John Breneman resume

11 Market St. #3
Portsmouth, NH 03801


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.


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.

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)

Multiple General Excellence citations from NENA, NEPA and Mass/N.H. Press Associations; numerous writing awards include NEPA Humor Columnist and Editorial Writer of the Year.

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