Joe Stych
E: hello@joestych.com | T: @joestych
1165 Office Park Rd., West Des Moines, IA, 50265


Experience

Meredith Enterprise Sites Enterprise site opperations assistant, editorial apprentice
Des Moines, IA June 2012-May 2012, Sept. 2012-Present
Collaborate with editors and technical staff to manage digital enhancements and implement new tools and content. Daily tasks include analyzing key metrics, working with brands to define and track goals, and bridging the communication gap between editors and developers.
Maintain relationships with the digital directors of 13 sites, including Fitnessmagazine.com, FamilyCircle.com, Lhj.com, and RachaelRayMag.com.
Oversee the transition of two sites, AllPeopleQuilt.com and DiabeticLivingOnline.com, from Interwoven to Drupal, which involves coordinating a team of editors, designers and developers.
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Editorial intern
Minneapolis, MN June 2012-Sept. 2012
Managed fact checking for multiple stories, communicated with sources, pitched stories, and wrote for this monthly publication and its sister magazines, including Viking and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings.
Urban Plains Magazine Executive producer
Des Moines, IA Sept. 2011-Dec. 2011
Built a website from the ground up for this Midwest-focused online publication and iPad magazine. Planned and created daily content, managed four other staff members and multiple freelance writers, optimized website and content for search, and measured our success using Google Analytics.
Diabetic Living Editorial apprentice
Des Moines, IA Sept. 2011-Dec. 2011
Worked closely with the print and web editors of this publication to complete research and writing assignments while managing the brand’s Twitter presence.
WOOD Magazine Editorial intern
Des Moines, IA June 2011-Dec. 2011
Worked full-time as a summer intern with the editors at this Meredith title to create a special interest publication about “man caves.” Daily tasks included research, crafting presentations and writing articles for the final product. Continued on to do some freelance work for the magazine.Writing

Writing and Freelancing Experience:

  • Silicon Prairie News
  • Juice Magazine
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
  • Viking Magazine
  • Secrets of the City
  • Wood Magazine
  • Diabetic Living
  • Tiger Oak Publications, Meetings + Events Magazines
  • 515 Magazine
  • Drake Magazine

 

Skills (click each header to see more)

Technical

WordPress, Drupal, Interwoven, basic CSS and HTML, mobile application development, user experience and information architecture design

Metrics

Search engine optimization strategies, Adobe Omniture, Google Analytics, Hitwise, Wordtracker

Content

Social media strategies, blogging, feature writing

Creative

Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, video editing (mostly iMovie, some Final Cut Pro)

Business

Project management, Agile software development strategies, acquisition strategies, registration strategies, newsletter campaigns, content strategy

Awards and Affiliations

2012 ACP Online Pacemaker winner, Urbanplainsmag.com
Third place, individual start-up category of the AEJMC magazine division contest for Funny or Die Magazine
Second place, SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence Award for non-fiction writing
Alpha Phi Omega, Omega Chapter

Education

Drake University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Des Moines, IA.
B.A. in magazine journalism received in May 2012.
Graduated with honors. Cumulative GPA: 3.8