L.J. Williamson

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L.J. Williamson

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L.A. Weekly Features Writer   12/10 to Present
Writing feature articles and blogging on culture, arts, music, and news for Los Angeles' second-largest newspaper.
Giga Granada Hills Editor 6/09 to 12/11
Creating and promoting a hyperlocal blog serving the Granada Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley which reached 10,000 unique readers per month.
Valley Life Magazine Editor  12/09 to 12/10
Assigning, editing, proofreading, fact-checking articles for bimonthly lifestyle publication.  Responsible for overseeing work of freelancers and working with lead designer to determine the look and direction of the magazine from month to month.  
Various PublicationsFreelance Writer and Blogger  1999 to Present
Researching and writing articles for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Babble.com, Utne, L.A. Weekly, Daily Mantra.com, and others.  Complete list of publications is below.  
W. W. Norton, Inc. Freelance Writer  
1/01 to 12/01
Working with authors of a college textbook writing supplementary materials for the text and developing content for its companion website. 
Feed The Monster Media, Inc. Writer/Editor  
11/99 to 10/00

Developed new content and features for award-winning web design firm serving major-market radio stations (e.g. KROQ.com, LIVE105.com, and B96.com). Wrote, researched, and edited daily music news, artist biographies, promotional copy, interactive quizzes and entertainment content. The firm closed in October 2000.

LFP, Inc. Editor & Monthly Columnist  
12/98 to 8/99

Edited true crime magazine. Responsibilities included editing articles, writing a monthly column, contributing book and movie reviews, acting as liaison between freelancers and Executive Editor, expediting copy flow between departments, composing cover lines, headlines, deck heads, photo captions, table of contents and "Coming Next Month" pages. Additional responsibilities included fact-checking, implementing changes in Quark XPress layouts and supervising blueline changes.

All About You Magazine Freelance Writer  
3/98 to 1/99
Wrote various lifestyle articles for national newsstand publication that reaches more than 1 million teen girls.
L.A. Weekly Fact-Checker  
1/98 to 1/99
Edited and fact-checked articles for alternative weekly as part of the newspaper’s internship program.
Eton-Derma Labs Advertising Copy Editor  
November 1996
Composed and edited advertising copy for cosmetic company's web site on a freelance basis.
The Daily Nexus Weekly Columnist  
Wrote weekly advice column addressing college community health and sexuality concerns.
University of California at Santa Barbara B.A., Sociology  
June 1994
Los Angeles Pierce College A.A., English  
June 1990
Windows and Mac operating systems, Quark XPress 4.0, Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Access Database, Fact Checking and Research
Backpacking, drums, performing arts, costuming
Los Angeles Area Coordinator, The Burning Man Project

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Linda Williamson's Writing Has Appeared in:

The Los Angeles Times

L.A. Weekly

The Christian Science Monitor

Sunset Magazine 

American Way 


The Utne Reader


OnEarth Magazine



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