Patrick Twohy   
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Experienced, thoughtful, technically adept, results-oriented, editorial manager for Web and print properties. Develops editorial Web applications that engage users and present user-generated input. Launched successful, profitable Web sites and e-mail newsletter publishing projects for American City Business Journals, Knight-Ridder newspapers, Intuit, Netscape, AOL and other organizations. Strong background in writing and editing for widely read online services, newspapers and wire services. Focuses on the user's experience to understand best ways to develop reader loyalty. Operates effectively in complex, fast-changing environments. Enjoys taking part in high-pressure, high-output operations.

Professional Background
San Francisco Business Times -- Senior Editor, Web managing editor -- 9/02 - 12/13
Handled all editorial functions connected with leading the planning and production of weekly in-depth Focus sections for a weekly business newspaper recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association as the best publication of its size in the state.

Led the San Francisco Business Times' database-backed reporting initiative, including identifying and formating data sets, developing web-based user interfaces and maintaining databases.
Worked with newsroom leadership team to lay out, edit and produce weekly front-of-book news sections.

As Web managing editor, took charge of overall direction of the Times' online reporting and presentation.

Provided mentoring and direction for reporting staff.

AOL Time Warner -- Netscape Netbusiness -- Senior Program Manager -- 7/00-9/01
Collaborated with senior site management and unit managers to develop overall editorial and design goals for the site and methods of attaining those goals for site dedicated to small business. Led development of editorial and design requirements.

Led continual improvement of user experience and site's responsiveness to user needs. Coordinated among programming staff, engineering, promotions and other units for systems to effectively gather and benefit from user input. Efforts resulted in many improvements in user flow through the site, improvements in site usability, and implementation of user-requested features.

Intuit -- and -- Numerous roles -- 1/99-6/00
Roles included responsibility for all editorial aspects of the small-business portal, including managing staff, budgeting, planning publishing calendar, coordinating promotions with promotional group, working with engineering departments to facilitate and launch site upgrades, monitoring and extracting actionable information from usability studies, and communicating management directives to staff.

Managed acquisition and presentation throughout the sites of news provided by numerous external partners. Met with representatives of news and information providers to understand their offerings. Collaborated with business development, product management and others to determine the best quality news and information feed sources, and reach agreements with outside partners to feeds.

Knight-Ridder -- Editor, Contra Costa Times web operation -- 4/96-12/98
Founded and directed development of design, editorial presentation, and staffing of pioneering, award-winning newspaper web site. Coordinated with Knight-Ridder network engineers to build automated content acquisition systems at the Contra Costa Times.

Knight-Ridder/Contra Costa Times -- Business Editor -- 2/89-4/96
Directed award-winning department of 12 staffers. Was responsible for leading business and personal finance coverage for the 200,000-plus circulation newspaper group. Department produced eight newspaper sections weekly, plus numerous quarterly products. Managed department personnel and budgeting.

Became business editor after serving as assistant business editor, copy desk editor, city editor of a satellite paper, and in other roles.

Other experience
Dow-Jones & Co. -- Professional Investor Report wire service -- Reporter -- High-speed stock and business news service for institutional investors.

Associated Press -- Pittsburgh -- Reporter -- Wrote on issues with national and international significance.

Lecturer and consultant on journalism and the Internet -- Various venues including UC-Berkeley, California State University, community colleges, and Contra Costa Newspapers.

Freelance writing and editing -- Numerous publications on broad range of topics.

Master of Science, Journalism -- Columbia University, New York. Levin Award for Middle East-based journalism.

Bachelor of Arts, Economics -- University of California at Santa Cruz, with honors.

PERL, PHP, HTML, Photoshop, HomeSite, Adobe Premier, Adobe InCopy/InDesign suite, Caspio database management, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, ftp, telnet, Unix/Linux, etc.

Examples of Work
  • User-generated map of wireless phone drop-call complaints in the Bay Area.
  • Map of state of California text database of ships that sank in California waters between the mid-16th century and 1990.
  • Reporting based on FBI's Uniform Crime Report for Bay Area and California cities.
  • Much more on request.

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