Resume

Ryan Ottney
New Boston, Ohio

Writer/Editor; Communications, media, journalism, scriptwriting, fiction

SUMMARY

I am a creative and award-winning writer, always searching for opportunities in the field of writing, editing, publishing, communications, or a related area. I enjoy reading, writing, comic books and pop culture, listening to music, and enjoy following current events and social trends. I am seeking an exciting opportunity as a writer and/or editor in the areas of communications, journalism, or creative fiction writing. I am neither able nor interested in relocation at this time, and I would prefer an opportunity either in my community or that will allow telecommuting – as I have successfully telecommuted in the past.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director of Communications
South Central Ohio Educational Service Center; New Boston, Ohio
October 2015 – Present
— I am responsible for all media and communications, including news releases, photos, website, social media, graphic design, newsletters, media relations, and internal and external communications. I also provide similar services to 18 area school districts and our school insurance network. In this job, I have received four awards from the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) – of which I am a member – including ‘Best of the Best Writing’ Award in 2017.

Managing Editor
Portsmouth Daily Times; Portsmouth, Ohio
December 2013 – October 2015
— I was promoted from staff writer to managing editor in December 2013, managing a newsroom staff of writers and photographers to produce a daily community newspaper. I was responsible for story assignments, editing, and page planning, as well as numerous special projects, social media and website, and I was part of a complete rebranding of our newspaper.

Staff Writer
Portsmouth Daily Times; Portsmouth, Ohio
August 2006 – December 2013
— Write and edit news stories, and take photos for a daily community newspaper in southern Ohio. As a writer I was responsible for reporting local schools, arts, governments, and community features. In this job, I received multiple awards, including the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Award for ‘Best Enterprise Feature’ for a story about racism in local schools.

Elections Reporter
The Associated Press; Columbus, Ohio
January 2004 – November 2014
— Report local election results to The Associated Press. This was seasonal employment only.

Writer
Alias Enterprises, LLC; San Diego, California (telecommute)
November 2005 – June 2006
— While I was employed as Communications Coordinator for Alias Enterprises, I was also writing a series of published comic books. I wrote the series ‘The Legend of Isis,’ and several one-shot stories and graphic novels, including ‘The 10th Muse: Odyssey.’ In addition to writing, I was also a key player in the development, editing, and art direction of these, and other publications.

Communications Coordinator
Alias Enterprises, LLC; San Diego, California (telecommute)
November 2005 – June 2006
— Wrote news releases, solicitation copy, mailer copy, and website copy; maintained media mailing lists, and maintained website. Responsible for overall media awareness and requests.

Communications Coordinator
Blue Water Productions; San Diego, California (telecommute)
January 2003 – November 2005
— Wrote news releases, solicitation copy, mailer copy, and website copy; maintained media mailing lists, and maintained website. Responsible for overall media awareness and requests.

Freelance Writer
Huntington Herald Dispatch; Huntington, West Virginia
January 2004 – January 2005
— Covered local news from southern Ohio for West Virginia newspaper.

Freelance Writer
Marvel Entertainment; New York, New York (telecommute)
January 2003 – January 2005
— Was commissioned, and wrote several comic book scripts and treatments for Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and others.

Staff Writer
Portsmouth Daily Times; Portsmouth, Ohio
April 2000 – June 2001
— Write and edit news stories, and take photos for a daily community newspaper in southern Ohio. As a writer I was responsible for reporting local schools, arts, governments, and community features.

EDUCATION

Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, Ohio; 2004-2006
BA in English with Communications concentration and journalism minor.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Society of Professional Journalists
August 2006 to January 2009

Ohio School Public Relations Association
November 2015 to Present

Public Relations Society of America; River Cities Chapter
February 2017 to Present

HONORS & AWARDS

101 Best Websites for Writers
Writer’s Digest Magazine; January 2006

Infinity Award for reporting issues of organ and tissue donation
Lifeline of Ohio; August 2010

Media Honor Roll (with Ohio Senate recognition)
Ohio School Boards Association; November 2010

Media Honor Roll Ohio
School Boards Association; November 2012

Best of Heartland News Reporting
Heartland Publications; December 2012

Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Award (with Ohio Senate recognition)
Ohio APME; May 2013

Public Images Award for reporting issues of developmental disabilities
Ohio Public Images; April 2014

Achievement Awards
Ohio School Public Relations Association; March 2017

PUBLICATIONS

“The Legend of Isis” (comic book series)
Alias Enterprises, 2006

“The 10th Muse: Odyssey” (comic book graphic novel)
Alias Enterprises, 2006

“Digital Webbing Presents #26: The Prometheus Effect” (comic book one-shot)
Digital Webbing Press, 2005