Zamná F. P. Ávila

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E-mail: zamna.avila@gmail.com
Website: www.zamnaville.com



SUMMARY: Interactive media communicator with extensive experience supervising editorial staff and covering community news and local politics. Strong expertise in training and mentoring interns and freelance reporters. Adept at packaging media content and promoting content though social media.


  • Fluent Spanish/English.
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suites
  • Project management
  • WordPress
  • Writing, editing and proofing

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

  • Accomplishments: Established a structured archive system, produced employee manual and created the newspaper’s style guide, helped revamp the company website.
  • Assign, edit and report on Harbor Area government, community and events.
  • Recruit, mentor and coordinate assignments for interns and freelancers.
  • Post and promote content online using WordPress and social media.

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

  • Contributed news, entertainment and event stories to local and national LGBT news magazines.
  • Reported on Long Beach government and wrote features for Random Lengths News.
  • Wrote human-interest stories for the bilingual publication, La Voz del Valle Central.
  • Covered Orange County and Long Beach community news for Blade Magazine.

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

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

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

  • Wrote about city government and community issues, produced front page enterprise stories.
  • Worked as a mobile journalist reporting, writing, videotaping and taking photographs.
  • Posted online briefs, covered night and police beat in a daily newspaper.

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, Long Beach, Calif. 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.

AFFILIATIONS: California Chicano/a News Media Association/National Association of Hispanic Journalists-Los Angeles Chapter (Secretary), National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association-Los Angeles Chapter (Co-President).

RECOGNITIONS: 2007 Nevada Business Leadership Network Symon Award Nominee for covering disability issues.

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 (2013-2016), Fostering A Change Mentor (2015), AOC7 (2016-Present).

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