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Theodore Schnell
Works at Consulting | Writing/editing | Social media
Attended St. Mary's University of Winona, Minn.
Lives in Elgin, Ill.
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The late summer sun casts its magic on a small pond hidden away in a local woodland … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #Pond #LateSummerSun #BurnidgeForestPreserve #ElginIllinois

Enchanted A year ago, I photographed this pond under nearly identical conditions as the late summer sun casy its rays upon a pond hidden among the trees in the oak and hickory woodland of Burnidge...
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Differences all but disappear when there’s a veritable smorgasbord to satisfy appetites .… I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #Trails #Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #ElginIllinois

Differences Disappear When Food Flows I’ve seldom seen a great blue heron, Ardea herodias, and a great egret, Ardea alba, tolerate each other’s company. Typically, if two of the contrasting-colored...
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This elegant wetlands predator’s white plumage is hard to miss as it wades through the shallows in search of food … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #GreatEgret #BarnSwallow #Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #ElginIllinois

Birds of Prey, Large and Small The relatively dry summer has taken a toll on the large pond that greets visitors entering Burnidge Forest Preserve from Coombs Road, west of Elgin, Illinois. Mud flats...
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This rather showy member of the aster family strikes me as surprisingly unaster-like, although it certainly carries its own beauty … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #PrairieBlazingstar #Blazingstar #LiatrisPycnostachya
#Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #Elgin #Illinois

Summer Blooms: Blazingstar My weak eyes were drawn to the splashes of purple that sprang up among the prairie flowers – a rich mix of yellow coneflowers, Ratibida pinnata, Queen Anne’s lace, wild...
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A warm sunny day with blue skies and billowy, light clouds… I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

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Summer Skies Blue skies were a dramatic backdrop for wispy, willowy clouds that drifted slowly over the area on a warm, muggy summer afternoon at Burnidge Forest Preserve, west of Elgin, Illinois, on...
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Tried my hand at landscape photography.
Clothed in Spring GreenVines that creep ever upward cover the trunks of some trees at Burnidge Forest Preserve, west of Elgin, Illinois on June 12, 2016.
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Walking along the trail, a wall of dark green cattail reads gave way to a splash of white wings … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #GreatEgret #Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #ElginIllinois

Egrets, I’ve Seen a Few … The summer was dry this year in the Fox Valley, and as the season draws to a close, the drought’s effects are plainly visible in some areas. Rock and sand bars have surfaced...
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Coneflowers add their own accent to prairie landscapes … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #YellowConeflower #PalePurpleConeflower #Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #ElginIllinois

Summer Blooms: Coneflowers More than a half-dozen varieties of coneflower make their home in Illinois, although the petals of some lack the characteristic droop noted in this grouping of flowers in...
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Even pesky invasive species can be beauties, as this one shows while perching upon a wildflower whose umbels paint the countryside white, like a brilliant reminder of the approaching cold … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #Nature Photos #JapaneseBeetle #QueenAnne’sLace #Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #Elgin #Illinois

Beetle and Lace It was just sitting there, and at a casual first glance, appeared to be a brown blemish on the cluster of tiny flowers that make up the umbel of Queen Anne’s lace, wild carrot, Daucus...
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If variety is the spice of life, this family of nearly a dozen Illinois wildflowers brings a rich flavor to area woodlands and swamps, where they attract butterflies, bees and a host of other insects … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #NaturePhotos #ButterflyMilkweed #CommonMilkwed #SwampMilkweed #WhiteSwampMilkweed #Summer #BurnidgeForestPreserve #Elgin #Illinois

Milkweeds: Boon to Butterflies, Bees and Other Bugs I’ve written before about the various types of milkweed plants that are common in the area. I’ve often photographed them as they were being visited...
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This dainty little perennial may look delicate, but it is a tough little wetland flower and is among my favorites … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

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Summer Blooms: Deptford Pink The tiny blooms were nearly tucked away among some quarter-sized golden blooms reminiscent of the black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, and in fact probably one of the...
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It is among the oldest plants on the planet and there are about 36 species of this unique plant that live in Illinois … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more.

#Nature #Beautiful #NaturePhotos #Ferns #Spring #BurnidgeForestPreserve #Elgin #Illinois

Like Talons and Fingers Some were stretched out like the serrated claws of some prehistoric create. Others seemed more like the talons of a bird of prey. They were the unfurling leaves, however, of...
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Passionate career journalist shifting gears after layoffs and watching as the news industry continues to founder as a result of its own arrogance and lack of foresight. I like people but have little tolerance for bigots of all stripes, whether Christian, Republican or Democrat.
Introduction
I am a Christian man married to Lisa. We have five wonderful children spanning the ages of 11 to 27. I enjoy talking, fishing, photography, and coffee, not to mention watching birds (hawks, owls and eagles in particular) and most types of wildlife. I'm punconscious. Test me in this (although you may come to regret doing so).
Blog: Seeking joy in change
Portfolio: ON DEADLINE | Ted Schnell
Bragging rights
There's a serious problem when it takes more than two or three bricks to hit your head before you realize the whole truckload is about to collapse. Ergo the newspaper industry's woes.
Education
  • St. Mary's University of Winona, Minn.
  • Elgin Community College (part-time, one year)
  • Loyola University, Chicago (freshman year only)
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Career journalist moves to content management
Skills
Wordsmith, passionate storyteller || Exceptional copy editor, line editor || Proficient in AP style || Quality assurance in editing, design || Content editing, aggregation, curation || Search-engine optimization || Innovator, knack for problem solving || Social media and email marketing || 2012 certification in array of Adobe products, as well as in CSS, html || Prior certification in QuarkXPress
Employment
  • Consulting | Writing/editing | Social media
    Consultant, 2011 - present
    Editing, writing, photo and video content, some graphic art design and general consulting and freelance work. Expertise includes social media engagement and content marketing.
  • Patch
    Local Editor, St. Charles and Wheaton, 7 - 1
    Local editor for St. Charles Patch, produced, aggregated and curated content. • Administered SEO techniques, and social media and email marketing to drive traffic, increase community engagement and gain relevancy with readers. • Recommended escalation of content for broader online distribution to Huffington Post, AOL. • Assumed additional Patch responsibilities for the Wheaton, IL Patch site in August 2013.
  • BocaJump
    Freelance reporter/photographer/graphic artist, 2011 - 2012
    • Reported, curated quality content using both traditional, innovative digital applications providing online-only coverage for hyper-local news website. • Promoted content, site with SEO, social media marketing.
  • Patch
    Freelance copy editor, 2011 - 2012
    • Edited daily for 12 Patch.com sites to excise jargon, bring content into conformance with rules of grammar, Patch.com, AP style. • Curated content. Administered SEO techniques to grow site traffic. • Recommended escalation of content for broader online distribution to Huffington Post, AOL.
  • Sun-Times Media
    Web Content Editor, 2007 - 2010
    • Rapidly deployed content, text/email blasts for breaking news; posted updates, including daily use of html. • Coordinated print, online content for news, sports sites of 4 suburban daily publications. • Set up all sites nightly; updated content for 11 others. • Made use of SEO to increase traffic to sites. • Insights on CMS patterns used by IT diagnosing and resolving system issues.
  • The Courier-News
    Night Editor, 1995 - 2007
    • Supervised night copy/design desks. • Edited content for completeness, fairness, grammar, consistency with AP, local style to ensure quality content, presentation while adhering to tight deadlines. • Wrote accurate, engaging headlines. • Coordinated reporters, photographers for breaking news coverage. • Reported, wrote columns. Twice led night staff through difficult transitions to new publishing platforms.
  • The Wyoming Eagle/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne, WY
    Night editor
  • Rawlins Daily Times
    Reporter/photographer
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Currently
Elgin, Ill.
Previously
Fort Collins, Colo. - Rawlins, Wyo. - Winona, Minn.; - Chicago, Ill. - Elgin, Ill.