Résumé


ROBERT TAYLOR
bobtaylor52@yahoo.com  ▪  rbtwrites.com

PROFILE

Pittsburgh-based writer and editor with more than two decades of experience in print and online media, covering both straight news and pop culture. Also a datacaster for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, working out of the PNC Park press box.

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Training Editor – Features & Resources, Collider.com
(October 2021 – present)
Manage incoming freelance writers as they move through Collider’s onboarding process. Responsibilities include:

  • Training writers on various publishing and work-management systems (Asana, Emaki, etc.)
  • Editing and providing feedback on training articles and making a recommendation on whether the writer should be fully onboarded as a Collider freelancer.
  • Tracking all potential writers and their progress through back-end HR platforms.

Datacaster, Major League Baseball Advanced Media
(April 2006 – present)
Work from the Pirates press box, using MLB’s proprietary software to digitally score and transmit live statistics, play results, and general game information from Pittsburgh home games. Responsible for quickly and correctly entering data, which is immediately streamed to MLB.com, ESPN, and other sports news services.

NOTABLE FREELANCE PROJECTS

  • Continue to work as a contributing writer at Mt. Lebanon Magazine, where I cover a variety of local topics, including education, sports, and the arts.
  • Started as a features writer at Collider.com, contributing at least eight articles a month, in March 2021. Promoted to Training Editor in October 2021. Continue to write feature stories for the site.
  • Serve as publisher, editor, and lead writer at CultSpark.com, a pop-culture website that I launched in March 2012. Coordinate all social media. Produce a semi-regular podcast.
  • Wrote the short film, Uninvited Guests, the 2019 48-Hour Film Project entry from Carnegie Screenwriters. Wrote the short film script, Dig, which was named an official selection of the Carnegie Screenwriters Script and Screen Festival in August 2017.
  • Wrote a weekly television column that was published in The Herald — a daily newspaper based in Rock Hill, S.C., with a circulation of 30,000 — from 2004 to 2008.
  • Have contributed three essays to BenBella Books’ Smart Pop series of books, including Batman Unauthorized (2008), Webslinging: Unauthorized Essays on Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2007), and Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly (2005).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Closed Captioner, VITAC
(August 2004 – July 2006)
Employed full time as a captioner for a number of high-profile television shows. Duties included transcribing audio from various programs, editing scripts for spelling and grammatical accuracy, and using VITAC proprietary software to program the proper timing and placement for captioning.

Editor, Lake Wylie Pilot
(September 2002 – January 2004)
Managed entire editorial department for a newspaper covering both the North Carolina and South Carolina sides of Lake Wylie, located adjacent to Charlotte, N.C. Edited all copy, designed every newspaper page, assigned stories, wrote editorials, and worked to increase readership.

Assistant Editor, Fort Mill Times
(December 1999 – September 2002)
Managed news department for the South Carolina weekly, located just south of Charlotte, N.C. Coordinated story assignments, edited copy, and instructed reporters on writing techniques. Designed every page of the newspaper. Authored a popular weekly opinion column.

Reporter/Columnist, Fort Mill Times
(April 1998 – December 1999)
Wrote spot news, investigative pieces, and in-depth features while managing multiple beats. Shot photos to accompany all news stories.

COMMUNITY SERVICE & VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • Board Member, Mt. Lebanon Library Board (April 2021 – present)
  • Social Media Coordinator, Mt. Lebanon Girls Softball Association(January 2016 – present)
  • Youth Softball Coach, Mt. Lebanon Girls Softball Association (March 2013 – present)
  • Board Member, Mt. Lebanon Community Relations Board (June 2013 – March 2020)

EDUCATION & COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, West Virginia University

Managing Editor, The Daily Athenaeum
Managed news, sports, and entertainment of WVU’s five-days-a-week, 15,000-circulation student newspaper. Designed and laid out color front page. Supervised a staff of 40 writers and editors.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • WordPress
  • Emaki
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Audacity
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets