Please use the link to download a PDF copy of my resume: Ephraim Payne Communications Resume


Freelance Writer and Newsletter Consultant

Eugene, Ore., January 2010 – present

• Write feature stories for the Eugene Weekly as a contributing writer (circulation: 36,100)
• Write and edit monthly newsletter for the City of Veneta (circulation: 4,500)
• Write feature articles for annual Natural Choice Directory for Willamette Valley
• Write feature stories for In Good Tilth Magazine

Media Relations Writer, Institutional Stove Solutions (Volunteer Position)

Cottage Grove, Ore., August 2012 – February 2013

• Wrote and edited a newsletter for 1,800 supporters
• Created and edited website content
• Introduced social media communications strategy, managed blog and launched Twitter campaign
• Developed media contact list and wrote news releases
• Edited business plan and statement of purpose

Editor, West Lane News

Veneta, Ore., June 2008 – December 2009

• Edited all content for the weekly newspaper (circulation: 1,150)
• Managed a staff of five to 10 freelance writers and photographers
• Recruited and trained 11 intern reporters

Reporter, Tri County News (Snowden Foundation Excellence in Journalism Internship)

Junction City, Ore., June 2007 – September 2007

• Wrote feature articles and education beat stories for weekly newspaper (circulation: 1,800)


University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts
Graduate Certificate in nonprofit management, expected June 2014

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication
• Bachelor of Science in journalism, Summa Cum Laude, June 2008
• William Gurney Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior Man, 2008
• Finalist, Hearst Foundation National Writing Championships, 2008
• Snowden Excellence in Journalism Program Ethics Award, 2007
• Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honors Society, 2007

California College of the Arts
• Illustration and Design, September 1992 – June 1994

• Experience with MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Google Documents
• Experience with social media monitoring tools such as TweetLevel, Ice Rocket and Social Mention