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Mark Allen

867 Pleasant Ridge Ave., Bexley, Ohio 43209 • 614-961-9666

Writer, editor, journalist and communication consultant with 27 years experience crafting clear, clean copy for the reader on behalf of a variety of clients. Focused on clarity and accuracy in print and online presentation. Team leader with experience in design, publishing and project development.

Mark Allen Editorial, Columbus, Ohio (2009 to present)

Clients have included National University (developmental editor for school of education and university reaccreditation applications); the Ohio Collaborative, Ohio State University (copy editor for early-childhood education website developed for the Department of Defense); Nationwide Financial Retirement Plans (in-house contract writer, editor and communication consultant); Columbus State Community College (developmental editor on 100-page Systems Portfolio reaccreditation application successfully submitted to Higher Learning Commission).

Online copyediting instructor: University of California at San Diego Extension, February 2012 to present. Teach capstone course, emphasizing substantive edit of a lengthy paper, in copyediting certificate program.

Elected to the executive board of the American Copy Editors Society for 2012-2014 term.

Contributor to Language Primer course at Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Twitter account (@EditorMark) offers daily tips on grammar, usage and style with 12,000 followers. Also active on Facebook and Google Plus, where I manage the 430-member Copy Editing community page.

Blogger, writing about issues of editing, usage and style at and Blog entry featured on Ragan’s PR Daily “Top Stories from Around the Web.” Several posts reprinted on Ragan Communications’ website and elsewhere.

Mentor to copy editors in transition, 2011 to present.


Editing workshop for Kappa Kappa Gamma national women’s fraternity editorial team, August 2013, Columbus, Ohio.

Freelancer’s Forum, organizer and panelist, American Copy Editors Society national conferences, 2011-2013.

ACES regional workshop co-presenter, October 2012, St. Louis, and September 2013, Las Vegas.

Expanding Our Editorial Skills panelist, Society for Editors and Proofreaders National Conference, York, England, September 2012.

Weathering the Publishing Storm, copyediting in the digital age: Copyediting Newsletter audio conference, May 2012.

Become a Numbers Person: Copyediting Newsletter audio conference, February 2011.

Professional affiliations

American Copy Editors Society, Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK), Editorial Freelancers Association, Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Bexley Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Metropolitan Club.

Other professional experience

The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio (2005 to 2009)

Copy editor. Various responsibilities including editing and writing headlines for A-section, metro section and business pages; serving as business liaison in charge of business-page production; late wire editor, making updates and corrections for makeover edition; early wire editor, responsible for story selection and placement, cover story suggestions and inside A-section layout; Web poster, responsible for keeping website updated after 5 p.m. Wrote and frequently updated copy-desk Web-posting guide, which became part of an intranet-based newsroom guide.

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

Lecturer. Taught newly restructured Editing course in the Journalism program.

The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1995 to 2005)

Sunday editor, 2003 to 2005. Responsible for A1 story selection, editing and page layout; building A-section wire pages; supervising sections; working with advertising and production staffs; supervising four-person Saturday copy-desk crew.

Essay editor, 2000 to 2005. Selected and edited weekly essay written by a community member. Wrote biographies of essayists.

Features copy editor, 2002. Filled in for three months on features desk. Designed and produced annual arts preview, features covers, entertainment covers and inside pages.

Evaluator for Michigan Associated Press annual member report, 2000, 2001, 2002. Headed state team in 2000 and special projects team in 2001.

Lead copy editor on annual Answer Book guide to West Michigan, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. Supervised final editing, photo selection, layout and design for 100- to 124-page tabloid, including work with advertising and production staffs.

Lead copy editor on six zoned weekly Community Editions, 1995 to 1997. Implemented redesign and moved zoned editions to full pagination. Supervised three-person zone copy desk crew.

The Mining Journal, Marquette, Michigan (1988 to 1995)

Copy editor for 20,000 circulation daily newspaper, 1992 to 1995; weekend wire editor, 1988 to 1992; features writer, 1992; education reporter, 1991 to 1992; bureau reporter, 1988 to 1991.

The Gratiot County Herald, Ithaca, Michigan (1988)

Editor of weekly newspaper. Implemented pagination system.

CM LIFE, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan (1985 to 1987)

Various positions including managing editor at nationally recognized college newspaper.


Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Graduate credits in the humanities, 1996-1997.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan: Graduate credits in history, 1996.

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan: Graduate credits in history, 1991-1993.

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan: bachelor’s degree in journalism, December 1987

Community service

Bexley Music Parents (vice president), Bexley Theatre Parents (Web site committee), Northview Schools Cultural Arts Committee (president), Northville Park Association (communications director), Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities (secretary).

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