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Michael Hess

234 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (440) 867-4768 hess.michael.a@gmail.com PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Washington, D.C. outreach intern June 2009 to present Utilizing social media to reach target audiences in promoting under-reported issues. Web site maintenance: Building project pages using a content management system. Athens, Ohio Ohio University Office of Research Communication editorial intern January to June 2009 Researched and wrote science press releases and stories. Gathered information for news pitches to local media outlets. Coached professors in starting research-related blogs. Counseled special assistant to VP regarding future social media and blogging campaigns. Southeast Ohio magazine Athens, Ohio January to June 2009 redesign coordinator / web content manager Updated content, photographs for online component of quarterly, student-run magazine. Designed site to mirror magazine brand. Added comment boxes and subscription page. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE Honorable discharge at enlisted rank, Senior Airman (E-4)

3NO51, Public Affairs Specialist October 2003 to October 2007

447th Security Forces Squadron unit public affairs representative / security escort

Baghdad International Airport, Iraq May to September 2007

355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office media relations specialist / web content manager

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona November 2006 to October 2007

Gathered information from junior enlisted and relayed it to base and Multi-National Forces Iraq Headquarters public affairs. Protected personnel from intelligence gathering activity and attacks.

Developed story pitches and strengthened relationships with key media outlets to advance public relations objectives in routine and crisis communications. Coordinated and managed press and base tours. Coached spokespeople. Produced print and web content for internal audiences including news stories, photographs, and video. Built, promoted, and managed base Web site using content management system.

• Lauded by federal, local agencies at nuclear incident exercise for public affairs excellence. • Executed simultaneous media plans for two network morning shows at 2007 Tucson Air Show.

Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Jet 48, editor (2006) / assistant editor (2005) / staff writer (2004) April 2004 to November 2006 Supervised three-person staff including one intern in producing a weekly 20-page news magazine. Designed and edited more than 600 pages. Managed and edited internally and externally produced submissions for grammar and AP style. Rebranded magazine through complete redesign. Coordinated with base leadership to design and produce ten special inserts highlighting timely issues. Conducted base tours. • Thirty stories disseminated to worldwide audience through Air Force and DoD news services. • Voted best Air Force magazine in Europe after branding change and redesign. • Liaised with 20 media outlets at Farnborough Air Show resulting in positive coverage. www.michaelahess.com


ACTIVITIES RAF Lakenheath, UK Alcohol Task Force April 2005 to November 2006 Advertising Campaign Manager Developed and executed an 18-month, four-phase responsible drinking campaign. Conducted focus groups. As of 2008, the brand is still implemented on RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall. RAF Lakenheath, UK Airman Committed to Excellence May 2004 to November 2006 Public Relations Chairman (2005) / President (2006) Recruited junior enlisted for on- and off-base volunteer activities. Liaised with base leadership for morale- and welfare-related issues. Founded and chaired Wing Dormitory Council as an avenue to directly contact base leadership. AWARDS AND HONORS

2005 U.S. Air Forces in Europe Media Contest 1st place - Graphic in a publication 1st place - Online publication 2nd place - Outstanding new writer 2nd place - Magazine-format newspaper 2nd place - Photojournalism

2005 Air Force Media Contest 1st place - Graphic in a publication 2005 Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards 1st place - Graphic in a publication 2006 U.S. Air Forces in Europe Media Contest 1st place - Best news magazine

2002 Gold Medal of Achievement - Royal Ranger equivalent to Eagle Scout (Recipient #4089) EDUCATION AND TRAINING Bachelors of Journalism Science in Online Journalism Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Graduated cum laude in June 2009 Major GPA: 3.7 Minor: Linguistics

Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course December 2003 to April 2004 Defense Information School, Fort George Meade, MD GPA: 3.5 Two-month, 450 class-hour Department of Defense course that prepares students to write basic news and feature writing, press release, and strategic crisis communication. Mentor High School, Mentor, Ohio

Graduated May 2003

TECHNICAL STRENGTHS Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access Quark Express

HTML and CSS languages Video editing with FinalCut Pro and iMovie Digital photography – Nikon or Canon

HOBBIES Marathon running, reading, design, Web design, and as much travel as I can afford. I’ve traveled to more than 40 countries in four separate backpacking trips. The last three trips to Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, respectively, I went solo.

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