James Gilzow

James Gilzow - Editor

Bella Vista, AR, United States

My life's work is to bring writers and readers together over copy that flows smoothly, yet delivers the intended message succinctly.

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I'm a 35-year newspaperman who also spent a few years in the training and development field, providing expert copy editing and line editing in both environments. My grammar skills are superb, and I specialize in polishing copy so that it comes across "light, tight and bright."

English (US)
Crime & Mystery
Business & Management
Career Guides
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Senior News Editor

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April, 2001 – September, 2013 (over 12 years)

Helped foster growth of Arkansas’ statewide newspaper into this critical circulation zone by establishing and directing a 15-member copy/design desk. This team was responsible for producing world, national and local news and sports sections for an award-winning regional newspaper group that included the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Primary duties included final editing of special feature articles/series; setting and enforcing all deadlines in the face of frequent late-breaking news and sports stories; hiring and developing new team members; identifying strengths of team members and leveraging them to consistently produce a flawless product under intense deadline pressure; and serving as the editorial department liaison to weekly production meetings. Also served as editor of Northwest Arkansas Outdoors, sometimes writing feature articles for this weekly broadsheet section.

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