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E RICA H INTON

508 Barksdale Dr. Raleigh, NC 27604


919.609.9558 ericahinton@hotmail.com

COPYWRITING. EDITING. JOURNALISM. E-COMMERCE.


Knowledgeable E-commerce Writer, Editor, Journalist and Freelancer with a 20-year history across multiple
communications platforms. Ability to write and distribute different pieces in a timely manner. Expertise in
communicating in written and oral forms. Skilled editor and liaison. Highly accomplished in Marketing, Public Relations,
Communications and E-commerce writing, including brochures, press releases, advertisements and websites. Examples of
work can be found at http://ericahinton.weebly.com.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Microsoft Office
Photoshop
Weebly
MailChimp
SurveyMonkey

Photography
Videography
Dreamweaver
Squarespace
E-commerce

DocuMatix
TestTrack
Teamwork
Problem Solving
Deadline-Oriented

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Image Associates, Inc., RTP, NC
June 2016 Present
Freelance Editor
Editing of marketing materials, presentations, annual reports and other tasks, as assigned. Primary clients are the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Toxicology Program, both divisions of the National
Institutes of Health.
ERICA HINTON COMMUNICATIONS, Raleigh, NC
Feb. 2015 Present
Freelance Writer
Marketing, E-commerce, Journalism and Public Relations writing and editing for small- to mid-sized companies, and
marketing/communications firms. Accomplished at overseeing and completing large communications tasks on time and
under budget.
NORTH CAROLINA OFFICE OF STATE TREASURER, Raleigh, NC
May 2014 Feb. 2015
Communications Officer
Oversaw communications and served as liaison between the NC Total Retirement Plans, Prudential and TIAA-CREF to
ensure brand consistency, cohesiveness and one voice. Created communications plans to educate current and potential
membership bases about complex financial, investment and legislative issues. Worked closely with the Department of
State Treasurers Communications Team to write and distribute advisories and press releases, set up media events, and
garner positive attention for the Retirement Systems Division (RSD). Part of team tasked with uniting NC Total
Retirement Plans and NC Pension Plans under on RSD umbrella. Wrote and edited marketing materials, talking points
and PowerPoint presentations for statewide and national conferences. Maintained RSD portion of Department website.
Worked with partnering organizations to distribute pertinent communications to their membership bases. Conducted
member surveys and analyzed results.
ERICA HINTON COMMUNICATIONS, Raleigh, NC
May 2013 May 2014
Freelance Writer
Marketing, E-commerce, Journalism and Public Relations writing and editing for small- to mid-sized companies, and
marketing/communications firms. Accomplished at overseeing and completing large communications tasks on time and
under budget.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Raleigh, NC
Feb. 2007 Apr. 2013
Communications Officer
Edited a 180,000-circulation magazine. Represented the company at Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Greater Chamber of
Commerce events. Managed media relations. Initiated, developed, and edited employee intranet. Wrote and distributed
press releases, brochures, advertisements, direct mail pieces, and statement stuffers. Built and maintained business and

media relationships. Supervised annual reports and volunteer website. Handled content for marketing communications
with external clients. Assisted other departments with communication and marketing efforts. Enhanced internal
communication needs with other departmental support.
Promoted from a Communications Specialist to a Communications Officer within 18 months
Tracked and reported media efforts (avg. $40,000 per quarter)
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER, ETC., Raleigh, NC
Jan. 2001 Feb. 2007
Freelance Journalist
Contributed to the Raleigh News & Observer, Triangle Business Journal, AOL CityGuide, Wake Living, Fifteen-501, The Park Guide,
Business Leader, and The Corporate Relocation Guide. Wrote nightlife columns for The Raleigh News & Observer as well as for
Triangle.com. Became the Features Editor for Lather Weekly, a small magazine published in 2003.
NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNORS HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAM, Raleigh, NC
July 1999 Jan. 2001
Public Relations Officer
Wrote press releases, speeches, and educational materials. Developed and maintained media contacts. Served as
Webmaster. Created PowerPoint Presentations. Assisted with public service announcements development.
NEW BERN SUN JOURNAL, New Bern, NC
June 1998 Mar. 1999
Staff Writer
Generated ideas and articles for the environmental and legislative beats, including some photography.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, News/Editorial Sequence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Member, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
Member, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
Certified National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) Basic Public Information Officer
Certified, FEMA Advanced Public Information Officer
Certified, North Carolina Credit Union Cooperator