SCOTT MICHAEL SHRAKE
August 2016 – Present:
Editorial Consultant. Contrast and Company, Annapolis, Md.
New-business pitches for boutique creative agency, materials for existing clientele, other ad hoc editing projects.
January 2015 – Present:
Editorial Consultant. AARP/ASI/influent50, Washington, D.C.
Websites, direct mail, video, email blasts, reports, presentations & much more for member-benefits division and in-house creative agency at AARP.
May 2014 – Present:
Senior Copy Editor (Full Time). MId-sized Integrated Advertising Agency, PART OF WPP GROUP, New York, NY
Responsible for integrity of every word that comes out of this 150+ person integrated ad agency with dozens of clients including Volkswagen, Hilton, and Disney. Many projects win ADDY Awards, including Sift Magazine and Sous-Vide Magazine. Perform quality assurance on new-business pitches, with high success rate of winning the accounts.
June 2010 – October 2016:
Creator and Executive Producer. Story League, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Live stage shows (Smithsonian, Kennedy Center), social events, iTunes podcast, promotional materials on social media, story coaching.
June 2007 – November 2011:
Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post, New York, NY.
Wrote a series of blog posts on varying topics for HuffPost.
May 2007 – April 2014:
Senior Copy Editor (Full Time). Wunderman DC (formerly RTC Relationship Marketing), Washington, D.C.
All digital and print materials for mid-size advertising-marketing agency's clients including Audi of America, Microsoft, Pfizer. Leader of Editorial Services department: managed another Copy Editor, educated agency staff on editorial standards.
March – August 2007:
Contributing Writer, Wharton Alumni Magazine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Profiles of famous alumni, in-depth articles for alumni magazine of Wharton School of Business.
September 2006 – April 2007:
Manager, Marketing Copy (Full Time). Discovery Education, Silver Spring, Md.
Supervised all copy for online and print marketing collateral for the in-school education division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI).
June 2004 – December 2006:
Editor/Writer. University of Michigan Medical School, Development & Alumni Relations, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Books, magazines, newsletters, brochures, speeches, and more.
March 2003 – September 2006:
Copy Editor (Full Time). Borders Group, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich
Responsible for editorial quality of all marketing copy for international retailer of books, music, and movies.
October 2000 – February 2003:
Freelance Writer & Editor. Clients included Philadelphia City Paper, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Big Idea Magazine, TLA Entertainment Group.
Everything from development brochures to book and film reviews and cover stories.
July 1999 – April 2001:
Senior Editor (Promoted from Associate Editor) (Full Time). NAPCO Media, Philadelphia, Pa.
Editor/writer for direct marketing industry trade magazines.
July 1998 – July 1999
Writer/Editor. Hollister Creative, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Wrote and edited copy for supplements to Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. Assistant editor for Eastern Technology Council; edited/wrote other content.
Master of Arts, German Literature. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Recipient of Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student and Erich Friedmann Prize for Excellence in German Studies.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Theory. James Madison College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
Junior Year Abroad: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Double major: German and Poli-Sci. Internship: United States Information Agency, Washington, D.C.