Resume

Business Wire LogoBusiness Wire – A Berkshire Hathaway Company (Plymouth Meeting, PA)

Newsroom Editor
August 2016 – Present

  • Proofread and formatted press releases, media advisories, financial announcements and other confidential information to be distributed to local, national, or international news media and investors
  • Coordinated with international news affiliates to receive and prepare copy in multiple languages
  • Guided clients on choosing the proper geographical distribution for their news releases and made changes to their orders under tight deadlines
  • Managed and updated client email and fax lists
  • Monitored news releases after distribution for clarity and confirmation
  • Promptly resolved any issues (such as sending out corrections for releases which had already been disseminated) by using good judgment or escalating to upper management as necessary
  • Handled general sales questions, authorized credit card transactions, and executed upsell attempts when opportunities arose

 

Philly.com LogoPhiladelphia Media Network: Philly.com, The InquirerDaily News (Philadelphia, PA)

My first byline with The Philadelphia Inquirer on the Rally page of the Sports Section. Credit: Matt Cassidy

My first byline with The Philadelphia Inquirer on the Rally page (local high school sports coverage) of the Sports Section. (Photo Credit: Matt Cassidy)

Score Service Operator / Rally Sports Writer
January 2016 – November 2016

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• Gathered high school sports scores and statistics from around Greater Philadelphia for a major newspaper
• Contributed round-up articles for online and print versions of The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Rally section


The Town Dish logoThe Town Dish & Cider Culture 
(Online)

Close-up from a wine and cheese event at Blue Bell Country Club who contracted The Town Dish for social media content. Photo: Matt Cassidy

Close-up from a wine and cheese event at Blue Bell Country Club who contracted The Town Dish for social media content. (Photo: Matt Cassidy)


Contributing Writer
August 2015 – March 2016

• Covered community beats and developed content pertaining to the culinary culture of Greater Philadelphia
• Utilized Facebook, Twitter and Reddit to boost pageviews and interact with readers and vendors

 

PoliticsPA logo 2PoliticsPA.com (Online)

Jim Kenney answering questions from the press following his mayoral announcement. Photo Credit: Matt Cassidy

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney answering questions from the press following his announcement to run for mayor of Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: Matt Cassidy)

Contributing Writer
January 2015 – May 2015

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• Contributed to daily Morning Buzz, which covers politics across the state of Pennsylvania
• Prepared data-driven news articles using voter statistics and polling information
• Attended press conferences and broke stories pertaining to the 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race

 

phillymagbirds247Philadelphia Magazine – Birds 24/7 (Philadelphia, PA)

View from the Eagles Press Box. Photo Credit: Matthew Cassidy

View from the Philadelphia Eagles Press Box prior to a visit from the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo Credit: Matthew Cassidy)

NFL Beat Intern
August 2014 – December 2014

Full internship description and work samples

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• Worked first-hand with Eagles beat reporters Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus
• Prepared daily and weekly posts: What They’re Saying, Eye On the Enemy, Who’s Picking the Eagles
• Moderated live chats, updated social media, edited halftime posts and photos
• Created a weekly newsletter, moderated online comment sections, compiled photo galleries
• Produced and managed a Shopify-powered store in order to sell and ship blog-related merchandise


iHeartMedia logoiHeartMedia Inc. [formerly Clear Channel Media & Entertainment]
 (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

 

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Social Media / Web Content Intern
May 2014 – August 2014

• Mined internet for web content to drive page views for jocks at Mix 106 and Power 99
• Assisted in producing and editing segments for broadcast
• Supplied voiceovers for commercials, listen below

News / Public Affairs Intern
June 2013 – August 2013

• Worked first-hand with Loraine Ballard Morrill in the News/Public Affairs division
• Edited and produced shows such as Insight and What’s Happening which aired on WDAS

 

West Chester Story Slam logoWest Chester Story Slam (West Chester, PA)

Matt Cassidy performing a story during the West Chester Story Slam's "Career Opportunities" night in Sept. 2012 at Victory Brewing Co. (Photo Credit: Jim Breslin)

Matt Cassidy performing a story during the West Chester Story Slam’s “Career Opportunities” night in Sept. 2012 at Victory Brewing Co. (Photo Credit: Jim Breslin)

Cameraman / Storyteller
January 2013 – Present

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• Filmed performances; Competed on stage which requires writing and public speaking skills
• Check out some of my live performances at the Story Slam

 

Daily Local News logoDaily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Sports Intern
May 2012 – December 2012

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• Responsible for writing articles and meeting deadlines for a daily newspaper


 

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE:

TJ’s Restaurant and Drinkery (Paoli, PA)

Server / Craft Beer Guide June 2013 – September 2014

Illuminations Inc. (West Chester, PA)

Finance Intern September 2012 – May 2013

• Responsible for creating algorithms in Excel to track salesmen’s monthly expenses
• Completed reports on Booking Orders as well as Sales Transfers monthly and YTD


 

COMPUTER PROGRAMS & SKILLS

General: Deadlines, Field Reporting, HTML, Microsoft Office, Mac iOS, Windows
Social Media: CoverIt Live, Disqus, Facebook Insight, HootSuite, Instagram, LinkedIn, Periscope, Pinterest, Reddit, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter Analytics, YouTube
Sound: Adobe Audition
Picture/Video: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Photography, Vimeo
Writing & Design: Adobe InDesign, Copywriting, iContact, Keyword Tags, Meta Descriptions, Press Releases, Storify, WordPress


 

EDUCATION

TempleLogoTemple University, School of Media & Communications, Philadelphia, PA
B.A. Journalism, May 2015
Awards: President’s Honor List Fall 2012

SalesianumLogoSalesianum School, Wilmington, DE
Secondary School Diploma, June 2010


 

POINTS OF INTEREST

Photo Credit: Matthew Cassidy

(Photo Credit: Matthew Cassidy)

  • Model UN High School World Champion (May 2008)
  • Shadowed PA Congressman Joseph Preston for Temple Day in Harrisburg (March 2012)
  • Published in West Chester Story Slam Selected Stories 2010-2014 (November 2014)

 

 VOLUNTEER WORK

Appalachia Service Project, Team Leader July 2008, 2009
Jefferson Awards for Public Service, Recipient 2008, 2009


 

REFERENCES

I choose not to post the contact information of my references on the web but feel free to inquire for a list.

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