russell dickerson resume

My Resume

Below is my current resume as of August 2017. I have nearly 20 years of experience behind me across many industries and types of projects, and that experience continues to change. I try to update my resume often, not only for different positions but in favor of different aspects of my expertise. My full resume is a much longer document with a curriculum vitae, and this one is designed to be an overview of my long career and expertise.

My full resume is a much longer document with a curriculum vitae, and this one is designed to be an overview of my long career and expertise.… Read the rest

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Figure 1: Fast growing STEM occupations; Bureau of Labor Statistics (n.d.)

Writing Sample: Grant Proposal

This grant proposal was developed through the coursework for my Bachelor of Science in Communications degree from Colorado State University. It is based on real information for a makerspace grant. The original project spans many pages, and an edited, APA-formatted PDF version appears below. This proposal explores the expansion of the makerspace at Windsor High School, and the grant funding that can begin the process. Makerspaces increase practical learning opportunities for students, providing students and faculty with a unique combination of formal and informal learning practices.
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Writing Sample: Website Comment Policy

This is a sample of the type of policy documents I have written for a business. This document was intended give information primarily to college students. It is intended to be informative, but not so tied to legal speak that might cause students to quickly abandon it.
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Writing sample: Technical/Privacy Policy

Writing Sample, Policy: This is a sample of the type of policy documents I have written for businesses. This document was intended give information to primarily college students. It is intended to be informative, but not so tied to legal speak that might cause students to quickly abandon it.
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Writing Sample: News release

This news release sample was written for my Bachelor degree in Communications program, through Colorado State University. It is an example news release based on a fictional product, but researched as if it was a real device. A PDF version is included below.
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Parody: Legal, Ethical and Organizational Communication in Landmark Court Cases

Parody has been a part of media and entertainment for centuries, with seemingly few public figures escaping notice. Parody and satire, particularly in politics and with public figures, dates back at least to a political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin from 1754, predating the United States as a country7. From political caricatures and books of the 19th century, through the Keystone Cops and comedy films of the 20th century, parody has been a vital part of American culture. Even in just the past few months, television shows such as Saturday Night Live featured acerbic parodies of public figures such as President Donald Trump.… Read the rest

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Persuasive Case Study Analysis

Understanding how persuasion can affect a reader is an important skill when writing about a controversial topic. J.J. Keith of The Huffington Post editorialized one side of the vaccination debate, and used both Aristotle’s proofs and Kenneth Burke’s theory of identification in an attempt to persuade the reader5. This paper analyzes the methods of persuasion used in the editorial and how effective those methods were in convincing the reader of the author’s stance.

Summarizing the Editorial

The featured editorial took a position on whether or not parents should vaccinate their children, based on the vaccination safety debate.… Read the rest

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Connecting PR & Writing

Organizations in 2017 have found a new problem to solve, a fight generated by fake and exaggerated news on social media spread by celebrities. When that falsity is spread by the President of the United States, an organization must defend itself from enormous publicity. PR Week explored the attacks that President Trump has made against organizations through his Twitter account and how those organizations responded1. Just as individual people do, organizations have a “fight or flight” response to the event, and choosing the right option comes down to how the organization has prepared for it.… Read the rest

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Evaluating Social Media Customer Service

The ways in which organizations use social media to feed their audience is not much different than the varied ways in which zookeepers feed the animals in their care. In the petting zoo, the hens are looking for whatever food they can get. At the other end of the spectrum, feeding the lions takes a specific set of rules, to keep everyone safe and happy with the care provided. Smaller organizations are closer to their audiences, and stricter guidelines, much like feeding a lion, need to be in place to protect the organization and the audience.… Read the rest

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Coursework: 5 Unique Tools To Take Control Of Your Paintings

Artist April McConn looked out the window of her studio, taking in the flat landscape of the Colorado plains as she started her new painting of ancient Rome. McConn has spent the last two years creating popular paintings of life in the Roman empire, despite not having access to the massive architecture the Romans are known for. McConn faces the challenges each day of painting with realism and accuracy, with only the reference models she finds or creates.

McConn and other artists have learned to use unique, often unexpected tools as references for things that either no longer exist or never have.… Read the rest

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Components of Issue Management

Executive Summary

The history and success of the Washington Redskins is important to the National Football League, fans of the team, and the heritage of American sports. Washington has won the Super Bowl three times in its storied history, and is one of the strongest brands in all of sports. The Redskins organization helps local and Native American groups through its strong foundations and charitable events, and supports environmental concerns through a solid program of environmentally friendly and ground-breaking resource management.

The great narrative of the Redskins’ success, however, is marred by the controversy over the name itself.… Read the rest

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Team Dynamics

Imagine a small news organization, in a local market, discovered that their website was rated the worst in the area. It is a tired design, with outdated technology and ideas, one that the previous CEO would never allow to be fixed. But now, the CEO has been replaced with a new president, one that wants the organization’s managers to work together as a team to create a new, far better web presence. Without an energetic, central web location for all of its news, advertising, and multimedia, the organization will face bankruptcy within the year.… Read the rest

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Creating a Team Building Culture

When promoted to being the president of an organization, a person immediately needs to find ways to make the organization stronger. New leaders are often tasked with creating teams and rewards for accomplishments, and to create a thriving culture is important to the longevity of both the leader and the organization. Having the right team in place is essential to the growth of the organization, to reach personal and organizational goals. To help reach those goals, a rewards program can help to motivate staff. This paper examines the need for leaders to cultivate an environment of solid team building, and to design a rewards program with the proper levels of responsibility and recognition.… Read the rest

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Evaluating Social Media Customer Service

The ways in which organizations use social media to feed their audience is not much different than the varied ways in which zookeepers feed the animals in their care. In the petting zoo, the hens are looking for whatever food they can get. At the other end of the spectrum, feeding the lions takes a specific set of rules, to keep everyone safe and happy with the care provided.

Smaller organizations are closer to their audiences, and stricter guidelines, much like feeding a lion, need to be in place to protect the organization and the audience.… Read the rest

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Media Coverage Around the World: Pulse Nightclub Attack

Very early on the morning of Sunday, June 16, 2016, as the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was announcing their last call for drinks, a man walked into the club and began shooting people. Over the next several hours the gunman killed 50 people, wounding at least another 53, ending in his death after an intense shootout with police. News media across the world reported the tragedy, often in real time, detailing the horrific event and its aftermath.

Those details, and the way that the articles were written, offer a fascinating look into how media organizations in different parts of the world report on events.… Read the rest

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