25-year journalism professional

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My Experience

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  Carolyn Guniss has spent the last 25 years writing for, editing and managing newspapers, websites, social media accounts and magazines. She is the first woman to hold the role of Executive Editor in the 97-year history of The Miami Times. Since she joined The Miami Times, she has led the weekly newspaper to consecutive wins in 2018 and 2019 as best Black-owned newspaper in America by the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

She started leading during her undergraduate education at St. Thomas University as the school newspaper’s editor. While working on a master’s in media management at the Missouri School of Journalism, she simultaneously served as Executive Director of the Society of Business Editors and Writers. (SABEW). At this organization, she jumpstarted and saw to completion a stalled $1-million fundraising campaign that endowed a Business Journalism professor at the Missouri School of Journalism

After completing the campaign and spurred by the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she returned to the newsroom as an Assistant City Editor at the Bradenton Herald, on the west coast of Florida. While there, she covered a string of hurricanes and the explosion of the Space Shuttle, Columbia and contributed the newspaper’s award-winning coverage of Tropicana’s sudden headquarters move from the area. 

Her direct report has been named the Society of Professional Journalist’s 2004 Sunshine State Awards Florida Crime Reporter of the Year. Other mentees have been conferred a Chuck Stone Award for Community Service Journalism award from National Association of Black Journalists; several National Newspaper Publishers Association Merit awards; and Florida Press Association awards. She has been awarded best environmental news reporting by the National Association of Black Journalists.

She has been a New America Media fellow twice, which culminated in reports on how Florida felons who serve their time do not get their rights back, which a 2018 Constitutional amendment is changing, and exposed how Miami-Dade County’s climate change conversation leaves out poor people. She has studied the rise and implementation of the Euro as a European Union fellow twice, as well as a Center for War, Peace and the News Media fellow. As a fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, she researched and reported on the aging Black population in America’s prisons. 

South Florida Association of Black Journalists has recognized her as an accomplished Woman in Media. She recently served as the organization’s president. The Black Owned Media Alliance named her 2017 Communicator of the Year (Print). 

She has written for several Florida and Missouri publications as well as national magazines. She occasionally appears on WLRN Public Radio, WMBM, WPBT Public TV, WPLG and the BBC. 

In 2018, she co-authored the book, “The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy.



High Standards

I possess a sharp eye for detail, which I use to find even the smallest errors in text. I work well under pressure and can produce high-quality work in short periods of time. I have strong interpersonal skills and work with a wide variety of people.

Aspirations

I am looking for an opportunity to work with a team who runs on clear communication.I want to align myself with a company I believe in and where I can create positive change. I am always looking to learn more and am open to taking on challenging projects.

My Resume

   

LEADER

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Award-winning communications professional, perfecting craft for more than 25 years. Successful. Visionary. Driven. 

Skills Assessment:

   

  • Critical Thinker 
  • Data Analysis  
  • Web and Print Content Development 
  • Talking Points Developer 
  • Collaborative Team Leadership  
  • Reporting/Writing/Editing
  • Copywriting 
  • SEO Savvy  
  • Project Management 
  • Speech Writing 
  • Associated Press Style 
  • Content Management Systems

   

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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THE MIAMI TIMES – Miami, Fla. 09/2014 to present

Executive Editor

Manage the graphics, print and online editorial and proofreading teams, as well as freelance writers, reporters and photographers. Assign, write and edit stories. Present the voice of the newspaper in editorials. Interview candidates for elected office and write recommendations. Plan and execute special sections; Spearheaded a web site re-launch; Make occasional appearances on radio and TV news programs.


Selected Accomplishments:

Recognized as the 2018 and 2019 Best Black Newspaper in America by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Boosted education and sports news coverage. Eliminated errors in the print and online editions. Created a new annual feature to recognize motivated millennials. During the 2016 and 2018 election seasons, executed two political forums, a mayoral debate and served on TV and radio panels. Improved digital presence on social media by creating social media coordinator position. Oversaw redesigns of the newspaper and web page. 


SOUTH FLORIDA TIMES – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   01/2009- 09/2014

Interim Executive Editor, Managing Editor,  Freelance Reporter 

Advanced from freelance to staff editor to the top editor post over a few years. Helped launch an entertainment tabloid called SoFlo Live. 

Selected Accomplishments: 

Raised the profile of the organization through exceptional news coverage. Peers conferred outstanding woman in media award during tenure.


THE MCCLATCHY CO.  

Section Editor

Produced 2 tabloid community news sections twice weekly, as well as edited stories for metro and 1A. 

Selected Accomplishments:

Edited a series of stories that won a Chuck Stone Excellence Award for community/public service journalism.Successfully coached several community news reporters for metro desk careers. Initiated and oversaw a redesigned of a magazine-style tabloid that features different Miami-Dade communities. 


Assistant Metro Editor  

Swing-shift editor who supervised the cops, courts and weekend general assignment reporters. Served on project committees and participated in project line edits. Planned daily metro and state coverage. Lone weekend editor, who oversaw the Sunday editions and left the roadmap to the Monday editions.


Selected Accomplishments

Direct supervisor of the winner of Florida's crime reporter of the year 2004 in the paper’s circulation size. Wrote for and edited stories in the paper’s award-winning Tropicana package. Promoted to section editor at sister paper, the Miami Herald.


SOCIETY OF AMERICAN BUSINESS EDITORS & EDITORS INC. – Columbia, Mo.  07/1997 to 09/2002

Program Manager/Executive Director 

Ambassador and administrator for the 3,200 members, and mediator of the association’s 21-member board. 

Represented the organization in public appearances, phone and e-mail conversations, media interviews and director's column. Managed day-to-day operations. Executed several meetings, conferences, conventions and workshops annually.


Selected Accomplishments:

Garnered more than $500,000 in sponsorship and exhibitor fees, netting the organization thousands for operations. Helped raise $1.1 million that endowed a Business Journalism professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Garnered more than $100,000 in grant money for small business, tax education and technology conferences. Implemented QuickBooks electronic billing. Wrote and distributed dozens of press releases to the Associated Press, Business Wire, PR Newswire, etc. Spearheaded two complete redesigns and occasionally maintained sabew.org. Created a brand for the organization. 


MISSOURI SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION– Columbia, Mo. 1995-1997

Associate Editor, Education Satlink and Show Me Education magazines  

Planned editorial and advertising calendars for Education Satlink. Wrote feature stories about K-12 education issues for both magazines; 

Coordinated the redesign of Education Satlink and Show Me Education magazines. Eliminated ineffective magazine departments and introduced new, needed ones. Accomplished two cover designs at the cost of postage and a couple of disks. Recognized for producing the most-professional looking magazine the association had produced to that date.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and CMS; familiarity with Photoshop, VR, Mailchimp

Co-author, “The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy” textbook


RECOGNITION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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  • National Newspaper Publishers  Association’s 2019 and 2018 Best Black-owned newspaper in America award
  • National Association of Black Journalists 2018 award for an environmental journalism reporting
  • Black Owned Media Alliance     2017  Communicator of the Year (print)
  • Chapter author, “The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy”
  • Distinguished Achiever, 2016 ICABA Media Holdings, 2016
  • Outstanding Woman in Media 2014, South Florida Black Journalists Association, 2014
  • Business Journalism contest judge,   1999-2002
  • Contributor to local and international TV and radio  news roundtables
  • South Florida Black Journalists  Association 2016-2018 president


   

EDUCATION

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Florida Atlantic University—Boca Raton, Fla., 2013

  • Executive Certificate in Project  Management

University of Missouri School of Journalism – Columbia, Mo., 1996-1998

  • Master in Media Management  coursework

St. Thomas University – Miami Gardens, Fla., 08/1993

  • Bachelor of Arts  Communication Arts/English 

European Union fellow, 1998 and 1999

New York University, Center for War, Peace and the News Media fellow, 2000

New America Media fellow, 2015, 2016

Gerontological Society of America fellow, 2016


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