Melissa Studach
Writer. Editor. Creative Storyteller.
April 19, 2016


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Midwest Living

Editorial Assistant for Home + Garden | Aug. 2016-Present
Write Home + Garden content for online and print FOB. Watch trends and pitch story ideas to the home editor for print and online. Conduct research for FOB and features for print. Contribute to social media initiatives, including video and live streamings. Research and order products featured in the publication. Help organize Home + Garden photo shoots.

Editorial Assistant | Dec. 2014-Sept. 2015
Wrote online content and social media posts for the Home + Garden section. Wrote resource guides for featured homes. Fact-checked content for the Best of the Midwest edition and the bimonthly issues.

Inc. Magazine

ASME Intern | May 2016-Aug. 2016
Pitched and produced articles daily for online. Interviewed CEOs and wrote articles for digital’s ‘How I Did It’ section. Vetted companies for the Inc. 500, a list of the 500 fastest-growing companies of the year. Fact-checked print articles. Attended weekly informational sessions as a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) program, including meetings with The New Yorker, Hearst Digital Media and more.

Meredith Xcelerated Marketing
Editorial Apprentice | Sept. 2015-May 2016
Wrote headlines, deks, TOC and romance copy for feature stories for Kraft Foods’ Food & Family. Wrote, edited, and optimized copy for search on Wrote content and edited photography for the Kraft in the Kitchen blog. Brainstormed and pitched story ideas to digital and print editors. Communicated with Des Moines-, New York-, and Chicago-based team members.

Drake Magazine
Editor-in-Chief | May 2015-Aug. 2016
Led staff of the Pacemaker award-winning biannual student publication. Created and maintained production schedule, budget, style guide, and staff handbook. Managed communication among a staff of more than 45 writers, editors, designers, and photographers. Macro- and micro-edited every article in the print issue. Met with and coached writers through content creation.

Associate Editor | May 2014-May 2015
Oversaw nine writers in the Food and Fashion sections. Managed communication with writers and designers through one-on-one meetings and email. Wrote FOB content and sidebars for the print issue. Coordinated magazine distribution on campus and in the surrounding community.

Assistant Editor of Online | Aug. 2013-May 2014
Managed the brand’s social media accounts. Organized and wrote a multimedia feature. Researched keywords to optimize online content. Fact-checked online articles.
Founder | July 2014-Present
Follow trends in home design to create in-style content and project ideas. Create, style, and photograph DIY projects. Promote content on social media.

The State Journal Register
Contributor | Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012
Reported on student issues in the weekly, teen-authored section of Illinois’ oldest newspaper. Attended weekly writer workshops to sharpen writing and interviewing skills.

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