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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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This one little flower sparked the imagination of a lad growing up when space travel – and a lunar landing – were becoming reality … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Twinkle, Twinkle Shooting Star …I first became acquainted with the delicate white flower as a child, after I first heard my Mom mentioning it in passing to someone, I do not remember who, probably in...
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This is the scene of a killing – not involving people, but an undetermined predator and its prey. All I saw was a flash of light beige, and that it was smaller than a deer but appeared larger than a coyote … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Predator Meets Prey on Marsh EdgeThis marsh, along the western edge of Burnidge Forest Preserve, west of Elgin, Illinois, was the scene of a classic predator-prey encounter on Sunday afternoon, May...
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Since early this month, I’ve been catching shots of birds, from songbirds to waders to waterfowl … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more ….
Fancies of Flight The myriad shapes and colors seen in the birds of northern Illinois never cease to amaze me. I grew up in a home where wildlife was respected, and birds in particular were...
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Phlox and ginger are among the plants I captured while experimenting with my tablet’s camera … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Trout Park Landscapes on MobileI continued my experimentation with the camera built into my Galaxy 4 tablet while visiting the River’s Edge Marsh area bordering the Fox River in Trout Park on Sunday,...
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It’s not only the budding flowers that remind me of spring … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Spring and New Leaves New life is a hallmark of spring, and even more than bees are drawn to blooms, I am drawn to the young new leaves that begin making their appearances long before the first...
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My gift to the Moms I know – family and friends alike … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Happy Mother’s Day This likely will get lost among a multitude of “Happy Mother’s Day” posts, yet I plunge ahead writing anyway. Moms are important people. I have one, I married a woman who became one...
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These plants have been around since before animals crawled out of the ocean, and have changed little in the past 145 million years … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Something About FernsI do not know quite what it is that draws my attention to ferns. They are not by any means my favorite plant, if it is possible to have one favorite. Yet, when I stumble upon them...
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Spring is in full bloom as the start of summer draws near, and there are splashes of color all around – although sometimes you have to look … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Spring’s Tiny JewelsAs May draws to an end and June’s start nears, wild flowers are blooming throughout the area. Whether you are talking about the trillium, phlox and Virginia bluebells – among...
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Like many news photographers today, I cut my photojournalistic teeth on black-and-white film, which reduces the subject to its basic elements of light, dark, texture and form … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Sometimes, Color Is UnnecessaryI had forgotten how much I enjoyed black-and-white photography until a woman mentioned her passion for the medium during a recent photo club meeting. All my photography...
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I’ve used other cameras in the past, so when I was out Sunday, I thought I’d use my tablet’s camera to record some landscapes at Burnidge Forest Preserve … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Experimenting at BurnidgeAlmost from the start, I experimented with my photography. With the old Argus C3 my Dad gave me when I was 13 or so, I entered the 35 mm arena. This old rangefinder camera...
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Mother’s Day in nature can be terribly tragic. But life does go on … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Bitter and Sweet: Mother’s Day in the Wild Life sometimes is cruel, but as every chapter ends, another begins. That’s just the way things are – not always fair, but always full of endings and...
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When they’re in a group, they’re called a bale, and this bale seemed busy in a not-safe-for-turtle-work kind of way … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to see and read more …
Timid and Intrepid Turtles When I first noticed them on Sunday, May 3, 2015, it occurred to me that perhaps they had not moved since I last photographed this group of turtles along the northern shore...
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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.
Story
Tagline
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)
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