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My career in communications dates back to high school when my first article for the York High newspaper, a whimsical piece about wombats, prompted my classmates on the production team to name our paper The Wombat Weekly. After securing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy up the road at Colby College, it was time to get to work. I knew I loved to write but had little clue about what career to pursue. But my dad knew. He nudged me to the newsroom of our hometown York (Maine) Weekly – opening the door on a deeply fulfilling life in print and electronic journalism. When my career path led me across the Piscataqua River to the Portsmouth Herald in late 1988, I was almost immediately sent out to Pease Air Force Base to cover the press conference where we learned the shocking news that Pease would close. My consistently outstanding work in Portsmouth created an opportunity in Cambridge, Mass., as the editor of the Cambridge Chronicle. Highlights of my time there include meeting the amazing Miss Ruth Jones on her 100th birthday, covering the exploits of Bill Walsh, a city councilor who went on the lam after being indicted for bank fraud, and crafting the award-winning 150th anniversary edition of the Chronicle. I returned to the Portsmouth Herald as Sunday editor in 1998. And when I reflect on the coverage we did in the aftermath of 9/11, I still feel a solemn sense of pride. I was not scheduled to be in the newsroom on Sept. 11, 2001, but when I got there our city editor asked me to write this essay to lead the next day’s front page. Boston beckoned once more in 2005, when I began a seven-year stint...

John Breneman resume

JOHN H. BRENEMAN 11 Market St. #3 Portsmouth, NH 03801 john.breneman.inc@gmail.com INTRODUCTION I am a writer, editor, graphic designer and webmaster whose deep experience in journalism (distinguished by industry honors for editorials, features and news) equips me with the versatility to produce sharp visuals and compelling copy on virtually any topic. EXPERIENCE Writer/editor/page designer, Seacoast Media Group, Portsmouth, N.H. (2012-2014) Created a high volume of compelling front and inside newspaper pages on deadline using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, while editing stories, writing headlines and coaching younger editors. Responsibilities also include packaging stories for the website and writing a Sunday column. Head of Copy Desk, The Boston Herald – Boston, Mass. (2005-2012) Supervised the copy desk for Sunday edition of feisty Boston daily, performing copy-editing, headline-writing and pagination roles while providing comprehensive support to Sunday editor and penning op-ed items for the paper. Sunday Editor, The Portsmouth Herald – Portsmouth, N.H. (1998-2004) Executed hundreds of page ones and section fronts on deadline. Coordinated editorial activities of redesigned Sunday paper that achieved dramatic circulation gains and earned multiple General Excellence and writing citations. Duties included writing, copy editing, layout/pagination, editorial planning, etc. Editor, The Cambridge Chronicle – Cambridge, Mass. (1992-97) Transformed solid community weekly into award-winning must-read as editor, writer, community liaison and mentor to young writers. Earned multiple awards for General Excellence and writing, including NEPA 1st place for editorial writing. Reporter-Editor, The Portsmouth Herald – Portsmouth, N.H. (1988-92) Covered crime, politics, education and local people with relentless accuracy and sharp eye for detail. Guided Sunday edition to state and regional General Excellence awards. EDUCATION Colby College (Bachelor’s in Philosophy) – Waterville, Maine American Press Institute (Editors seminar) University of New Hampshire (Journalism coursework) University of California-Irvine (Dean’s Honor List)...

Graphic design

I enjoy creating images that combine graphic design and Photoshop skill while showcasing an engaging verbal style. Here is a small selection of some of my graphic design work.                 — John Breneman (Click here for RESUME) See more graphic design work...

Newspaper page design

Here are several examples of my page-one design work.  ...