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Strong written/oral communicator with 9+ years of experience creating and packaging information for target audiences. Hardworking, flexible and creative, with proven analytical and organizational skills. Intuitive editor who loves honing words — and people — into the best they can be.

Work Experience

Associate Editor, Hobby Farms and Chickens
Lumina Media (formerly I-5 Publishing), Lexington, KY
June 2014 – Present

  • Create, edit and ship every issue of Hobby Farms and Chickens with the editorial team, two bimonthly agriculture magazines with a combined readership of nearly 200,000
  • Edit magazine manuscripts and articles from multiple levels, from large-scale content editing down to line-by-line copyediting, adhering to AP Style
  • Prepare and package text and photos for print in the Adobe suite of programs, including InDesign and Photoshop
  • Work exclusively with Google Apps for Business (G Suite), including Docs, Sheets, Forms and Gmail
  • Develop yearly editorial calendar for both magazines with the editorial team, sketching out article descriptions and communicating with the sales and marketing departments to ensure reader, freelancer and advertiser satisfaction
  • Draft, distribute, manage and file freelancer contracts, and process freelancer payments in Microsoft Dynamics
  • Serve as the primary communicator to a freelance staff of 200+ writers and photographers, enforcing article deadlines, discussing article edits and updates, and finalizing work fees and assignments
  • Curate and manage social media accounts for both magazines, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Write feature articles, columns and departments for both magazines as needed
  • Handle all customer service concerns for Hobby Farms and Chickens, responding to reader comments and answering questions via phone, email, mail and social media
  • Serve as the IT liaison for the Lexington office, ensuring that office technology is up-to-date and running well
  • Function currently as the interim editor for HobbyFarms.com, publishing articles in the WordPress platform and coordinating deadlines with online freelancers to ensure multiple articles go live per day

Assistant Editor, Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home
I-5 Publishing, Lexington, KY
November 2012 – June 2014

  • Oversaw reader-facing aspects of closing Hobby Farm Home: canceling subscriptions and ensuring subscriber refunds

Graduate Assistant
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, KY
January 2011 – August 2012

  • Assessed condition of digital and analog materials for preservation, and prepared audio for digital access
  • Organized digital server space to reflect intellectual collection structure
  • Maintained digital inventory of collection, standardizing filenames and creating description and keyword metadata
  • Gathered technical metadata for existing and new digital files, and input into the online collection management system
  • Edited oral history transcripts, according to Nunn Center transcription and editing guidelines

Managing Editor, The Observer
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
April 2009 – April 2010

  • Enforced deadlines and managed a staff of 20 at weekly undergraduate student newspaper
  • Led weekly staff meetings and production nights
  • Learned excellent time management and problem solving skills
  • Developed management techniques, including disciplinary actions as well as proper workplace communication

Focus (Arts and Entertainment) Editor, The Observer
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
April 2007 – April 2009

  • Compiled a four to eight-page A&E section on a weekly basis
  • Developed proficiency with Microsoft Office

Written Works

Brew It!: 25 Great Recipes and Techniques to Brew at Home
Lumina Media Books, 2015

Various articles for Hobby Farms, Chickens, Hobby Farm Home and HobbyFarms.com
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/author/cory-hershberger/

Hobby Farms Presents: Brewing Beer
“Gear Up for Brewing” and “The Whole Kit and Caboodle”; I-5 Publishing, 2014

Education

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, May 2012
Master of Science, Library and Information Science

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, May 2010
Bachelor of Arts
, Communication Sciences
Bachelor of Arts, English
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Honors

Member, Alpha Phi Omega (AΦΩ) National Service Fraternity
Member, Psi Chi (ΨΧ) International Psychology Honor Society
Member, Sigma Tau Delta (ΣΤΔ) International English Honor Society
2010 Hospitality Chair, Case Western Reserve Relay For Life Planning Board

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