James Denny Townsend Communications
A widely experienced communications professional, with extensive experience in journalism, book editing services, writing and editing, proofreading, speechwriting and public speaking, video and audio interviewing, and management and team building.
Freelance editor, fiction author, ghostwriter, writing coach
Editing and writing books and other projects on contract to private individuals and companies. Edited books include children’s novels, self-help books, memoirs, business books. Author of The Assassin’s Dream, a futuristic thriller published by Five Star Publishing. Judge for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers annual Colorado Gold contest for first-time authors.
ChangeMedia November, 2009 – July, 2011
Editor in Chief at WellWise.org.
Conceived and built a nonprofit website whose mission was to disseminate authoritative, science-based information on dietary supplements, nutrients and other strategies for health, and to create a lively meeting place for consumers, wellness professionals, nutritionists and researchers. Wrote most site content, recruited expert bloggers and content contributors, contributed audio and video interviews, and wrote a frequent blog. Oversaw social media outreach.
New Hope Natural Media, August, 2006 – November, 2009
Managing editor at Functional Ingredients magazine.
A trade publication covering the supply side of the natural products. Managed all freelancers and staff writers, wrote monthly features, wrote all headlines and captions, oversaw the magazine’s design and production, attended trade shows hosting panel discussions and conducting interviews for videos and podcasts.
Rocky Mountain News, July, 2000 – August, 2006
Copy editor for daily editions.
Wrote headlines and captions. Fact-checked and proofread news articles, edited for length and grammar.
News/Radio/TV USA, September, 1993 – July, 1999
A hybrid national news/public relations story placement service 10,000 newspapers, 400 Hispanic publications, 6,000 radio stations, 1,000 television stations. Oversaw all aspects pertaining to editorial and production. Responsibilities included creating and monitoring budgets; daily oversight of editorial and production departments, including assigning and editing articles and graphics; annual employee evaluations; daily contact with clients, typesetters and press.
Connection Newspapers, 1992 – 1993
Oversaw all operations pertaining to editorial and production of seven Northern Virginia community weekly newspapers ranging in size from 40-120 pages. Managed 22-person staff of editors, reporters and photographers, hiring, counseling, performance evaluations; direct editing and design of two of the newspapers.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, 1991 – 1992
Developing communication strategies for promoting the objectives of the Commission; wrote and edited Commission publications, news releases, letters and speeches for Chairperson Coretta Scott King; coordinated all media relations and coverage of Commission activities.