Isn't It Pretty To Think So?

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My Resume

Elizabeth Montalbano

36 Van Dyke St. ▪ Brooklyn, NY 11231 ▪ (917) 628-6832 ▪

Career Objective

Writer or editor responsibilities for a respected Web site, media outlet, blog, research firm, marketing team, public relations firm or publishing company

Career Experience

December 2009 to Present, Contributing Writer,

Highlight: Second assignment — profiles of six 100-year-old businesses that went out of business in 2009 — exceeded 1 million page views in a week.

▪ Research and write news, features and profiles for the Small Business section of an online news outlet with an international audience

June 2005 to October 2009, Senior Writer, International Data Group, IDG News Service

Highlights: Known as one of the fastest and most accurate writers on staff, I was consistently called upon to cover breaking news stories even if they fell outside my beat coverage; also known for writing insightful analysis pieces and being ahead of competition in predicting industry trends

▪ Researched and wrote articles daily for a news wire service that syndicates content across more than 300 publications in 60 countries; articles are also syndicated on the New York Times and Washington Post Web sites

▪ Acted as the leading reporter responsible for coverage of software leader Microsoft Corp. for the entire IDG network of publications; stories ranged from new product releases to corporate and financial news to business trends and analysis

▪ Edited stories by fellow reporters for both content and style, working with reporters on tight deadlines to craft articles published daily on the IDG News Service wire

▪ Represented IDG editorial interests at industry trade shows, covering breaking news and meeting with vendors and sources for news stories at conferences both in the U.S. and overseas

▪ Shot photographs and video on site at news events; this media was then edited for content and published on a daily news wire

March 2000 to June 2005, Senior Editor, CMP Media Inc., CRN

Highlights: Was consistently promoted and given increasing responsibility during my five years at the company; was often called upon to handle critical breaking news stories and other tasks because of my reputation for reliability, consistency and tenacity

▪ Researched and wrote articles for a news weekly focusing on the Internet and computing industry, and its corresponding Web site,; also edited stories for publication on the Web site

▪ Edited and managed content for two weekly sections, Hardware and White Box, tasks that entailed coordinating story ideas with writers and art ideas with the art department, as well as ensuring reporters filed stories in a timely fashion

▪ Covered a diverse range of technologies and topics, including enterprise and wireless application developer tools; Java software; reseller channel issues; wireless networking; telecom; servers; desktop computers; and business trends

▪ Tracked the business and technology moves of companies such as IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other top technology companies

▪ Represent editorial interests at CRN marketing events and industry trade shows

▪ Conducted a live Web seminar that required giving a presentation to a live online audience and fielding real-time questions from participants

May 1999 to February 2000, News Editor, August 1998 to May 1999, Copy Editor, Virgo Publishing Inc., PHONE+

Highlights: Was promoted after just nine months at the company and was called upon to act as both editor-in-chief and managing editor when those editors were on leave

▪ Edited and wrote stories for a monthly industry journal for telecommunications resellers, agents and carriers

▪ Managed the monthly news process by coordinating reporters’ pitches and discussing potential stories with editor-in-chief

▪ Collaborated with graphic artists on layout and copy edits

▪ Represented editorial interests at marketing events and industry trade shows

▪ Edited and managed content for a corresponding daily news Web site,

June 1997 to June 1998, Contributing Writer, Get Out

▪ Researched and wrote feature stories and reviews for the entertainment weekly of the Tribune, a daily newspaper based in Mesa, Arizona

▪ Researched and wrote a weekly column about nightlife in the Phoenix metropolitan area

June 1997 to August 1998, Copy Editor, Tribune Newspapers

▪ Edited and wrote headlines for Section A stories on the copy desk of a daily newspaper

▪ Reviewed initial print copies of the section to check for remaining errors before publication

▪ Created page layouts using QuarkXPress

April 1997 to August 2003, Contributing Writer, Phoenix New Times

▪ Researched and wrote features and reviews for the alternative music section of a weekly magazine

January 1997 to June 1997, Copy Editor, American Compensation Association (now WorldatWork)

▪ Edited journals, instructor workbooks and marketing materials of a professional organization for employee compensation, benefits and awards

June 1996 to January 1997, Magazine Editor, State Press Magazine, Arizona State University

▪ Edited, planned the layout of and wrote stories for a weekly entertainment supplement to a daily university newspaper

▪ Managed a staff of 17 freelance writers, photographers and graphic artists through the weekly process of story and photo assignments; story and art concept and placement; and production and design

▪ Engaged in marketing activities, such as ticket giveaways and contests, to promote magazine advertisers and sponsors

January 1997 to May 1997, Associate Poetry Editor, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Arizona State University

▪ Evaluated poetry submissions to the literary journal of a national university and decided with other editors which poems would be included in the journal

▪ Collaborated with colleagues to choose cover art and make other layout decisions for the journal

Additional Publications and Media Appearances

▪ Co-collaborated as an artist on a mixed-media and bronze sculpture called “One Lexington, Two Cities” for the traveling art exhibit “The Art of the Artist’s Book,” which opened in Detroit, Michigan, at the Oakland University Art Gallery, 2010

▪ Authored a research brief about enterprise software acquisition for the Economist Intelligence Unit, 2007

▪ Appeared as an expert on Microsoft on the American Public Media radio show “Marketplace,” 2006-2008

▪ Appeared as a guest technology panelist at a monthly meeting of the New York Software Industry Association, February 2007

▪ Moderated a panel called “The Data Center Wrap-up: How Will Climate Change, Transformations in Management’s Attitude, Evolving Technologies, and Equipment Life-Span Shape Tomorrow’s Data Center Operations?” at AIT Global’s Green Tech conference, November 2008

▪ Print and online articles and columns also have appeared in Fortune Small Business/CNN Money, The Arizona Republic, Mesa Tribune, HoustonPress, SF Weekly and San Francisco Business Times

▪ Poem “Mother’s Kitchen” published in a 1994 issue of The New York Quarterly


CMP 2002 Editorial Award for “Calm, Cool and Collected,” a feature story on Sun Microsystems Inc.

Arizona State University’s Swarthout Award for Poetry 1995, 1996

De Sales University’s Diane Danicarte Murtha Prize for Poetry, 1992


1997, M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

1993, B.A degree in English/Communications–Cum Laude, De Sales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Interests and Activities

Reading, writing, travel, surfing, cinema, hiking, biking, jogging, tennis, yoga, music, fine and culinary arts

References available upon request

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