Zamná F. P. Ávila

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09/09-Present                Assistant Editor — Random Lengths News, San Pedro, Calif.

  • Assign and write stories.
  • Partake in all aspect of the editing process.
  • Report on Harbor Area government, community and events.
  • Promote content on social media outlets such Facebook and Twitter.
  • Responsible for posting content on company website using WordPress.
  • Recruit, mentor and coordinate assignments for interns and freelancers.
  • Created the newspaper’s writers’ guidelines based on the AP Stylebook.

04/08-09/09                   Reporter — Freelance, Long Beach, Calif.

  • Reported on Long Beach government and features for Random Lengths News.
  • Covered Orange County and Long Beach community news for Blade Magazine.
  • Wrote human-interest stories for the bilingual publication, La Voz del Valle Central.
  • Featured Los Angeles and Palm Springs events for Frontiers IN Los Angeles Magazine.
  • Contributed political and entertainment articles about Las Vegas and Los Angeles for Edge.

11/07- 03/08                  EditorClout Magazine (A niche product of the Press-Telegram) Long Beach, Calif.

  • Wrote, planned, assigned, scheduled and edited articles and photos.
  • Recruited and negotiated compensations for 12 freelance writers and six photographers.
  • Networked with local community and business leaders to build a rapport for the magazine.

06/05-11/07                   Mobile Journalist — Reno-Gazette Journal Reno, Nev.

  • Posted online briefs, covered night and police beat in a daily setting.
  • Worked as a mobile journalist reporting, writing, videotaping and taking photographs.
  • Wrote about city government and community issues, as well as page one enterprise pieces.




Master of Arts in Interactive Media

Quinnipiac University Online, Hamden, Conn. May 2012.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a concentration on comparative culture and religion

California State University Long Beach, May 2005.

Certificate of Competence as a Legal Assistant

El Camino College, Torrance, Calif. December 2001.

Associate of Science in Business Administration                                                                            

El Camino College, Torrance, Calif. June 1998.



SPECIAL SKILLS: Fluent in verbal and written Spanish and English. Proficient in latest version of MS Office 2011 (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint), Nexus, CS4 version Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Flash, Effects, Audacity, Soundbooth and Final Cut Pro. Trained in utilizing in project management and social media networks such as WordPress, Facebook, Twitter.


AFFILIATIONS: National Association of Hispanic Journalists (Los Angeles At-Large Board Member), National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (Los Angeles Chapter At-Large Board Member).


RECOGNITIONS: Certificate of Commendation Nominee at 2007 Nevada Business Leadership Network Symon Award for media coverage on issues concerning people with disabilities.


VOLUNTEER WORK: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern Nevada (2006-2007), NLGJA Student Project Mentor (2008), Unity 2012 Student Project Mentor, NLGJA/LA Board Member (2012-Present), NAHJ-LA Board Member (2013-Present), Long Beach Time Exchange Conversational Spanish Facilitator (2013), Fostering A Change Mentor (2015).


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