Time to move on – the need to end this blog

Since someone recently encountered this blog, I thought it important to reiterate that this blog is no longer being updated. So sorry.

To see what I am doing now, visit tstargos.com. Have a great day.

TS Targos

HISTORY
I started this blog in late 2010 to see how Word Press worked – it was in order to say that I had experience with the blogging site to state it in a job application. I did not get that job.

I then used this site for a class I was at talking in the winter of 2011 on Visual Literacy at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). I rarely posted to it and frankly no one – not even my instructor read it.

Once the MIAD class ended in April 2011, I occasionally posted examples of my work that I thought would worth sharing – I mean to say documenting. I stopped posting as soon as started getting busy with two jobs, the end of my studies at Gateway Technical College, volunteer work and try to find a job to use my project management skills. My…

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This Blog / WebSite No Longer Used

For more up-to-date information on my work, please visit http://www.tstargos.com.


Work Progress – Example of an Obituary page from the Delavan Enterprise

As an editorial assistant at the Delavan Enterprise weekly newspaper, I was responsible for writing all obituaries (based information received from families and funeral homes) and laying out the content for the obituary page – this also meant writing/editing other articles and news briefs for the page.

The attached example is from the Obituary page (page 4) from the October 22, 2011 edition of the Delavan Enterprise.

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Time to move on – the need to end this blog

HISTORY
I started this blog in late 2010 to see how Word Press worked – it was in order to say that I had experience with the blogging site to state it in a job application. I did not get that job.

I then used this site for a class I was at talking in the winter of 2011 on Visual Literacy at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). I rarely posted to it and frankly no one – not even my instructor read it.

Once the MIAD class ended in April 2011, I occasionally posted examples of my work that I thought would worth sharing – I mean to say documenting. I stopped posting as soon as started getting busy with two jobs, the end of my studies at Gateway Technical College, volunteer work and try to find a job to use my project management skills. My last post was almost a year ago.

WHY END THE BLOG
Now, as I am looking to update my “digital presence” (such as a new look to my website tstargos.com), I thought it was time to bring this blog to closure as well.

If you are interested in seeing more recent samples of my project management and technical communications work, please visit tstargos.com.

Thanks for visiting.


Work Activity Sample – Ad produced for the Kenosha Community Foundation to celebrate an NAACP event

Ad created for the Kenosha Community Foundation to commemorate the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner


Work Activity Sample – Obituary Page from the Delavan (WI) Enterprise

One of my main responsibilities as a copy and production editor at the Delavan Enterprise is to write/edit all obituaries and death notices (they need to adhere to AP Stylebook standards) . I also layout the Obituary page of the newspaper (which is always page 4) and post all obituaries/death notices to the publishers news page (go to mywalworthcounty.com).

Below find a PDF of the obituary page from the Sept. 22, 2011 edition of the Delavan Enterprise:


My Experience Writing / Working for a Local Newspaper

In 2010, I began writing for Southern Lakes Newspapers which publishes the local, many free newspapers for communities in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Since the beginning of my experience with So. Lakes Newspapers, I have been (continue to be) a contributing writer to the Newspaper’s lifestyle magazine – The Breeze.  Previously, I have posted some of the articles that I developed for The Breeze on this blog – at the end of this post find a PDF of a recent example.

Click on the link below to view an article on spring gardening tips that was published early this summer:

The Breeze June 2011 Gardening

In 2011, I joined the editorial staff of one of the newspapers – the Delavan Enterprise. In this part-time position, among my responsibilities:

1) edit copy for the paper – obituaries, death notices, local sports scores, birth/wedding announcements, letters to the editor, spot news
2) contribute to the newspaper’s newsblog (see www.mywalworthcounty.com)

NOTE: I was scheduled to take a newswriting course at Columbia College this summer (and considered taking it this fall) but it cost over $1,000 and would have involved a three-four commute to Chicago, twice-a-week.  With my job at the Delavan Enterprise, I am learning/practicing the same concepts that were to be covered in the class, but now I am getting paid for it (and the office is only 40 minutes from where I live).

How I Got Started
I saw a free publication – The Breeze – and say that the publishers were looking for story submissions. I emailed the editor and proposed a story that was based on an idea on independent, local coffee houses in Kenosha County (I had come up for the idea for a faux magazine cover for a Photoshop class I was taking. A month I had completed coffee house visits, interviews with owners and photos of shops – the article was published.

A month after that the check for the stories and photos arrived (which I used to buy a new iPod Nano). A year later and I am still hooked and I can official call feature writing my hobby.