nearly $100,000
• Coordinated, planned, assigned, edited and proofed the book, collaborated with advertising

Assignment editor/Assistant city editor. February 2005 to February 2007
• Supervised reporters, assigned breaking news stories
• Coordinated coverage among reporters, photographers and designers for the newsroom
• Communicated news coverage plans with other editors

Assistant bureau editor. October 2003 to February 2005
• Supervised reporters and photographers; Measured performance goals, assigned stories

Night city editor. March 2001 to October 2003
• Coordinated zoning of four nightly editions; Supervised night and weekend staff

Copy editor. January 2000 to February 2001
• Designed pages
• Wrote accurate, engaging headlines for both news and feature stories
• Fact-checked copy using mastered knowledge of AP style

Night cops reporter. October 1998 to January 2000
• Covered crime, courts and breaking news as well as general assignment stories

Pace Communications, Inc. Greensboro, N.C.
• Freelance editing, US Airways magazine July 2006 and February 2007
• Fact-checking and copy-editing of CityGuides.

Carroll County Times. Westminster, Md. October 1996 to October 1998
State government/environmental reporter.

The Gazette. Galax, Va. January 1996 to October 1996
General assignment reporter.

• Sought additional GIS, html and photoshop training while at AAA.
• Completed “The Moral Leader” training, a class in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership and UNCG
• Member of Overseas Security Advisory Council and attended the 2011 and 2012 briefings
• Reported and wrote stories for the Walt Disney World’s 100 Years of Magic celebration in Florida and Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary for News & Record travel pages
• Winner of several company-wide leadership awards for outstanding performance in 2008 and 2010
• Served on a team to redesign the Sunday News and Record, using readership data
• Graduated from Fort Lauderdale, Fl.-based Poynter Institute’s Leadership for Mid-Level Editors
• Recruitment team member, trained in targeted selection hiring process
• Computer skills: Adobe Dreamweaver/Photoshop (CS4), Adobe InDesign, Adobe InCopy, Quark XPress, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, social networking applications

Completion Certificate in Maps and Geospatial Revolution
Penn State University via Coursera. June 2014

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Greensboro, N.C. December 2010

Post-baccalaureate certificate in global studies
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Greensboro, N.C. August 2009

Bachelor of Arts in mass communication; Minor in psychology
Winthrop University. Rock Hill, S.C. December 1995

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