In late 2019, I left my longtime role as a magazine editor to pursue one year of life as a "digital nomad." Needless to say, 2020 did not go as planned. The pandemic may have stalled my travel aspirations, but it hasn't stopped me from having a fruitful freelance career in digital content and communications.
My backstory: I moved to Denver from my hometown of Phoenix after graduating with a master’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2012. There, I spent more than six years working as a digital editor for the Mile High City's award-winning magazine, 5280. Though my position evolved significantly over the years, in its last iteration, I produced an award-nominated daily newsletter, co-directed 5280.com’s editorial strategy, and managed junior employees and the digital internship program. Notably, a personal essay I wrote titled “My Father’s Final Gift,” was part of a feature that won an Ellie, the industry’s highest honor, from the American Society of Magazine Editors.
As a versatile and digitally savvy freelancer, I wear many hats. Recent projects include SEO-focused copywriting, digital production and content strategy, feature writing, communications consulting, and newsletter creation. I'm always open to new opportunities—both part- and full-time—in the digital communication, content, and media/PR realms. I'd love to connect with you! Please get in touch with me via or my LinkedIn page.
JERILYN FORSYTHE'S RESUMÉ
FREELANCER, JERILYN FORSYTHE LLC
I currently hold multiple contracts and freelance relationships, including: Web Content Specialist, Nova Southeastern University; Editor, Harbor Bluff Living Magazine; Editorial/SEO Ghostwriter, KrazyCouponLady.com; and Contributing Writer, Incisal Edge.
September 2019 - Present
DIGITAL ASSOCIATE EDITOR, 5280
May 2015 - August 2019
As a senior editor on the digital team, I co-directed 5280.com's editorial strategy. I assigned, edited, and published anywhere from 10 to 20 articles a week, acting as gatekeeper for the website's standards of excellence with a meticulous eye for tone, content, style, readability, SEO, and accuracy. I also produced an award-nominated daily newsletter with 20,000-plus engaged subscribers; managed two junior staffers as well as the department's intern program; and wrote a personal essay that helped win a National Magazine award—the highest in the industry.
DIGITAL ASSISTANT EDITOR, 5280
May 2013 - May 2015
I started and managed the company's entire social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Vimeo and Youtube. These platforms would go on to collect a cumulative following in the hundreds of thousands. In addition to managing 5280.com's daily editorial calendar, I also shot, produced, and edited dozens of videos. When a department head took a monthslong leave of absence, I successfully managed the department, including budgetary and managerial operations.
DIGITAL-EDITORIAL INTERN, 5280
January 2013 - May 2013
Wrote articles, shot and edited video, fact-checked stories, and completed other miscellaneous tasks for the department. Completed any project thrown my way with precision and pizazz. Produced dozens of videos for 5280.com, which can be seen here.
HEALTH AND SOCIAL ISSUES REPORTER, CRONKITE NEWS SERVICE
May 2012 - August 2012
Reported on health and social issues on Capitol Hill. Frequently attended press conferences and bureaucratic meetings, developed inside sources, and interviewed state and national officials such as senators, representatives, and federal employees. I wrote about complex issues such as the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid on a regular basis, and excelled in translating jargon into interesting and digestible information for the public.
MASTER'S IN MASS COMMUNICATION
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Completed three semesters of bootcamp-style courses in print, digital, and broadcast journalism
Specialized in print and digital media tracks, which included learning HTML, newspaper- and magazine-style writing, copy editing, journalism ethics, in-depth reporting skills, video production, and Adobe Creative Suite
BACHELOR'S IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Arizona State University
Double minored in Justice Studies and African American Studies
Member of Phi Alpha Delta (a pre-law fraternity) and the Womyn's Coalition
Interned for Gina's Team, a nonprofit organization that works on prison reform in the state of Arizona. Received rare access to film and publish video from inside the prison