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John T. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Feb 2, 2011

John T.

   United States
  |   Silver Spring, MD
  |  11:33 pm Local Time


Minimum Hourly Rate $25

I have been a professional journalist for more than 20 years with a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and a specialty in science writing. I have written for magazines, online, news wire services and corporate communications. I have also taught college-level English and Business Communications for several years.

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Feature article for American Legacy magazine
Feature article for American Heritage magazine
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine
Coverstory for Conservation International's magazine Frontlines
Coverstory for Conservation International's magazine Frontlines.
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine.
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine
Feature article for ZooGoer magazine

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Creative Writing
Creative Writing Test - Non-fiction (U.S. Version)
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U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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Service Description

As a journalist in both print and broadcast media, I worked in news, public television, documentary film production and corporate communications. My primary interest has always been science and natural history, and as a science journalist I developed expertise at making bewildering scientific information clear and relevant for a lay audience.

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Latin American Youth Center/ Upward Bound
English Professor
2010 - 2011
Taught supplementary English grammar and composition to disadvantaged High School Students at Wheaton and Einstein H.S. in Silver Spring, MD. Taught students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades,...
University of the District of Columbia
Adjunct Professor of English
2010 - 2010
Taught three classes for one semester: * English Composition I * English Fundamentals (2)
Strayer University, Manassas Campus, VA
Adjunct Professor of English
2008 - 2009
Taught these classes for four semesters: * Introduction to College Writing (ENG090) * English Composition (ENG115) * Writing & Research (ENG215) * Business...
The Art Institute of Washington, Roslyn, VA.
Adjunct Professor of English
2007 - 2008
Taught college level English Fundamentals for four semesters in 2007, usually with 3 or more sections per week. Designed my own teaching strategy based on the textbook, and created original, unique...
Conservation International, Washington, D.C.
Writer, Global Communications
2004 - 2006
As staff communications writer for CI, I regularly wrote feature articles for its flagship publication, Frontlines, including two major cover stories. I also edited these stories for publication on...
NIAID, National Institutes of Health
Online Writer
2004 - 2004
As staff writer, I created content for the website of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, particularly for their grant application guidelines and procedures.
University of Maryland University College
2004 - 2004
Freelance writer for UMUC's online Podcast on disabled users of online services and education. The Podcast script included interviews with online education experts and visually, auditorily or...
Associated Press Television News, Washington, DC
News writer, Producer
1998 - 2004
Freelance news writer and producer for APTN news wire service. Conducted field shoots, on-camera interviews, edited Betacam video, wrote scripts, fed out stories to Europe and Asia over satellite...
The RARE Center for Tropical Conservation
2001 - 2001
Freelance writer for a RARE brochure that highlighted its strategy of environmental conservation through healthcare of people. The brochure showed how a radio program campaign to encourage birth...
Johnson, Bassin & Shaw, Silver Spring, MD
2000 - 2000
Freelance writer through contractor JBS, for an Elder Care services directory for the National Institutes on Aging.
The World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.
2000 - 2000
Freelance writer on a brochure that highlighted the World Wildlife Fund's conservation efforts in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Weather Services International Inc., Boston MA.
1999 - 1999
Writer for a pilot TV series for Boston's Weather Services International. The series focused on inspiring children and teens to learn about meteorology.
Discovery Digital Networks, Discovery Communicatio
1998 - 1999
Freelance writer for Discovery Digital Networks' "Wings Channel" and "Science Channel" programs. To see a clip:
High-Tech Shower International
1996 - 1999
High Tech Shower International was a daily science program broadcast in Japan for Japanese scientists. It was produced by The Science Technology Network, a Japanese company operating in New York,...
Healthweek, WETA-Public Television
Writer, Producer
1998 - 1998
Freelance writer, producer for Public Televisions series 'Healthweek'. Wrote, researched and produced a program about the science and controversy surrounding dental implants. Conducted shoots and...
The National Geographic Society
Writer, producer
1998 - 1998
Freelance writer-producer for National Geographic Interactive's CD-ROM on all 58 of the United States' National Parks.
NAK Production Associates, Bethesda, MD
Writer, Producer
1997 - 1998
Freelance writer, producer for NAK production Associates, a Bethesda-based independent production company, that specializes in industrial videos. I produced a film for the gala anniversary of JCB...
Animal Planet News, Discovery Communications
1997 - 1997
Freelance writer for Discovery Communications' series, Animal Planet News, which focused on interesting facts and news stories about the natural world for children. Also wrote scripts for an adult...
Outdoors Maryland, Maryland Public Television
Writer, Producer
1997 - 1997
Freelance writer and producer for MPT's series "Outdoors Maryland". I wrote and produced a program focusing on racing sailboats owned by Maryland residents. Followed one owner/captain and his...
Maryland State of Mind, Maryland Public Television
1996 - 1997
Freelance writer/producer for MPT's science series "Maryland State of Mind". I wrote and produced a program on new electronic mapping techniques being pioneered at Towson University. I spearheaded...
Globalvision Inc. New York, N.Y.
Field Producer
1995 - 1996
Staff writer/producer for a video program for the Community Preservation Corporation for its 20th anniversary gala. As Field Producer I was in charge of overseeing and orchestrating all location...
Pacific Street Films Inc.
1995 - 1996
Freelance writer and producer for three exhibit films PSF made for the American Museum of Natural History: "To The Ends of The Earth", which highlighted the expeditions and discoveries made by AMNH...
FilmAmerica Inc. New York, NY
Director of Development
1994 - 1995
I was staff fundraiser and grant proposal writer for independent production company 'FilmAmerica", for its intended HDTV series 'Music in the 20th Century'.
Pacific Street Films Inc. New York, NY
Director of Development
1994 - 1995
Freelance Director of Development for independent documentary production company PSF. Conducted funding research, wrote and researched grant proposals for new documentaries.
ABC News One, New York, N.Y.
News writer
1994 - 1994
Freelance writer for ABC News' wire service, ABC News One.
Reuters Television News, New York, N.Y.
Field Producer, News Writer
1994 - 1994
Freelance field producer and news writer for Reuters news wire service. Produced location shoots, edited Betacam video, and wrote news scripts.
WNET-Thirteen, New York, N.Y./ Promotions Dept.
Associate Producer
1992 - 1994
As staff Associate Producer, I wrote, edited and produced regular promotional spots and interstitials for WNET programs in 1", 2" and D2 videotape.
Pacific Street Films Inc. New York, NY
Writer, researcher
1990 - 1993
Freelance writer and researcher for PSF, an independent documentary production company. Wrote grant proposals, and did research for film scripts.
Nature series, WNET-Thirteen, New York, N.Y.
Production Assistant
1989 - 1992
In addition to assisting on all Nature edits and wrap-around shoots as staff Production Assistant, I also wrote and edited promotional interstitials for Nature.
Cable News Network, New York, NY
News writer
1990 - 1990
Freelance news writer for CNN's morning programs 'Daybreak' and 'Daywatch'.
WPIX/Independent Network News, New York, N.Y.
Newswriter and segment producer
1988 - 1989
Began as a staff News Assistant on the evening news National Broadcast, and was promoted first to Newswriter and then to Segment Producer for the 6pm, 7pm (National) and 10pm News. I created,...


Columbia University
Master of Science in Journalism
1987 - 1988
State University of New York at Stonybrook
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English
1979 - 1983
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