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Leroy Bridges | Elance
 
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Leroy Bridges

A multi-talented and motivated journalist
   United States
  |   Tampa, FL
  |  4:08 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $16

Writing, editing and designing is what I do.

I unearthed this passion more than seven years ago at Purdue University and have been building an unbeatable set of versatile skills ever since.
I've had thousands of newspaper articles in publications, such as, The Northwest Indiana Times (85,000 circulation in Munster, Ind.), Herald & Review (35,000 circulation in Decatur, Ill.) and The Purdue Exponent (20,000 circulation in West Lafayette, Ind.). All of that experience includes a vast amount of work on deadline and in high-stress newsrooms.

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Portfolio

A full-page poster following the Colts' Super Bowl win.
Who I am and what I've done.
A feature story on Illinois 7-footer, Meyers Leonard.
Update on Illinois' men's basketball team.
Feature story on a long-time wrestling coach.
Feature story on a high school football player's struggles with life.
Feature story on two rival coaches who were closer than people knew.
A special preview section for the Purdue men's basketball season. The product was...
Cover to a special preview section for high school football season.
Sports section design following Purdue's win against Indiana in men's basketball.
Feature story on a thrower's march to the 2012 Olympics.
Review of David Neville's medal-winning run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Sports page on a recruiting trying to decide which path to take.
Cover to a special publication
Cover to a special publication
Front page following the discovery of a body on Purdue's campus.

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Content Writing Skills Test
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U.S. English AP Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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Service Description

There isnít a better feeling than leaving the office knowing you have a story that no one else has. Whether it will shock people when they smear the ink on their hands in the a.m., take the Twitter world by storm or spur thousands of comments on a blog, that feeling canít be beat. That feeling is a major reason why I love journalism.

Having the joy of covering successful high school football teams, Iím no stranger to football and basketball season overlapping. Thereís the constant buzz about following countless area teams through the state playoffs and the mounting anticipation for hoops to get underway. The craziness put me tracking down 7-foot Illinois recruit Meyers Leonard on the way home from a quarterfinal playoff win. I had never interviewed someone while driving using speaker phone and a recorder, but I learned quickly. Thatís the beauty of journalism and thatís what I am about.

Who says a 20-hour work day canít put a smile on someoneís face? I will never forget driving home as a sophomore in college knowing I had scooped at least three major news outlets (Journal & Courier, Lafayette, Ind.,; Indianapolis Star; ESPN). It involved a Purdue football (Uche Nwaneri, who now plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars) suing the University to be reinstated. Because of some due diligence on a Sunday as slow as the next, I discovered the lawsuit. After that 20-hour work day, I knew I was pursuing the right career. Thatís the beauty of journalism and thatís what I am about....

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Employment

Herald & Review
Sports Writer
2009 - 2011
-Covered 50+ area high schools and University of Illinois as part of a six-member desk. -Duties also included blogging, weekly studio videos and postgame...
The Herald Journal
Sports Editor
2008 - 2009
-Covered four area high schools and Purdue University while producing a multiple page section daily in QuarkXPress for a one-man desk....
Olympic News Service
Writer & Flash Quote Reporter
2008 - 2008
-Wrote feature pieces on athletes and preview stories on events at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. -Duties also included gathering quotes for media...
The Northwest Indiana Times
Correspondent
2007 - 2008
-Covered Purdue football and men's basketball on deadline. -Followed and wrote about Merrillville, Ind, and Olympic athlete...
The Purdue Exponent
Editor in Chief
2007 - 2007
-Directly managed a staff of 13 editors while overseeing a newsroom of more than 100 students -Administered and created a newsroom budget of more than $500,000
The Purdue Exponent
Sports Editor
2005 - 2006
-Assigned and edited stories for a staff of 12 writers -Covered Purdue football, women's basketball and men's basketball...

Education

Purdue University
Bachelor of Arts
2004 - 2008
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