© 2019 by Will Flannigan. 

Digital Native, Journalist & Comic

Will Flannigan

 

About Me

I'm a reader-focused multimedia professional with a long history of executing innovative ideas that increase user engagement across platforms. Oh, and I also enjoy making audiences involuntarily erupt in laughter.

I believe journalism went through an approachability crisis for many years. The explosion of social media upended generations of journalistic instinct and forced many legacy reporters, editors and publishers to face a grim reality: legacy media was competing for audience with digital only outlets, television, film, video games and other forms of infotainment.

I believe we must change the way we approach journalism, and publishing, to continue bringing high quality, factual and unbiased information to the public. 

 

Work Experience

The Arizona Republic - Phoenix
 

Video Innovation Strategist - May 2018 - PRESENT

Will used his skills in Premiere Pro and After Effects to create a visual style for azcentral videos and to enrich video content across the website. He also managed azcentral’s YouTube page, growing its audience by more than 700 percent in eight months. Additionally, he helped produce and direct a variety of videos including live shows (including political debates), fact checks, explainers and news pieces.

Social News/Video Planner - Sept. 2017 - May 2018

Promoted to social news and video planner. Will worked with reporters, editors and designers to produce stories, video and other multimedia with a focus on a social audience. Common story forms included: explainers, listicles, interactive maps, searchable databases, highly visual landing pages and more. He also managed and edited a reporter who was on the lookout for stories that had shareable potential.

Online Producer - March 2014 - Sept. 2017

Will worked on azcentral’s digital desk . While there he copy edited stories, crafted headlines and consulted with reporters and editors on how to format stories for a digital audience. He also utilized SEO, HTML, CSS, Adobe Analytics, Mapping and Data Visualization tools to help broaden audience and bring additional depth to azcentral’s reporting.

Freelance Web Administrator/Designer, Consultant (2015 - Present)

Will's approach to web design and management is an collaborative and inclusive one. He works with clients one-on-one to suss out their immediate needs and their long-term goals. After an initial design and set-up he trains clients on site management. 

Farm & Dairy - Salem, Ohio (April 2012 - March 2014)

Digital Editor / Designer

Will brought Farm and Dairy into the digital age with a strategy that took the paper’s core audience and expanded it by targeting homesteaders and young farmers with relevant content including videos and infographics. Will reported on alternative agriculture including aquaculture, vertical farming and other forward-looking movements within farming. 

 

Skills

ADOBE SUITE

Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop and other Adobe software

AP STYLE

Quick, clean copy for scripts, stories and other needs

SEO

Six years of search engine optimization experience

SOCIAL MANAGEMENT

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter account management and growth

ANALYTICS

Adobe Omniture, Google Analytics and Facebook Insights

HTML & CSS

Editing and tweaking code for webpages, etc.

COLLABORATION

Leads by example and thrives in a collaborative environment

VOICE & ON-CAMERA

Competent and comfortable voicing a script or as personable on-camera personality

 

Contact Me

1502 East Osborn Road, APT 247

Phoenix, Arizona 85014

wflannig@gmail.com
Tel: 330-692-1932

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