Jessica Cabe

815-713-8909
jessicacabe@gmail.com
www.jessicacabe.com

EMPLOYMENT
PR and Communications Manager, Chicago Loop Alliance  |  Chicago, Illinois  |  February 2018 to present

  • Manage press and media functions, including media enquiries, writing and distributing PR-related materials and arranging media interviews
  • Monitor media coverage and maintain a media contact database
  • Create, write, edit and distribute a monthly corporate newsletter and other mass email communication using Constant Contact
  • Provide content and support on the production of publications and materials

Reporter/Producer, DNAinfo Chicago  |  Chicago, Illinois  |  September to November 2017

  • Wrote daily articles about the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago for the award-winning neighborhood news site before it abruptly folded on Nov. 2, 2017
  • Focused on hyper-local happenings, like business openings and closures, crime, construction and human interest stories
  • Took photos and video to enhance written articles
  • Submitted stories, multimedia and metadata using CMS (Drupal)

PR and Publications Associate, Aspen Music Festival and School  |  Aspen, Colorado  |  October 2016 to August 2017

  • Planned and executed all local, statewide, national and international PR for world-renowned classical music festival, including pitching stories, writing press releases and maintaining relationships with members of the press
  • Wrote copy for marketing materials, including ads, posters, flyers, etc., as well as journalistic pieces for in-house publications
  • Designed marketing materials like ads, postcards, signs, etc. in Adobe InDesign


Columnist and Copy Editor, Glenwood Springs Post Independent  |  Glenwood Springs, Colorado  |  February 2016 to August 2017

  • Wrote monthly opinion column, often focusing on feminism and other social issues
  • Laid out newspaper on a part-time basis using Adobe InCopy and InDesign
  • Managed online articles using WordPress


Founder and Executive Director, Nomad, Limited  |  Glenwood Springs, Colorado  |  January to October 2016

  • Founded pop-up contemporary art gallery as LLC
  • Planned a short-term art exhibit in an unoccupied retail space with the hopes of adding vibrancy to local art community
  • Handled all administrative duties necessary in running a small business, including marketing, bookkeeping, securing licenses and permits, hiring staff, etc.


Marketing and Publications Associate, Aspen Music Festival and School  |  Aspen, Colorado  |  November 2015 to October 2016

  • Managed website for world-renowned classical music festival and school using CMS Expression Engine
  • Wrote copy for all marketing materials, including ads, posters, flyers, etc., as well as journalistic pieces for in-house publications
  • Designed marketing materials like ads, postcards, signs, etc. in Adobe InDesign


Journalism teacher, Basalt High School  |  Basalt, Colorado  |  August to December 2015

  • Taught high school journalism class, focusing on story structure, law and ethics, interviewing techniques, ad sales, layout in Adobe InDesign and more
  • Guided students in creating monthly student newspaper, The Basalt Longhorn Roundup
  • Created first website for the student newspaper using Wordpress and trained students on content management systems  


Arts and Entertainment Editor, Glenwood Springs Post Independent  |  Glenwood Springs, Colorado  |  September 2014 to November 2015

  • Planned and wrote articles for the weekly arts and entertainment section at a local daily newspaper in what Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research found to be the most vibrant arts town of all American cities in its size category
  • Designed arts and entertainment section each week using Adobe InDesign
  • Handled web posting, social media, photos and video as necessary


Freelance Reporter, Winnebago County News Bulletin  |  Rockford, Illinois  |  January to May 2014

  • Pitched feature story ideas relevant to Rockford and Winnebago County readers
  • Conducted research and interviews with relevant members of the community
  • Wrote 450- to 500-word article for each weekly issue of the newspaper


BOARDS
Board Member, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts  |  Glenwood Springs, Colorado  |  January 2017 to present

  • Attend monthly board meetings, participating in planning and supporting the executive director
  • Volunteer for various events, including art gallery openings, a summer music festival, dance competitions and other special events


Board President, Carbondale Arts  |  Carbondale, Colorado  |  December 2016 to present

  • Create agendas for and lead monthly board meetings, participating in big-picture planning for the organization
  • Lead the board through a transition to the Policy Governance model, creating brand new policies that will make the board as effective and efficient as possible
  • Volunteer for various events, including art gallery openings, fairs and special events


Board Member, Carbondale Arts  |  Carbondale, Colorado  |  April to December 2016

  • Attended monthly board meetings, participating in the planning and implementation of programming
  • Volunteered for various events, including art gallery openings, fairs and special events
  • Held a leadership role in seating the Carbondale Creative District Governance Council, the group under the Carbondale Arts umbrella which will create the strategic plan for the Carbondale Creative District


INTERNSHIPS
Publications Intern, Aspen Music Festival and School  |  Aspen, Colorado  |  June to August 2014

  • Interviewed participants in the Aspen Music Festival and School, including musicians, conductors and other persons involved
  • Produced weekly four-page insert about the festival for the Aspen Times using Adobe InDesign


Festival Reporter, Charleston Post and Courier  |  Charleston, South Carolina  |  May to June 2014

  • Wrote advancers, reviews and Q&As and created multimedia projects to cover Spoleto Festival USA, an international arts festival, for Charleston’s daily newspaper
  • Attended daily meetings with newspaper features staff to plan Spoleto coverage and pitch stories


Reporter, Relix magazine and JamBands.com  |  New York, New York  |  January to May 2014

  • Transcribed and conducted interviews with musicians and other members of the music industry
  • Converted press releases into news briefs to be posted on JamBands.com, Relix magazine’s sister site
  • Answered phones and performed other office duties


Reporter, The Syracuse New-Times  |  Syracuse, New York  |  August to December 2013

  • Pitched ideas for weekly alternative news source in Syracuse, New York
  • Focused on covering local music or entertainment events, like concert coverage or feature stories on musicians.


News Intern, WNIJ Northern Public Radio  |  DeKalb, Illinois  |  January to May 2013

  • Produced news content to be broadcast on the air and posted on the website
  • Wrote two versions of each news story (radio and online) to cover multiple angles and provide more information for listeners and readers
  • Pre-recorded audio for radio news broadcast, including field audio and telephone interviews


Publicity Intern, Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance  |  DeKalb, Illinois  |  August to December 2012

  • Collaborated with theater students on writing news releases for School of Theatre and Dance productions as part of their House Management and Publicity course
  • Contributed interviews and background information for productions
  • Generated content for and designed monthly School of Theatre and Dance newsletters using Microsoft Publisher to keep staff, students and alumni updated on the school’s happenings


Events Intern, Market Street Press  |  Rockford, Illinois  |  May to December 2012

  • Compiled hard copy promotional information from area businesses and organizations to be included in the monthly newspaper’s calendar of events
  • Researched events in Winnebago, DeKalb and Boone counties to keep information on the calendar up-to-date every month


STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
Music Critic, Daily Orange  |  Syracuse, New York  |  January to May 2014

  • Wrote weekly 700- to 750-word column reviewing a new album for Syracuse University’s award-winning daily student newspaper
  • Researched musicians each week to write more meaningful and insightful criticisms and observations about the music


Advertising and Public Relations Law Instructional Associate, Syracuse University  |  Syracuse, New York  |  January to May 2014

  • Attended each advertising and public relations law course to assist in class and keep notes to help students as needed
  • Held weekly office hours to assist students with tests, quizzes or projects


Entertainment Lead Producer, The NewsHouse  |  Syracuse, New York  |  August 2013 May 2014

  • Worked with student journalists in the entertainment section for TheNewsHouse.com, an award-winning online news outlet, to produce print, video and audio content
  • Communicated with other lead producers to ensure media packages were as comprehensive as possible, with all stories including a photo and some including a video or audio aspect.
  • Reported on arts and entertainment events at Syracuse University and in the city as a whole
  • Posted content to the web using CMS Drupal


Copy Editor, Daily Orange  |  Syracuse, New York  |  August to December 2013

  • Fact checked and line edited feature articles for grammar and AP style at Syracuse University’s award-winning daily student newspaper
  • Wrote headlines and front page teases for feature articles
  • Wrote traditional pieces and compiled listicles relevant to student readers


Journalism Law Instructional Associate, Syracuse University  |  Syracuse, New York  |  August to December 2013

  • Wrote and graded short answer portions of midterm and final for this journalism law course
  • Held weekly office hours to help students with tests or projects


Videographer, Northern Star  |  DeKalb, Illinois  |  January to May 2013

  • Generated at least one multimedia story idea per week, usually focusing on events on campus
  • Shot video and recorded audio to be posted on the student-run newspaper’s website
  • Edited video using FinalCut Pro and iMovie
  • Produced weekly music vlog and interacted with viewers virtually


Copy Editor, Northern Star  |  DeKalb, Illinois  |  January to May 2013

  • Designed news pages two nights per week using Adobe InDesign
  • Used Adobe Photoshop to edit photos for print and web, following ethical standards
  • Wrote headlines and decided on hierarchy of articles on page


Scene Editor, Northern Star  |  DeKalb, Illinois  |  June to December 2012

  • Assigned arts and entertainment stories to staff of 10 to ensure campus and city events as well as national and international stories were covered
  • Edited stories by fact-checking, following AP style and establishing high standards for overall writing style
  • Designed pages in Adobe InDesign


Staff Writer, The Northern Star  |  DeKalb, Illinois  |  September 2011 to May 2012

  • Pitched stories covering campus and city arts and entertainment news as well as national and international news
  • Conducted interviews with authority figures, students and community members as well as artists, musicians, authors and filmmakers
  • Wrote one to three stories per week, including columns, features, breaking news and event coverage


SKILLS
Computer: Mac and PC operating systems; Mirosoft Word, Publisher, Powerpoint and Excel; Pages, Keynote and Numbers; Adobe Photoshop and InDesign; FinalCut Pro, Avid, iMovie, Pro Tools and GarageBand
Media: DSLR and compact cameras; camcorders, consumer, prosumer and professional video cameras; photo, video and audio editing; social media; basic web design using HTML, CSS and JavaScript; website management using multiple content management systems such as Drupal and Expression Engine; verbal and visual storytelling; AP style and knack for various other style guides
Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening, a passion for proper grammar and a winning sense of humor (ask anyone!).


EDUCATION
Master of Arts in Arts Journalism, May 2014
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, May 2013
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Minor: Communications


RELEVANT COURSEWORK
News Reporting
Information Gathering in a Digital Age
Arts Reporting
Editorial and Opinion Writing
Graphics of Communications
History of Journalism
Journalism Law and Regulation
News and Entertainment
Article Writing
Introduction to Field Production
Press Photography
Interactive Media Production
Introduction to Studio Production
Media Ethics
Features and Critical Writing
Cultural Issues
Web Journalism and Innovation
Designing Interactivity


HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership, May 2016
  • Goldring Merit Tuition Scholarship, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, April 2013
  • Intern of the Month, Northern Illinois University, April 2013
  • Northern Illinois University Student Journalist of the Year, Department of Communication, April 2012
  • Inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, Department of Communication, April 2012
  • Dean’s List, Northern Illinois University, Fall 2011 through Spring 2013