EDUCATION
Master of Science
in Magazine Writing and Editing
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, graduated June 2012

Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Journalism
School of Journalism at The University of Missouri, graduated May 2011

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Managing EditorGreen Building & Design Magazine,
 Chicago, Illinois: December 2014–Present
o Currently producing bimonthly issues of gb&dread by 50,000+ green architecture professionals (and also owned/operated by Alarm Press; see below)
o Planning, managing and executing the editorial calendar, crafting and assigning pieces and writing stories across all sections of the publication, including cover copy, TOC, captions, etc.
o Overseeing an editorial team as well as a network of freelancers and assuring that all strict deadlines are met, both internally and with the printer

Senior Staff Writer, Consequence of Sound, Chicago, Illinois: February 2012–Present
o Contributing writing and photography to CoS: http://consequenceofsound.net/author/amanda-koellner/

Managing EditorDesign Bureau, Chicago, Illinois: August–December 2014
o Produced bimonthly issues of the magazine (offering an inspirational global dialogue on design) as well as a 250-page special edition—both circulated in 26 countries
o Planned, managed and executed the editorial calendar, crafted and assigned all stories and wrote cover features, front-of-book content and additional pieces, as well as web content
o Oversaw an editorial team and a network of freelancers and ensured that all strict deadlines were met, both internally and with our printer

Associate Editor, Alarm Press, Chicago, Illinois: October 2013–August 2014
o Produced bimonthly issues of Design Bureau magazine, quarterly issues of Alarm Magazine and biyearly issues of Modern Weddings magazine, as well as special edition books
o Pitched, developed and wrote features and additional pieces for the three titles and special editions on strict deadlines
o Assigned stories to freelance writers and subsequently managed and edited pieces for both print and web

Contributing Photographer, Various Outlets, Chicago, Illinois: May 2013–Present
o Currently shooting an array of live concerts and music festivals for Consequence of SoundIndie Shuffle, Time Out Chicago, Alarm Magazine, Gaper's Block, and more

Communications Coordinator, No Limit Agency, Chicago, Illinois: April 2013–October 2013
o Crafted press releases for more than 50 major brands at a full-service communications agency
o Wrote, edited and posted pieces for the agency’s online business magazine, 1851 Project
o Wrote client profiles for various blogs and for client pitches to local and national media

Research Editor, Imagination Publishing, Chicago, Illinois: September 2012–April 2013
o Fact checked pieces for a wide range of print publications and websites
o Edited posts for blogs.imaginepub.com
o Assisted with copyediting and proofreading articles across platforms

Editorial Assistant, Chicago Home + GardenChicago, Illinois: June–September 2012
o Pitched, wrote and edited blog posts for the magazine’s Design Dose website
o Fact checked articles, proofread and copyedited
o Managed the magazine’s Twitter feed