Andy Johnston

Summary

  • An award-winning creative professional with 25 years of experience, the past 13 in management.
  • Results-driven personality with excellent organizational, managerial, personal and computer skills.
  • As a writer, covered everything from high schools to bowl games, Olympics, Super Bowl and Masters.

Experience

June 2007-present
Co-owner, FastCopy Communications, Watkinsville, GA

  • Founded and co-own, with wife, successful freelance writing and editing business that operates Fast Copy News Service.
  • Write College Football Insider blog, notebooks, Q&A on the News for Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Wrote stories, columns, Twitter updates while covering Atlanta Braves for Fox Sports South in 2012.
  • Wrote and edited college football and basketball briefs, stories on deadline for The Associated Press.
  • Company contributed more than 1,000 stories to newspapers, magazines and websites in 2012.
  • Develop story ideas, edit copy, write stories, video scripts and corporate materials on deadline.

April 2003-May 2007
Sports Editor, Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, Ga.

  • Planned and put into action yearly budget, including salaries, travel and correspondents.
  • Built 7-person staff into cohesive team that dominated circulation class in APSE and state contests.
  • Hired, trained and coached writers, clerks and correspondents; mentored college students.
  • Revamped yearly college football guide and weekly supplement into cutting-edge advertising tool.
  • Partnered with other departments, designers, graphic artists to build and promote special packages.
  • Wrote game stories, features, columns; designed and edited daily sections and special sections.

August 2001-March 2003
Assistant Sports Editor, Charlotte Sun, Port Charlotte, Fla.

  • Helped manage six-person staff, coordinating writers, editors and photographers for daily newspaper.
  • Covered NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the paper’s high profile beat, during Super Bowl title year.
  • Redesigned yearly football guide into modern section that earned paper its first APSE award.

January 2001-August 2001
Sports Writer, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Clients included AP, New York Daily News, Charlotte Observer and Charlotte Magazine.

July 1999-January 2001
Sports Editor, Crosswalk.com, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Worked with team of designers to build Christian website’s sports channel and content tools.
  • Assembled team of 25 freelance writers and contributors and directed daily editorial operation.
  • Developed marketing initiatives that helped surpass company’s page view goals every quarter.
  • Received monetary bonus for leading company’s top channel in terms of page views.

March 1999-July 1999
Sports Producer, CNN/SI.com, Atlanta, Ga.

  • Supervised 10-man shift two nights a week and was responsible for editing and organizing pages.
  • Helped create, and also wrote and produced CNN/SI.com’s first nightly e-mail newsletter.
  • Worked with writers, other producers and assistant producers to plan projects and sections.

Other Experience

  • Sports Copy Editor/Writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta May 1998-March 1999
  • Sports Editor, Marietta Daily Journal, Marietta, Ga. Feb. 1998-April 1998
  • Sports Writer, Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Ga. July 1992-Jan. 1998
  • Sports Writer, Athens Daily News/Banner-Herald, Athens, Ga. April 1988-July 1992

Education

  • BA, Journalism, University of Georgia, 1988
  • AA, Young Harris College, 1986