In February 2014, I spoke to a journalism class at Baylor University. The general theme was “what I’ve learned over 18 years in various communications-related jobs, and things I wish I had known when I was your age.” The other general theme was “Justin feels old.”
But they seemed to enjoy my talk. Here’s one of the slides from my presentation. That last point continues to prove itself true.
…I’m a blogger. I was the ghost writer (which is just like a regular writer, but with fewer autograph requests) of a couple of blog posts while at Feed the Children, both of which took a strong stand on very important issues.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Sending America’s High Standards Around the World—”The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities won’t guarantee an easy road for the world’s one billion disabled people. But it will help organizations like Feed the Children fulfill our mission — for everyone.”
Join Us for a Day of Action—”Food bank demand has increased nearly 50% since 2006, and 34% of Americans now admit they have cut back on donations to churches and houses of worship. It’s a plain fact: federal programs play a crucial role in the fight against hunger.”
On a few occasions at Feed the Children, I did a little graphic design. In January 2014, I collaborated with my boss, Joy Bennett, on a blog post titled Ten Simple Ways To Help Children in 2014. I did the graphics for each of the ten, which were used together in the blog post and separately in a social media campaign.
During my time with the State Comptroller of Texas, I mostly did a lot of precise technical writing about fiscal management policies and procedures. But I was also allowed to go crazy and write some features, like this profile of a department and its manager. It ran in the quarterly newsletter.
Expenditure Assistance integrates technology, human touch
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
It’s a common technique — begin a story with an old saying, then deftly weave it into the topic at hand.
But how do you do that when you’re not entirely sure what the quote means? How can something change and stay the same?
And how many rhetorical questions can one article ask?
Perhaps we can find answers in Expenditure Assistance, a section of Fiscal Communications that has seen its share of change while adhering steadily to solid standards of excellence. Continue reading →
During my time at Maxor Pharmacy Services Corp., I manned the IT help desk, set up new computers, and crawled around under desks to install new printers. I also wrote business proposals, designed marketing materials, and redesigned their website, hooking up a refreshed front end with all their behind-the-scenes data.
This is a website I designed way back in 2004 for my former newspaper boss, Garet von Netzer. It’s not the fanciest website by 2014 standards, but I still update it for him and it still brings hunters to his ranch from all over the United States. Ain’t broke; won’t fix.