Lyndsey Nielsen

Journalist & Graphic Designer Des Moines, IA

I am an easy-going visual journalist interested in design, journalism, travel and pop culture. I am available for freelance work.

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Experience

Contract Designer

Indiana State University

I designed a graphical flip book that commemorated the university’s 150th year.

Design Director

Enterprise Publishing

I started groundwork for a family-owned design studio that would serve 12 weekly newspapers in Nebraska and Iowa.

Team Leader

Gannett

I initially designed a variety of news, business, sports and features pages for daily newspapers across the Midwest. I emphasized frequent communication with newsrooms, reporters and editors to create content-driven journalism design on a daily deadline.

Now, I lead a team of 14 designers and copy editors to produce eight daily newspapers across the country, including the Des Moines Register and Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. I coach younger designers while balancing the needs of more seasoned journalists.

Graphic Designer

Great South Publications

I designed advertisements, menus, handouts and logo packages for clients. I also helmed a redesign of a community magazine.

Page Designer and Editor

Savannah Morning News

I designed and copy edited graphics, news, business, sports, and special section pages. I also art directed special section covers.

Designer, Editor, Reporter

Columbia Missourian & VOX Magazine

I instructed and managed copy editors and designers in style and grammar. I designed 1A, news, features, special sections and advertisements. I also wrote and edited stories on education, arts, business and breaking news.

Education

University of Missouri

Bachelor of Journalism

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

Awards

2017

First-place 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