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jeannette seriousEXPERIENCE

Staff Writer, St. Louis Magazine, May 2007 – present

Research and write feature articles of all lengths for both St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Magazine At Home, and St. Louis Family; assist with editing, manage special publications and sections, tackle investigative projects and in-depth profiles.

Editor-in-Chief, St. Louis Magazine, February 2005 – May 2007

Set the tone and vision of the magazine; scheduled the editorial content; assigned and edited all feature articles, wrote profiles and researched service packages; coordinated editorial with art; mentored interns; promoted the magazine throughout the community; avoided lawsuits. During my tenure, newsstand sales increased by 54 percent, and total paid circulation increased by almost 50 percent. The magazine moved to a higher, more competitive circulation category and brought home a General Excellence and a Leisure/Lifestyle award from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Director of PR & Publications, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, 2003 – 2005

All writing and editing, coordination and art direction for the college alumni magazine and other publications. Assisted with redesign of alumni website; media relations and publicity. Basic photography and graphic design.

Staff Writer, The Riverfront Times, 1993 – 2003

Extensive, award-winning reporting on urban issues and culture—especially education, work, health, psychology, religion, law and public policy. Short- and long-form journalism in a range of styles.

Adjunct Instructor, periodically between 1992 and present

Saint Louis University, courses in creative nonfiction, editorial and feature writing, news reporting, basic journalism, multiculturalism; women’s studies.

Publications Supervisor, Barnes Hospital, 1991 – 92

Editor-in-chief of the award-winning Barnes Magazine.

Managing Editor, St. Louis Magazine, 1990 – 91

Responsible for planning, assigning and editing half the magazine. Magazine received General Excellence award from CRMA.

Publications Editor, Saint Louis University, 1984 – 90

Edited Universitas, the university’s quarterly alumni magazine. The magazine received several national awards, ranking with Harvard and Johns Hopkins.

Researcher and Editor, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, 1984

Did architectural and cultural research for the president, Gyo Obata; created an international corporate newsletter.

TEACHING & PRESENTATIONS

Courses taught at Saint Louis University: Creative Writing: Nonfiction; Newswriting; Feature and Editorial Writing; Multiculturalism; Women’s Literature (all upper-level undergraduate)

Workshop presentations for the Missouri Association of Publications at the UM-Columbia School of Journalism; the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education; Meramec Community College Writing Festival; the Writers Voice; the Ethical Society; area nonprofits

Scholarly presentations on Kate Chopin, St. Louis Area Historical Association, 1999; on ritual in literature, San Antonio Community Colleges conference, 1996

Judged Webster University’s Media Excellence Awards; Templeton Awards; Catholic Press Association Awards; CASE Awards

EDUCATION

Saint Louis University

Ph.D. with distinction in 1993, American studies, emphasis on contemporary literature (M.A. in 1984, emphasis on visual arts and architecture)

B.A. summa cum laude, 1982, in philosophy and communication

WRITING

Articles

Feature articles for Al Jazeera America; Alternet; O, The Oprah Magazine ; Glamour (articles reprinted in Spanish, British, Australian and South African women’s magazines); Seventeen; Family Circle; The Bark; Utne Reader; On the Issues; Boston Globe; At Home; St. Louis Home & Garden; Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, Playbill. Features picked up by U.S. News & World Report; The New York Times news service; Dateline; Intermission, textbook anthologies; alternative newsweeklies across the country

Books

  • A Circumstance of Blood  (Endeavour Press, U.K., 2016)
  • The St. Louis Woman’s Exchange: 130 Years of the Gentle Art of Survival (The History Press, 2012)
  • Ghostwritten cross-cultural autobiography, 62,000 words
  • The Broom Closet: Secret Meanings of Domesticity (Peter Lang, 1999)
  • Half Life: What We Give Up to Work (Virginia Publishing, 1993)
  • Co-author, A Child’s Story: Recovering Through Creativity (Cracom Press, 1993, Benjamin Franklin Award for Psychology)
  • Anthologized in Growing Ideas: A Reader for Writers; The Flood of ’93; Prisms of the Soul and Next to Godliness: Finding the Sacred in Housekeeping
  • Animals and Spirituality pocket book (Liguori Publishing, 2005)

Scholarly work cited in international dissertations, Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman, Reading Amy Tan, and Running a Three-Legged Race Across Time

Columns for National Catholic Reporter

Editing

A Higher Bid by Kathy Kingston

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? by Yong Zhao

Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity, by Keith Sawyer

 

AWARDS

City & Regional Magazine Awards: Finalist, 2016, for “Writer of the Year” and twice for “Feature Writing” ; 2015, for “Profile”; 2014, for “Reporting”; 2012, twice, for “Reporting”; 2011, for “Civic Journalism”

Great Plains Journalism Awards: winner, 2016, “Writer of the Year” and “Best Feature”; winner, 2015, “Magazine Feature” and “Magazine Profile”; winner, 2014, “Magazine Writer of the Year”; winner, 2013, “Best Feature”; winner, 2012, for “Newswriting” and finalist for “Magazine Writer of the Year”; winner, 2011, for “Magazine Feature Writing” and “Magazine Writer of the Year”

2011 Ranley Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, “Best Single Written Article”

2010 Virginia Betts White Quest Award from the Missouri Professional Communicators

Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award

James Beard Foundation Journalism Award

National Medical Writers Association Beth Fonda Award

National Education Writers Association Award

National Mental Health Association Reporting Award

National Black Journalists Feature Writing Award

National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Award

Eugene S. Pulliam Awards, finalist

Nixon Newspapers National Journalism Writing Awards, finalist

Society of Environmental Journalists Outstanding Feature Award

Five magazine awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education

Horace Mann Award from the Missouri National Education Association

Connie Rosenbaum Award from the Society of Professional Journalists

Multiple Sclerosis Society Science in Print Award; Manic-Depressive Society journalism award

Multiple awards from the Missouri Press Association; Catholic Press Association; Midwestern Psychiatric Association; Missouri Department of Mental Health; Black Journalism Society

Accepted into the American Society of Journalists and Authors