John Meils

Experience:

CONTRIBUTING WRITER - Washington City Paper / Washington, D.C. (June 2017-present)

Report and write for D.C.’s alt-weekly on legislative, health and education topics, plus contributed Loose Lips and Young & Hungry columns, including cover stories on D.C.’s marijuana legalization quagmire and another on post-Trump statehood prospects.

REPORTER - Capital News Service / University of Maryland / College Park (August 2016-Dec. 2017)

Covered a range of issues including climate, law enforcement, national security and politics as part of a mid-career return for a master's in journalism. Studied audience engagement at the Washington Post and the rise of fake news/disinformation under journalist Dana Priest.

Reporting highlights:

FREELANCE WRITER - Lima / Yangon / D.C. (Nov. 2005-July 2016)

Wrote for publications including Elle, Men’s Health, and Tango on a range of topics from male fertility to the science of seduction and sleep deprivation, including personal essays on the gender divide. Contributed cover profiles on celebrities. Segued into travel writing upon moving abroad with foreign service spouse to South America and southeast Asia.

MANAGING EDITOR - WEbook.com / New York, NY (Nov. 2008-Nov. 2009)

Oversaw all facets of book selection and production for social network/crowd-sourced publisher. Helped conceive and maintained site's content initiatives. Served as overall community manager for site's writers, readers and reviewers.

SENIOR EDITOR - Melcher Media / New York, NY (Oct. 2001-Sept. 2004)

Managed all aspects of lead projects for top-tier book packager and publisher, from acquisition to selling into trade. Developed editorial concepts, directed art and managed budgets, directing teams of five to ten editorial, art, and production freelancers per book on crash schedules.

MANAGING EDITOR - Impact! magazine + Impact247.com / Vanguarde Media / New York, NY (June 2000-Aug. 2001)

Directed all editorial, design and production for 22-year-old weekly urban music and radio trade publication. Maintained editorial calendar and copy flow for more than 20 articles and music reviews per week. Increased ad sales by more than 100 percent in less than six months while leading magazine re-design and overhauling editorial architecture.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Nurules.com / New York, NY (Oct. 1999-June 2000)

Conceived, built, and maintained editorial architecture of urban culture Web property. Devised consumer-driven editorial to highlight happenings and reviews in urban music, film and TV.

EDITOR - Workman Publishing / New York, NY (Aug. 1996-Sept. 1999)

Project editor specializing in heavily illustrated, four-color lifestyle books in addition to managing a licensed book series for Smith & Hawken.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR / ASST. EDITOR - Macmillan Publishing USA / New York, NY (Oct. 1994-Oct. 1996)

Acquired and edited various four-color illustrated lifestyle books. In addition to stand-alone titles, managed license program for Horticulture magazine and Burpee Seed Co. books.

PUBLICIST - Stewart, Tabori & Chang Book Publishers / New York, NY (March 1994-Sept. 1994)

Supported all publicity and promotional campaigns for new and existing books. Wrote press materials, booked speaking/signing tours, pitched media.