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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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I’m looking over a little red clover … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Red Clover Up Close It’s so commonplace that it is easy to overlook, especially because of its size. But up close, the red clover, Trifolium pratense, really is quite a beauty. I was reminded of this...
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What's the late-summer buzz? Bees, of course, as they rush to prepare for the coming fall and winter months … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Busy as Bees Bees are considered such hardworking, industrious insects that they became the basis for the longstanding expression, “busy as a bee.” But bees seem even busier as summer winds down in...
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The late afternoon sun dapples the landscape with gold, I sight few were there to appreciate … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
King of a Gold-Dappled Domain The stiff breeze rattled through the cattail reeds and bulrushes, even as it offered a brief respite from the day’s heat and humidity on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2015...
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They make some people squeamish, but insects play a variety of roles in our prairies, woodlands and our gardens … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Small, But Vital to the Ecosystem Insects bug a lot of people, and certainly I am not immune. Mosquitoes, for instance – someday, I hope God reveals to me what he had in mind there. Yellow jackets are...
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The past three weeks have been rough, but there is hope, even amid the deaths of loved ones … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Saying Goodbye: ‘Death Be Not Proud’ Call it a Trilogy of Grief. There’s an old newsroom adage that Death comes in threes, and it’s typically related to celebrities. Upon the death of a celebrity,...
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Blue moon, meet black walnut … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Blue MoonApparently, my moon app is out of sync with the world, but not by much. The app indicates Thursday, July 30, 2015 would be the second full moon of the month – what many refer to as a “blue...
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Egrets? I’ve photographed a few, including this one in South Elgin … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Pale Wader The solitary white figure on the other side of the pond sparked instant recognition. The great egret, Ardea alba, is nearly the same size as its relative, the great blue heron, Ardea...
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This flight was not fancy – rather awkward-looking at the start, albeit graceful at the end … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Sunday StandoffSunny skies and a stiff breeze quickly dried off the leaves and grass at Burnidge Forest Preserve, west of Elgin, Illinois, after rains sprayed the area Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 2015. A...
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Is fall upon us? No, but it is drawing near … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Leaves Drop as Days Grow Shorter Some trees and plants have begun shedding their leaves, and the leaves of some have begun to turn. Just a few leaves here and there litter the asphalt path that marks...
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Sometimes, if you really try to look past ugliness, you may find beauty … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
A Primrose by Any Other Name … If you drive along Interstate 80 West as it crosses southern Wyoming, you will pass through a lot of “high plains” country and, once you pass through Rawlins, you will...
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The little lovelies are members of the aster family – which includes a whole bouquet of daisies and similar-looking flowers, from fleabanes to coneflowers … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Black-Eyed Susans There are many varieties of asters in the Midwest, and many bear a resemblance to one of the best-known aster, the daisy – a dark center button surrounded by an array of petals...
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Wasps, bees and hawks of the air are essential parts of our ecosystem … I’ve updated my photo blog. Click the link to I see and read more …
Blooms and Bugs You can’t have a flower without attracting some kind of insect. Usually, they’re bees or small wasps, sometimes any of a variety of ants or beetles, not to mention moths and...
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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
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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)
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Male