Having studied at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University while majoring in informational graphics and publication design, I learned early on the importance that good writing plays in good design.
Whether it's just a few words on an ad or a 10,000 word piece of journalism, if your work isn't communicating effectively, it really doesn't matter how good it looks, right?
It's this lesson that led me to my first professional writing experience at the Chronicle-Tribune, explaining concepts like how a archaeological dig works, how property taxes are calculated or how to carve a pumpkin as part of infographics I was creating.
Soon, inspired by the new wave of bloggers popping up in the early 2000s, I took things a step further, exploring my own interest in technology by writing a small weekly column called "Getting Digital" in the Chillicothe Gazette.
As my career as a designer and artists blossomed in the late 2000s, the newspaper industry began to shrink, and thus writing no longer became a luxury and more of a necessity. In order to combat a growing number of layoffs and a shrinking staff, I quickly learned to write and report my own stories, moving into a role that encompassed not only design, but also being a leader on the features staff at The Sun News.
That's when I got REALLY ambitious. After a few years of covering local entertainment and running the Kicks! weekend guide, I became a full-time writer — not to mention designer, photographer and webmaster — when I launched ListenUp Myrtle Beach in 2010.
During its three-year run I produced hundreds of articles and blogs and also became a full-time member of the staff at Waccamaw Publishers, where I added tourism to my beat, covering all things related to restaurants, attractions and entertainment in the Myrtle Beach area.
In the wake of ListenUp, a newfound interest in websites and marketing led me away from journalism and into the digital marketing industry as a content marketing specialist. I quickly found here, that executing campaigns meant doing a little bit of everything, from copy writing and SEO to social media marketing to creating interactive graphics.
But even as I've traded thousands of words of copy for thousands of lines of code, I still find time whenever possible to contribute to writing articles, blogging and creating infographics — leaning heavily on a passion for writing that's become as much a part of my core as design or development.
Here are some of the articles, special pages and graphics I've written and designed for MyrtleBeach.com:
During my time with Waccamaw Publishers, I ran a publication called Visit! and often wrote features on local attractions and businesses:
Here are some of the best features I wrote on local music and entertainment for my online music publication, ListenUp Myrtle Beach: