An effective editor is also a teacher and coach.

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Reporters, writers and editors are always eager to learn and refine their skills, particularly when they are starting in the news or writing business or changing beats or jobs. I have extensive experience coaching writers and editors, particularly in covering policy and politics. I work one-on-one with reporters, guiding them through the reporting, interviewing and writing process to help them produce balanced, wellresearched and wellwritten articles. I also have experience teaching editorial techniques to editors. And I can conduct group workshops on news writing, interviewing and profiling.

I also work with youth as the leader of a teen writers club in Germantown, Md., on behalf of the Maryland Writers Association (MWA). The club provides an opportunity for middle- and high-school students to experiment with storytelling and poetry, provide one another feedback, compete in writing contests, and build friendships with teens with similar interests. Several of my club members contributed to the MWA’s first teen anthology, Emerging Voices, a compilation of stories and poems from members of teen writers clubs around the state and published in May 2015.