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Jenna Valdespino

Jenna Valdespino

Managing Editor, Attractions


San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Editor, writer, traveler.





AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange

Sr. Editorial Intern, VIA magazine

-Fact-checking cover stories, feature articles, and front-of-book pieces, amounting to half of each issue (+online stories)
-Researching, reaching out to PR contacts, and compiling photos to write event descriptions for eight states
-Providing input at editorial, art, and manuscript meetings
-Researching and writing front-of-book pieces and sidebars
-Generating cover lines and story ideas
-Writing and scheduling Twitter/Facebook copy pertaining to magazine and AAA brand

Career medium 02


Freelance writer, researcher, and fact-checker


Destinations Content Coordinator

Career medium 05

The Orion, Chico State


-Responsible for all decisions pertaining to the production of both the daily Web content and weekly print editions
-Proofreading, editing and evaluating all pages, stories, design and advertisements for quality, style and appropriateness
-Developing and implementing new deadline and production schedules to increase daily Web content
-Supervising, training and coordinating staffing while enforcing standards
-Working closely with business manager to develop annual budget


The Orion, Chico State

Managing Editor

-Hiring editorial board staff of nine
-Producing a new deadline and production schedule to incorporate daily content to the newspaper and its digital aspects
-Leading weekly editorial board meeting
-Assigning deadlines for each aspect of the newspaper
-Managing section editors (news, opinion, sports, features, online, photography, multimedia and chief copy editor) to ensure production runs smoothly
-Proofreading all pages and stories for quality, style, appropriateness, coherency
-Leading newspaper's social media efforts
-Working with InDesign to evaluate stories, art, design and advertisements

Career medium 04
Career medium 04

Diablo Magazine

Editorial Intern

-Fact-checking print stories for the East Bay Area monthly regional lifestyle publication
-Speaking to all story sources to ensure accuracy
-Writing blogs for
-Pitching stories for print publication
-Updating magazine restaurant listings for accuracy
-Researching story elements and ideas


Random House

Editorial Intern, Ten Speed Press

-Reviewing editorial submissions
-Attending and participating in editorial and acquisitions meetings
-Reviewing eBook files for accuracy in format, references and text
-Organizing errata files
-Pulled and presented to editors an unsolicited manuscript that went on to be published

Career medium 06
Career medium 04

The Orion, Chico State

Chief Copy Editor

-Hiring and overseeing a copyediting staff of seven
-Copyediting all five newspaper sections (60+ stories) weekly
-Proofreading and working closely with managing editor
-Using InDesign to proof newspaper layouts
-Editorial board member


The Orion, Chico State

Features Copy Editor

-Copyediting the features section (10+ stories) of the newspaper weekly
-Attending weekly section meetings to review copyediting guidelines with staff writers

Career medium 04

Active Interest Media

Editorial Intern, Yoga Journal

-Researching topics and products for stories
-Pitching story ideas
-Communicating with clothing/beauty/food companies for product pages
-Organizing model portfolios and author contracts
-Attending weekly editorial/art meetings


Cox Enterprises

KICU TV36 Sales/Advertising Intern

-Assisting account executives on sales calls
-Filing contracts and paperwork
-Creating Excel ratings spreadsheets
-Creating write-ups highlighting ratings
-Researching various advertisers

Career medium 03

California State University-Chico

BA, News journalism, English, environmental studies