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Barbara Sehr Productions
Contract Writer  Apr 2001 - Present

Barbara Sehr Productions is a sole proprietorship servicing writing and technical needs for clients that include Linda Werner & Associates, Credit Union Strategic Planning, Buzzbee Company, Nintendo, Microsoft, and smaller businesses.

Client Work includes:

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (online)Write weekly blog for “City Brights” opinion page.
  • Credit Union Strategic Planning: Demand and need research, writing, editing and finalizing applications for grants from the US Treasury Community Development Financial Institution Fund by credit unions across the country
  • Linda Werner & Associates: Write brand assessment, Web site content. Author content for client Web site
  • MSN Technology and Gadgets site: regular blog for Microsoft Windows Live gateway.
  • X-10 Electronics Community: author regular blog for community pages of national retailer.
  • Buzzbee Company: Contracted to write content for Business CAR and CRM site developed by a Microsoft vendor
  • Nintendo of America: Contract writer for DS2 Web team on short term deadline.
  • Getty Images: Independent Contract Writer —Managed and produced online newsletters for Getty Images employees worldwide . Develop, research, write email newsletters with the assistance of the director of internal communications. Increase sharing of common business practices among diverse international offices by focusing on issues facing isolated communities throughout the company. Reduce company printing costs by transferring existing internal documents such as employee handbook and compensation guide to HTML.
  • Various small business clients: Author content, write CSS and HTML code to create SEO compliant e-newsletters.
  • Online Editor 2005- 2006 YES! Magazine
    YES! Magazine is a quarterly publication of Positive Futures, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a more just and sustainable world.

  • Increase online awareness of non-profit publication’s Web site.
  • Institute regular updates and technical revisions of Web site.
  • Create additional content, RSS feeds, and graphic design features to increase readership of site.
  • Increase frequency of HTML newsletter from monthly to weekly.
  • Generate more user feedback and interactivity on site through regular blogging
  • Content Manager, Senior Editor 1999-2001 SagePort Inc.

    SagePort Inc. was a Web portal aimed at bringing populations over 55 online with hand-holding support and access to hardware at independent living centers for seniors.
  • Develop and launch original content plan for 500-page portal site with 39 channels of information.
  • Hire, lead, and assign content team from start to launch.
  • Author, coordinate, and quality-test "Dear" member guide aimed at increasing understanding of complex technology by aging audience.
  • Assisted in creation of internal CMS.
  • Webmaster, Content Developer 1997-2001 About.Com

  • Create, nurture, site from idea to one of the largest online repositories of political humor.
  • Contribute original weekly satires as well as collateral material for a site honored with awards from USA Today, Political Site of the Day and Young Politicians.
  • Moderate online communities such as forums, guest blogs and email traffic.
  • Create powerful reader community by nurturing original online newsletter growing from a handful of readers to more than 100,000 weekly subscribers.
  • E D U C A T I O N

  • B.A. Journalism, University of Houston, Texas
  • Technical Skills

  • CSS, HTML, XML, hand-coding
  • Dreamweaver Web page design
  • Firebug Web page editing
  • CMS setup (PHP and MySQL)
  • Joined in custom Vinage CMS development
  • Hardware and Software Diagnostics/testing
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Advanced Photoshop Skills)
  • Publishing programs from PageMaker to InDesign
  • Editing Java scripts
  • LAN maintenance and installation
  • Online writing samples

    Seattle PI Citybrights
    Weekly blog on a variety of subjects from personal to politics for readers of the online Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

    Microsoft Office Online Learn How to Spell HTML
    The value of learning how to code in HTML even for those who use an HTML editing tool like Front Page

    YES! Magazine New Orleans Forgotten
    In New Orleans, months after Katrina, it's all about the spirt.