2482 18th Avenue • Sacramento, California 95820 • (469) 323-5251 • rachel.duke22@gmail.com

Writer/Editor/Social Media Specialist

  • Created and implemented Facebook and Twitter at established print publications, working independently and with small creative teams.
  • Led independent research in Washington, D.C. on women’s struggle with pornography, including attending several meetings within Capitol Hill.
  • Directed and produced a PSA package on Habitat for Humanity, in fall of 2009.
  • Co-workers know me to be eager, energetic, proactive, willing to implement new projects.


DMNmedia – The Dallas Morning News (DMN)

Texas Wedding Guide & Design Guide Texas (acquired by DMN fall ’12), Advertising/Marketing Copywriter 

January 2012 – Present

  • Write, edit and post online editorials/blogs, videos and website content
  • Write copy for print editions and proofread print edition for both publications
  • In charge of putting together content and graphics for monthly e-newsletter for both publications; coordinate and update event calendar; work closely with production team to ensure copy is effectively integrated in design and copy
  • Write up press releases and daily update media outlets with ideas and inspirations for homeowners, design professionals, brides and wedding professionals
  • Formerly organized and executed corporate events for the magazine, both for networking and for our clients. Role shifted and became more specialized in the transition with DMN.
  • Work with production to create editorial and contest calendars
  • Introduce marketing and branding ideas to CEO for consideration and approval

White Rock Lake Weekly, Copy Editor

November 2011 – January 2012

  • A part-time copy editor and freelancer for a Dallas local newspaper.
  • Transfer articles from In Design to Word and send them off to our online editor.

WE & MBN Magazines, Print & Online Assistant Editor

February 2011 – December 2011

  • Updated all four websites daily/weekly with relevant press releases and supplier diversity news
  • Coordinated social media platforms
  • Proofed editorial content both for the online and print publications

The Washington Times, Reporting Intern

May 2010 – August 2010

2ndSaturday, Journalism Intern

January 2010 – June 2010

  • Video production: coordinating interviews, filming, editing, writing and production

The Daily Update, Crew

August 2009 – December 2009

  • Writer for Arts and Entertainment section of SMU’s student run newspaper

The Daily Campus, Contributing Writer

August 2009 – Present

• Writer for Arts and Entertainment section of SMU’s student run newspaper

The Daily Mustang, Staff and Contributing Writer

August 2009 – Present

• Administrative staff for SMU’s online campus news website, spring 2010

• Writer for Shift Magazine and Blogs section


J. Crew Crew-Cuts, Sales Associate

September 2007 – May 2009

• Contributed directly to the achievement of sales by assisting customers both on the sales floor and on the phone with purchases.

  • Responsible for sales, stocking, and inventory.

JP Morgan Chase Bank, Teller

October 2006 – May 2007 

        • Provided quality customer service and handled all paying and receiving transactions

efficiently and accurately.


Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

December 2010

  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

°     Minor: History, Overall GPA: 3.775

°     SMU Honor Transfer Scholarship recipient – For students transferring with a GPA of 3.7 and above

°     SMU Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship recipient

°     2009 Summer SMU-in-London Study Abroad

°     2009 Summer SMU-in-Taos Scholar

  • Chairperson, “9/11: Never Forget Project”, September 2010

Richland College, Dallas, Texas

August 2008

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society


• Microsoft Office • Picasso III • Photoshop   

• Final Cut Pro • Studio Cameras • Twitter

• Flip • Blogger • Garage Band • Soundslides

• Photography • Facebook • YouTube

• WordPress • Organization • Teamwork

• Database 101 (CARR) Certified

ACTIVITIES and INTERESTS:                                                                                     

  • Blogger
  • Photography
  • UGM Men’s Homeless Shelter, Volunteer
  • White Rock Court Retirement Home, Volunteer


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