L.J. Williamson

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Experience

 

Entertainment and Culture Writer and Blogger October 2000-Present

 • Regular contributor to Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar covering New Media. Beat requires keeping abreast of Internet culture, spotting trends and subcultures before they are widely known and writing about them with richness devoted to film, television and other traditional media.  Stories have included “Facebook Group Helped With Cancer Support,” “Candy Crush Saga Gives Addicted Players A Sugar Rush,” “Burning Man’s Big Hangup: Cell Phones.”

 

• Regular contributor of stories and photos to L.A. Weekly covering Los Angeles arts, music, food and culture for print edition and for blogs for nation’s largest alternative newspaper. Premium on sprightly and entertaining writing for Weekly’s in-the-know audience. Coverage draws on a lifetime of observing Los Angeles culture and requires a deep list of contacts around the region.  Recent story drew more than 100,000 page views and 10,000 Facebook “likes.” Create unique content, including stories, graphics and photos for annual Sex in Los Angeles issue and popular annual feature, “The Year in Lego,” depicting major news events in Lego.

 

• Travel, culture, and opinion contributor to KPCC radio program Off-Ramp, Christian Science Monitor, L.A. Daily News, Salon.com, Sunset, Flavorpill L.A., PopDose.com, American Way, Utne, Women’s Adventure, L.A. Parent, Ensemble Vacations, Babble.com, Westworld Alberta.  

 

• Founder of hyperlocal blog in North San Fernando Valley, writing stories on local politics, community issues, local businesses, cultural events, dining, entertainment. Organized events such as food festivals and movie nights to promote website. 

 

Editor, Valley Life Magazine   January 2010 to December 2010

 Edited lifestyle magazine serving the West San Fernando Valley. Determining feel and content of magazine, assigning stories to writers, arranging celebrity interviews, writing, researching and assigning stories on dining, shopping, home, garden, travel and entertainment. 

 

Music News Blogger, Feed The Monster Media, Inc. January 2010 to December 2010

 Developed new content and features for award-winning web design firm serving major-market radio stations KROQ.com, LIVE105.com, and B96.com. Wrote, researched, and edited daily music news, artist biographies, promotional copy, interactive quizzes and entertainment content.

 

Education

University of California at Santa Barbara B.A. 

Wrote weekly column for school newspaper, The Daily Nexus

Los Angeles Pierce College A.A. 

 

Skills

Use of social media to promote content, SEO, HTML, familiarity with WordPress and most blogging platforms, Photoshop. Photography to accompany most stories.

 

Awards

Finalist, Los Angeles Press Club 2014 Southern California Journalism Awards

Finalist in two categories, Los Angeles Press Club 2013 Southern California Journalism Awards

 

 

 

L.J. Williamson's writing has appeared in

The Los Angeles Times:

L.A. Weekly

The Christian Science Monitor

Sunset Magazine 

KPCC's Off Ramp 

American Way 

Salon.com

The Utne Reader

Babble.com

OnEarth Magazine

DailyMantra.com

Hipmama

Birmingham Black & White News

Nevada Magazine

Santa Cruz Good Times

Rocky Mountain Bullhorn

Ottawa Citizen

Colorado Springs Independent

The Hook (Charlottesville)

The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine 

Hampton Roads Monthly