Thea Chard

Thea Chard

Writer, Editor, Comedian, Feminist, General Awesome Person

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hey there, Internet person! I’m Thea, a writer.a comedian.an editor.a freelancer.a blogger.a feminist.a journalist.a coffee addict.From Seattle. Based in Brooklyn. Did my time in LA.

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WRITER

I’m a journalist, screenwriter, happy wordsmith & all you can type writer monkey.

EDITOR

I’m okay at editing my own work. I’m fantastic at editing other people’s!

BLOGGER

When I need a quick writerly fix (which is often), I blog. Check out the bklyn rftp blog.

PHOTOGRAPHER

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Still, I somehow always find a need for both.

FILMMAKER

And sometimes I write things that turn into moving pictures.

COMEDIAN

And when all else fails, I laugh & try to bring others along for the ride!

WHERE I’VE WORKED

FUN FACTS


682+ BOOKS READ


371 IDEAS TEXTED


2 STAND-UP SHOWS


136 CRAZY THOUGHTS

 

WORK HISTORY

2011

Freelance Writer & Editor

ME, MYSELF AND I

I work as a freelance writer, editor, eBook editor and web designer and consultant, and spend my free time tying to make people laugh on dimly lit stages all around NYC. It’s tough work, but I wouldn’t know any other way. 

2012

Production Assistant

THE KNOT

I copy edited, fact checked and oversaw design items for publication in the upcoming winter/spring issue, and generally assisted in the implementation of a tight editing schedule to ensure production deadlines were met.

2011

Assistant Media Manager

URBAN PHILMS

I assisted with data capture, management and logging of tapes, as well as equipment preparation during film shoots, and handled the implementation of various tasks during set-up, filming and post-production.

2011

Production Assistant

ENDLESS PICNIC

I assisted with filming and post-production tasks related to company productions and projects.

2011

Transcriber

SHARP ENTERTAINMENT

I transcribed tape, interviews and b-roll for numerous reality TV shows, assisting story producers in the editing process for each series.

2009

Assistant Editor

XCONOMY.COM, SEATTLE BUREAU

As the assistant editor to the Seattle Bureau of Boston-based business news startup Xconomy.com, I pitched, researched and wrote features stories, breaking news and briefs on technology, business and economic news with local and regional ties. 

2009

Editor

QUEENANNEVIEW.COM (NEXT DOOR MEDIA)

I served as the editor, writer, photographer and web administrator of hyperlocal community news site QueenAnneView.com from 2009 to 2011, providing daily multimedia coverage of local issues, events, features & breaking news in Queen Anne, Seattle. During my tenure, I worked with news partner The Seattle Times on a pilot project partnering the local paper with hyperlocal publications around town to promote citywide multimedia projects and community-based coverage.

2009

Social Media Director

RC STRATEGIES GROUP

I helped small businesses develop, implement and manage their social media-based online presence, as well as oversaw the RC Strategies Group online platform via company blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

2009

Editorial Assistant

SEATTLE MAGAZINE

I wrote monthly feature stories and reviews of Seattle-area restaurants, events, arts and culture subjects and local figures, regularly pitching stories, conducting research and interviews, fact checking copy, and assisting editorial staff in the production cycle and planning of future issues.

2009

Web Development Administrator

AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA

I converted, edited and transcribed audio stories from APM’s Marketplace & Marketplace Money programs for online viewing using AP style and HTML editing, managing the web packaging of story copy, pictures/graphics and audio/video multimedia clips.

2009

Online Editor

DAILY TROJAN

I managed and curated the DT’s daily online content and presided over the layout of dailytrojan.com, as well as spearhead multimedia development through ongoing blogs, podcasts, image galleries/photo essays and more.

2008

Staff Writer, London Bureau

LOS ANGELES TIMES

I wrote news and feature stories for the Los Angeles Times’ foreign desk, “World” section. Additionally, I assisted the London bureau chief with interviews, research, editing and background reporting for various follow-up pieces.

2007

Editorial Assistant

LOS ANGELES TIMES

I assisted the LA Times Calendar and Metro sections with daily production needs, including collecting and distributing proofs from press to newsroom for final editing before printing.

2007

Features Editor

DAILY TROJAN

I managed submissions under the DT Lifestyle desk, oversaw a team of staff writers and editors to assign, edit & develop stories. I also wrote a weekly Lifestyle column entitled “Dirty Laundry”.

2007

Editorial Intern

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS

I researched and reported news and features stories, as well as assisted with daily production duties.

2007

Staff Writer

ANNENBERG RADIO NEWS

I researched stories, conducted interviews and scripted news pieces, as well as cut sound bites and built audio story packages.

2006

Design Director

DAILY TROJAN

I served as the Design Director of the Daily Trojan, heading up the day-to-day design as we went to press, managing a staff of designers, and launching the paper’s 2006 redesign.

2005

Staff Writer

DAILY TROJAN

I researched and wrote stories for the Lifestyle & City sections, assisted in fact checking, copy editing and section design for the Features desk.

EDUCATION HISTORY

2012

Scene Study

DEENA LEVY THEATRE STUDIO

I studied two-person scene performance for two years at the Deena Levy Theatre Studio, culminating in a professional showcase in June 2013.

2011

Improv & Sketch Comedy Writing

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

After moving to New York in 2011, I began taking improv and sketch writing classes at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

2009

Print Journalism & Creative Writing

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Southern California, where I double majored in Print Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication, and Creative Writing. There I began my journalistic career, publishing in the Los Angeles Times, USC’s Daily Trojan, and the Santa Monica Daily Press before graduation.

EDITING SKILLS

FINAL CUT

PRO TOOLS

AVID

DESIGN SKILLS

INDESIGN

PHOTOSHOP

ILLUSTRATOR

DEVELOPMENT SKILLS

WordPress

HTML

CSS

jQuery

TESTIMONIALS

INGRID RICKS

INGRID RICKS AUTHOR / ACTIVIST

Thea knows who she is and has the rare ability to transcend age and connect with anyone she meets. She’s a gifted writer who moves seamlessly from copywriting, to community journalism, to creative writing. But it’s her fearlessness and passion to stretch herself and carve her own path that sets her apart. Thea’s not scared of uncertainty; she thrives on it… She brings a wide and varied writing background––from journalism and creative nonfiction, to short stories, poetry, blogging, and humor writing. Give her five minutes of your time and you’ll understand why you need her. 

JOYCE CHEN

JOYCE CHEN MFA CANDIDATE, THE NEW SCHOOL / DAILY TROJAN EDITOR IN CHIEF 2008-2009

I had the great privilege of working with Thea first as a lifestyle writer under her editorship and then as her editor when she assumed the online editor position at USC’s Daily Trojan. Thea was the first editor to ever take on the newly created position, and she met and exceeded my expectations. She was proactive in finding new ways for the paper to expand its web presence with the use of more photo galleries and a more user-friendly interface. She was a great asset to the team with her can-do attitude, journalistic know-how and open lines of communication, and wouldn’t be anything less for any future company or employer she works with.

LESLEY WASSERMAN

LESLEY WASSERMAN MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATE, NYU

Thea Chard’s editing skills are superb in every sense of the word. She can seamlessly adapt her expertise according to the style of writing she is editing, from lyrical poetry to subject-specific technical essays. She is a master at perfecting word flow and honing in on powerful diction to convey the topic at hand.  As a woman who holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Print Journalism, Thea’s acute attention to detail is one of her strongest assets, as her eye and mind are vastly versatile. Thea was an enormous help to me when I was applying to graduate school. With her keen attentiveness to enhancing the foundation of my essays, I received admission New York University, Columbia University, and Sciences Po Paris. Thea’s ability to edit and augment any writing style is unparalleled.

DOWNLOAD MY RESUME

You can download my resume in pdf format if you like. I currently work as a freelance writer and editor and am always looking for new and interesting projects to get involved in. I love what I do!

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You can view my LinkedIn profile. I currently work as a freelance writer, editor and general word monkey. View my portfolio and follow updates on my work here on my website.

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MY WORKS

An ancient mystery set in stone

An ancient mystery set in stone

A new excavation at Stonehenge seeks to prove that it was not a shrine of the dead, but rather a temple of healing.

Born to run, but in which year?

Born to run, but in which year?

The oldest working man in Britain, at the age of 101, trains to run the London Marathon, stopping only for a beer and smoke break.

Campaign against Heathrow expansion hits new heights

Campaign against Heathrow expansion hits new heights

Greenpeace environmental activists fight a proposal to add a third runway to London's Heathrow airport by protesting on top of a plane on the runway.

Inquest of Diana’s death presses on

Inquest of Diana’s death presses on

Over a decade after the tragic deaths of Princess Diana and her partner Dodi Fayed, Dodi's father and Harrods department store owner Mohamed Fayed insists the royal family plotted to kill the couple.

What a Waste of Paper

What a Waste of Paper

MIND THE GAP, PLEASE

MIND THE GAP, PLEASE

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Thea Chard

Thea Chard

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