Resume

Courtney Holden

(970) 819-8827     Boulder, Colo.     CHolden13@Gmail.com     www.CourtneyHolden.wordpress.com

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Experience

FREELANCE WRITER, DAILY CAMERA
Boulder, Colorado: January 2011-present
● Described lengths to which festival host Planet Bluegrass has made its RockyGrass Festival a sustainable event
● Pitched and wrote story about new barefoot running trends in the Boulder area, speaking with participants and shoe specialists
● Reported on 40th anniversary of Boulder-based card company Blue Mountain Arts

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, PEAKS MAGAZINE, SNEWS, SIA DAILY
Boulder, Colorado: May 2010-present
● Attended SnowSports Industries America Show and reported on Alliance Eyewear’s new goggle product and more
● Composed articles about the niche ski-making industry, interviewing more than 10 businesses that focus more on sport than profit
● Wrote 1,400-word feature article about training, handling and working with Search and Rescue avalanche dogs

FREELANCE WRITER, LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD and RH WEEKLY
Loveland, Colorado: September 2010-present
● Attended and wrote about Loveland’s annual Sweetheart Balloon Rally, describing the art and adventure of ballooning
● Reported on the creation of a new Android app that allows visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park better enjoy their trip

MARKET RESEARCH ASSISTANT, CLK CONSULTING
Boulder, Colorado: November 2011-present
● Called potential subjects to gauge interest in outdoor sports and gear for a research project with an outdoor apparel client
● Edited video of moderator’s discussion with subjects for clips pertaining to reasons for loving the outdoors

ASSISTANT EDITOR, CU JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM
Boulder, Colorado: September 2011-present
● Interviewed 12 JMC alumni from across the U.S. and wrote feature-length website article about their career paths
● Described JMC program’s multimedia proficiency and teaching practices in feature-length website article
● Updated JMC website by adding news events, rearranging past entries and restructuring career website database

EDITOR, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO CAREER SERVICES
Boulder, Colorado: October 2009-December 2011
● Formatted creation of CS newsletter, “The Future 411,” which is sent out to graduate students across the CU campus
● Spoke with current graduate students and alumni about trials and successes in the job market and prepared written interviews

BLOGGER, NATIONAL PARKS INTERACTIVE
Boulder, Colorado: August 2011-December 2011
● Composed three to five blog posts per week—often including photos—on topics ranging from safe hiking tips and Rocky Mountain National Park event updates to recounting my own backcountry experiences and suggesting active parenting tips 

INTERN, BACKPACKER MAGAZINE
Boulder, Colorado: May 2011-August 2011
● Described an Arizona trail for Rip and Go section, including directions for three-day trip, historic background and menu
● Conducted in-depth fact checks of feature articles about walking properly and hiking the Appalachian Trail

INTERN, I NEWS NETWORK
Denver, Colorado:
 May 2011-August 2011
● Analyzed OSHA records about employee safety within specially certified companies for an investigative news article
● Interviewed numerous homeschool and on-line school teachers, students and principals for comparison of CSAP scores

TEACHING ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
Boulder, Colorado: January 2010-May 2011
● Instructed sophomore and junior undergraduates about the basic tenets of good journalism and guide them through an assortment of projects, including a book review, an ethical analysis and an investigative article

STAFF WRITER, AMERICAN COWBOY MAGAZINE
Boulder, Colorado: September 2009-September 2010
● Interviewed jazz legend Dave Brubeck and wrote a question and answer piece about his life growing up on a ranch in California
● Questioned spokeswoman for country music hits Brookes and Dun and wrote an article about their decision to “ride into the sunset”                

PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR, EDUCATE!
Boulder, Colorado: May 2010-September 2010
● Drafted press releases about Hike for Uganda, a community fundraising event, and spoke with magazine and newspaper media outlets
● Updated social media sources like Twitter, Facebook and Squarespace blog daily with updates about Educate! and related topics

Education

University of Colorado, Master’s of Arts; School of Journalism and Mass Communication Present
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts; Major: English, Minors: Business, French May 2007
Institute for the International Education of Students, Nantes, France Spring 2006

Honors and Distinctions

Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communications
Illinois College Press Associate Award winner
Dean’s List for four years at Illinois Wesleyan University
Graduated Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University

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