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Cassandra Kardeke

Cassandra Kardeke - Editor

Las Vegas, NV, United States

All writers need a great editor! My biggest pet peeve - the numerous typos I read on my Kindle, see on TV and even menus and signs!

Overview

Over 25 years of writing and editing experience with newspapers, web, technical manuals and magazines, majority of which was with the Department of Defense. Currently am employed full time editing Air Force technical manuals but also work as a private editor for authors writing for Amazon, Google and Yahoo.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Short Story
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Publishing Travel

Certifications

  • Defense Information School Journalism
  • Defense Information School Editing

Work experience

Copy Editor/Proofreader

Self-employed
October, 2013 – Present (about 4 years)

Started taking freelance editing jobs in late 2013 through a Writing/Editing internet site (now defunct) and was responsible to copy edit submitted feature/specialty articles that were to be posted on Yahoo and Google News websites. This also entailed confirming submitted copy was not plagiarized. Occasionally asked to write specialty articles featuring Top 10-type lists. Currently copy-editing novels and digital books by self-published authors, all fiction, in a variety of genres.

Lead Editor

US Air Force
March, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

As lead editor, am responsible for final editing of AF technical manuals, flash and tactical bulletins. This entails working with subject matter experts and tactics officers to update various manuals. Responsible for ensuring all grammar, punctuation, word style and security classifications are accurate according to established guidelines , and is in compliance with DoD, Air Force and the Air Combat Center's publishing standards. Responsible to design and edit tables and graphs from submitted text to provide visual presentations of complex material while also ensuring proper security classification. During final volume editing, am also responsible to ensure proper format throughout the document (12-1000+ pages), as well as finalizing the document and conducting a final quality control check prior to electronic release. Assisted training two assistant editors and monitored their work on tactics and flash bulletins. Addressed training issues with coworkers and have developed new training materials for future employees. Received four time-off awards for various accomplishments, cash bonuses and Civilian of the Quarter for first and second quarter of 2016. Position requires Top Secret Security Clearance.

Copy Editor

Caesars Entertainment
May, 2014 – March, 2015 (10 months)

Was responsible for copy editing electronic, digital and printed media publications as well as ensuring quality assurance for all Caesars Entertainment properties world-wide and their brand-specific marketing tools. This entailed detailed knowledge of each brand's look and feel, specific key messages, tag lines and target audiences to ensure all printed and digital publications were within guidelines and information contained was accurate.

Public Affairs Specialist

US Army Corps of Engineers
March, 2008 – February, 2014 (almost 6 years)

Served as PA Specialist with multi-media emphasis for the district's command information and community relations programs. Researched local, state and engineering information pertaining to the district's activities within the Great Lakes states to create informative slides, press releases and brochures. Researched, created and implemented the district's Social Media plan and was responsible to maintain and monitor all social media applications. Analyzed usage/public interest on social media sites; wrote and provided analysis data reports for command group to aid in strategic planning. Reviewed, updated and maintained the district website, closed circuit television and the district intranet. Serve as the district's webmaster; created pages, maintained, reviewed and approved all info posted to the site. Assisted and coordinated internal/external media coverage of district projects, dredging disposal facilities and other waterway resources. Wrote and issued press releases regarding Corps projects or issues. Surveyed and reviewed all public national/international media venues (print, broadcast, internet) on a daily basis to determine public
interpretation of USACE projects, ongoing media coverage of corps activities and potential issues which could affect the district.

Public Affairs Specialist

US Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany
June, 2000 – February, 2008 (over 7 years)

Acted as Deputy Public Affairs Officer and responsible for the garrison's command information program, ensuring dissemination of information throughout eight installations to all personnel, military units and civilian organizations within the AOR. Editor of the Garrison's portion of a CE newspaper and independently researched, wrote and edited press releases, news articles and feature stories. Designated as garrison
photographer and provided photography for the newspaper, Commander's Information Network and garrison website using digital cameras. Designed, proofread and was responsible for layout of garrison newspaper pages using Adobe PageMaker and Photo Shop. Wrote, coordinated, reviewed and forwarded press releases to internal/external media and ensured releases were made in a timely manner. Created and maintained
photo library for the installation. Enhanced the effectiveness of CI by establishing relationships with and utilizing local media agencies in the area, including host nation media and American Forces Network. Created, produced and hosted a weekly radio show highlighting garrison services and activities within the AOR. Designed, coordinated and produced television commercials and news stories with AFN staff and escorted camera crews for filming. Wrote, edited and produced 30-and 60-second community news spots for AFN. Implemented the Commander's Information Channel. Designated as garrison webmaster: updated the site daily, ensured accuracy of information and continuously reviewed and designed new pages as needed. Responded to media queries and escorted media while in the AOR. Coordinated, organized and publicized all public events utilizing available media. Responsible to give media training to all Soldiers and civilians deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Composed coordinated and personally gave training in unit and battalion-size settings which focused on media training, how to conduct an interview, escorting media and interview techniques. Created and briefed a similar briefing targeted for spouses and family members.

Public Affairs Specialist

US Army Recruiting Battalion - Indianapolis
January, 1998 – June, 2000 (over 2 years)

As a Public Affairs Specialist I assisted Army recruiters within the state of Indiana and portions of Kentucky on publicity and media related issues. I served as the editor of the battalion's quarterly newspaper. As editor I was responsible to research, coordinate, write and edit news and feature articles for the battalion newspaper. Independently researched news stories, interviewed recruiters and enlistees and wrote newsworthy articles
to promote recruiting. Wrote feature stories for national Army magazines such as the Recruiter Journal and Soldiers Magazine, as well as wrote, forwarded and tracked press releases to all media agencies within Indiana and north central Kentucky.

Publicity Assistant

US Marine Corps Logistics Base - Barstow, CA
August, 1993 – August, 1994 (about 1 year)

Coordinated daily with base activity managers to develop publicity announcements for upcoming functions and events. I developed, wrote and implemented a marketing plan for all MWR activities such as the library, club systems, youth services, and arts and crafts. I designed and wrote publicity flyers for upcoming events within MWR and a monthly MWR newsletter. I assisted activity managers with recommendations on
preparations and planning of daily and special events for various target audiences and ensured activities did not conflict with scheduled events planned in local communities. Independently wrote and distributed news releases to the local media. I was responsible to write a weekly column for the Barstow city newspaper informing patrons of MWR activities and events.

Staff Writer

Carroll County Newspapers
August, 1992 – August, 1993 (about 1 year)

Initially employed to assist in layout and composition of four weekly newspapers and one weekly shopper that circulated throughout Northwest Arkansas and Southern Missouri. I was responsible for layout and paste-up of all news articles, advertising and photos. Duties expanded immediately to include typesetting copy for all newspapers and editing submitted articles from local correspondents, which entailed proofreading,
writing style, grammar and punctuation as well as ensuring accuracy of all information. Within a month of hire, my duties expanded again to writing feature stories. I independently arranged and conducted interviews with local business owners and organizations, gathering information, photography and writing articles to inform local communities of the services and programs available. Awarded the title of Staff Writer for my
accomplishments and additionally assigned to cover more stories of interest for the city newspapers. I independently sought out stories of public interest within the county and surrounding areas. Routinely reported on city and county meetings. I covered the Police Beat and worked closely with the city police chiefs and county sheriff's department to report on criminal incidents and investigations that had occurred throughout the county.

Student Hire

Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tokyo
June, 1987 – June, 1988 (about 1 year)

Employed under the student hire program and assigned to the Unit News Office at Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tokyo. Initial duties were to typeset copy submitted for installation newspapers throughout Japan and the Philippines. Within a month of hire, duties expanded to assist staff with layout and paste-up of installation newspapers for publication. This included editing and proofreading copy submitted by Public Affairs Officers.
Coordinated daily with editors on the progress of their newspaper and proposed solutions to any problems with design and layout. Responsibilities expanded to cover miscellaneous stories throughout installations in Japan for the Pacific Stars and Stripes daily newspaper. Independently arranged and conducted interviews with military/civilian personnel and entertainers visiting installations in Japan.

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