EXPERIENCE

EJC Publications, Ithaca, New York
Owner, May 2005 - Present
  • Freelance writer and editor of content for print or online publications
  • Develop content plans for new websites, help create, launch, and maintain websites
  • Design small publications from palm cards to small booklets

    Cornell University News Service, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    Staff Writer, April - May 2006
  • Wrote stories for daily publication for print and online editions while filling temporary vacancy

    Office of Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    Communication Specialist, October 2005 - April 2006
  • Wrote and edited stories as assigned for print and online publications of the College and the University including e-CALSconnect, Cornell Chronicle, and CALS News
  • Helped build, edit, and maintain web pages on the College's website

    Office of Marketing Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
    Web Writer/Editor, May 2002 - April 2005
  • Wrote and edited content for various websites on the Ithaca College server
  • Developed content plans for new websites; helped create, launch, and maintain those sites and others as assigned

    The Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, New York
    - Recipient of Associated Press "Newspaper of Distinction" Award for circulation class in New York state, 1998 and 2000
    Assistant Local Editor, May 2000 - May 2002
  • Edited local copy for daily editions under tight deadlines
  • Supervised day and night reporting staff, freelance columnists, assigning stories and story lengths
  • Helped decide placement of stories on front and secondary local pages
    Criminal Justice Reporter, August 1996 - May 2000
  • Covered the crime beat -- a combination of police, emergency, and court action throughout Tompkins County, as well as general assignment news
  • Named as runner-up in one and contributing reporter in three Gannett Well Done awards won by staff
  • Contributing writer in award from the Associated Press

    Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, Kansas
    Assistant Web Editor, January 1996 - August 1996
  • Marked up day's news content in HTML for publication on the World Wide Web and linked supplemental information
  • Assisted in development of new services for use on the Internet

    Life Span Institute, University of Kansas
    Research Assistant, August - December 1995
  • Interviewed and wrote profiles for Beating the Odds, a booklet about Kansas senior citizens with disabilities who live independently

    University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
    Assistant to the Editor, August 1993 - May 1994
  • Coordinated story budgets for ethnic heritage months
  • Created and chaired Kansan Advisory Board
  • Worked as wire editor, with reporters, and designed news pages as needed
    Copy Editor, January - May 1993
  • Edited copy and wrote headlines for daily stories
    Staff Reporter, August - December 1992
  • General assignment reporter covering various campus issues and feature assignments

    Reporting Internships
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona
    May - August 1995
  • Valley and State section general assignment reporter and covered police beat
    The Detroit News, Detroit, Michigan
    May - August 1994
  • General assignment reporter for Metro section
    The Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas
    December - January 1993-1994; May - August 1993; December, 1992 - January, 1993
  • Reported for Daybreak and Metro sections, writing police and general assignment articles
    Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa
    May - August 1992
  • Worked as general assignment reporter
  • Credited with expanding coverage of the local communities of color

    EDUCATION
    University of Kansas, December 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, Journalism
    Double-Major: News-Editorial and Magazine
  • Bachelor of Arts, African-American Studies

    MILITARY EXPERIENCE
    United States Navy and U.S. Naval Air Reserve
    Petty Officer 3rd Class; Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Handler, 1987 - 1995
  • Qualified Hangar Bay Director and Landing Signalman Enlisted for operations on the ship's hangar bay and flight deck, and landing strips at assigned naval bases
  • Coordinated division training programs and records
  • J.R.
    CLAIRBORNE

    Home/Work
    528 W. Clinton St.
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 272-4905
    jclairbo@twcny.rr.com

    COMPUTER SKILLS
    Proficient operating in PC and Macintosh environments. Familiar with various programs including Photoshop, Quark Xpress, CommonSpot (CMS), and those within the Microsoft Office Suite, and various Internet-based programs

    CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
  • City of Ithaca Common Council - 2nd Ward Alderman
  • Ithaca College Bigs - founding adviser
  • Tompkins County Public Information Advisory Board
  • Tompkins County Democratic Party - past chair, 2nd Ward Committee
  • CAN-DO - the Historic Southside Neighborhood Association
    Boards of Directors
    - Greater Ithaca Activities Center - past vice president
    - One-to-One Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca and Tompkins County - vice chair
    - The Village at Ithaca Initiative
    - United Way of Tompkins County

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • National Association of Black Journalists, 1993-2003
  • NAA New Media Fellow, 1996-1997
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors, 1996-1997

    TRAININGS
  • Community Leadership Conference, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., May 2003
  • Zenger-Miller Management Training, Sept.- Oct. 2000
  • Hartford National Writers' Workshop, April 1999
  • National Association of Black Journalists Convention, 1996-2003
  • Pew Center for Civic Journalism Conference, March 1998

    ACTIVITIES
  • University of Kansas Student Senate, Black PanHellenic Council Representative, 1995-1996
  • University Daily Kansan Board Member, 1995-1996
  • University of Kansas Educational Opportunity Fund Committee Member, 1995
  • Amanzaa - Spectrum of Students in Journalism, Founder and President, 1994-1995
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
    - Chi Pi chapter, Syracuse, New York, 2002-Present
    - Rho Eta chapter, University of Kansas,
    executive committee member, 1990-1996
  • Citizens' Police Academy, Lawrence, Kansas, 1993

  • REFERENCES

    Mr. Mead Loop
    Journalism Professor
    Roy H. Park School of Communications
    Ithaca College
    (607) 274-3047
    Ms. Marcia Fort
    Executive Director
    Greater Ithaca Activities Center
    (607) 272-3622
    Ms. Linda McCandless
    Director
    Office of Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Cornell University
    (607) 254-5137
    Mr. Brian Pappalardo
    Night Editor
    Elmira Star-Gazette
    (607) 271-8258