Lori Johnston

Summary

  • Prolific and award-winning writer and editor with 20 years of experience.
  • Self-starter who meets demanding daily deadlines and maintains strong relationships with editors and sources.
  • Professional mentor to college students and graduates.

Experience

September 2004-present
Co-owner, FastCopy Communications, Bogart, GA

  • Produce more than 400 articles, blogs, copy and photo slideshows annually for newspapers, magazines, websites and other media entities. Publications include: newspapers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Business Chronicle); magazines (Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, People, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Trend, Georgia Magazine, Robb Report Vacation Home, Pink, Gulfshore Business, Green Builder, Biz941); and websites (HGTV.com, WebMD.com, MSN.com, Aol.com, ReadersDigest.com, Bankrate.com, AgingCare.com, InsuranceQuotes.com, SavingforCollege.com).
  • Manage Fast Copy News Service, a team of more than a dozen writers
  • Create email, brochure copy and video scripts for companies such as American Express and Chase, non-profit organizations such as the Naples (Fla.) Area Board of Realtors and North Point Ministries, and universities, including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

2004-present

Adjunct professor, University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Consistently earn high ratings teaching News Reporting and Writing (JOUR 3410), Editing (JOUR 3510) and Magazine Writing (JOUR 5580).
  • Create learning goals and syllabi, and develop lesson plans and assignments to teach basic and advanced skills in a compelling matter.
  • Evaluate students and assign end-of-the-semester grades.
  • Mentor former students during their college and professional careers.

October 2003-September 2004
Reporter/weekend day editor, The Associated Press Atlanta bureau

  • Reported and wrote news, business and sports stories on deadline.
  • Oversaw team of writers as weekend supervisor.

June 2003-October 2003
Freelance writer/editor, Athens, GA

  • Contributor to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Athens Banner-Herald, Gulfshore Business and Gulfshore Life.

September 2001-June 2003
Editor, Gulfshore Business, Naples, FL

  • Helped redesign and relaunch Southwest Florida Business Magazine into Gulfshore Business, a glossy monthly regional publication under new ownership that covered a three-county region with 25,000 circulation.
  • Managed team of freelancers and art staff to produce an award-winning publication.

January 2001-September 2001
Freelance writer, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Contributed features to Charlotte Magazine and Charlotte Business Journal.

August 2000-January 2001
Editor, Crosswalk.com, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Added entertainment coverage to the Christian website, creating a traffic-generating section by managing a team of freelancers providing movie and TV reviews, interviews with celebrities and commentary.

August 1999-August 2000
Reporter, The Business Journal of Charlotte

  • Churned out multiple stories and a column on a weekly basis, working the health care and retail beats.

April 1997-August 1999
Reporter, The Associated Press, Atlanta

  • Covered national news and political figures, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and the Georgia Legislature.

June 1995-April 1997
Entertainment and teen writer, The Augusta Chronicle

  • Planned and wrote articles for the weekly entertainment and teen sections of the newspaper, along with daily and breaking news stories.

September 1991-June 1995
The Red and Black, Athens, GA

  • Rose up the ranks from staff writer to editor in chief of the independent daily student newspaper at the University of Georgia.

Awards and Guest Speaking

  • Guest speaker, 2017 and 2016 UGA Entrepreneurial Journalism Symposium
  • Charlie Award, 2016 Florida Magazine Association (Best In-Depth Reporting, Trade/Technical category) for Naples REALTOR® magazine story, “Safety First”
  • Commentator, Peabody Awards Collection’s The Peabody Decades event, March 2014, University of Georgia
  • Silver winner, 2013 Florida Magazine Association Charlie Award (Writing Excellence/Best Service Feature, Trade/Technical category) for Naples REALTOR® magazine story, “Closing the Door to Danger”
  • Silver winner, 2012 Florida Magazine Association Charlie Award (Best In-Depth Reporting less than 50,000 circulation) for Gulfshore Business story, “Emergency Conditions”
  • Instructor, Georgia Journalism Academy at the University of Georgia

Education

  • ABJ, Journalism (majoring in magazines), University of Georgia, 1995