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Full name

Lyndsey Nielsen

Title

Journalist & Graphic Designer

Location

Des Moines, IA

Blurb

I am a creative professional skilled in headline writing, copy editing, video editing, illustration and publication and graphic design.

Experience

Team Leader/Senior Graphic Designer

Gannett

Des Moines, IA · November 2011 – Present

• Art direct, design and copy edit digital and print media.
• Develop social media campaigns, creating information graphics, videos and advertisements. Write copy that sells the project.
• Direct a team of 12 designers and copy editors that produces daily and monthly publications, including the Des Moines Register.
• Cultivate relationships with the team and its clients to produce compelling products in eight markets.

Contract Designer

Indiana State University

· June 2016 – February 2017

• Freelanced for the publications department. Conceptualized, edited and designed the university’s 150th anniversary magazine.

Design Director

Enterprise Publishing

Blair, NE · October 2014 – December 2014

• Formulated and incorporated plans for a design studio, which now serves the company’s 12 weekly publications.
• Instituted a design standards style guide. Developed templates, stylesheets and shape libraries in InDesign.
• Launched a redesign of the company’s primary publications.

Graphic Designer

17 South Design & Print/Great South Publications

Savannah, GA · October 2010 – October 2011

• Designed client-driven products such as menus, business cards and brochures.
• Served as editor and lead designer for Southridge/Berwick Community Magazine.

Page Designer and Editor

Savannah Morning News

Savannah, GA · June 2010 – October 2011

• Designed graphics, news, business, sports and special sections.
• Art directed several special section covers.

Designer, Editor, Reporter

Columbia Missourian & VOX Magazine

Columbia, MO · January 2008 – May 2010

• Instructed and managed copy editors and designers in AP style and grammar.
• Designed 1A, news, features, special sections and advertisements.
• Wrote and edited articles and videos.

Education

Bachelor of Journalism

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO ·

I earned a cum laude Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in magazine design. I also earned a minor in Spanish.

Awards
2018 Information graphic , Missouri Press Association
2017 Information graphic , Associated Press Media Editors
2015 Use of computer graphics , Nebraska Press Association
2015 Alternative story format , Best of Gannett Awards
2014 Alternative story format , Gannett Quarterly Awards
2011 Photo illustration , Georgia Press Association
Skills

Adobe Creative Suite, graphic design, HTML, CCI NewsGate, management, art direction, project management, telecommunication, Microsoft Office, video editing, social media marketing, client services