Bios

Due tonight is the 3rd person staff bio of yourself. These will be short, one or two paragraphs. Some details you should and could include are your full name, year (freshman, etc.), major (minor), work experience, writing experience (like any editorial position or if you’ve written for publications), extracurricular activities (maybe you’re a member of the Dance team, or vice president of the Art History Club, etc.), hobbies (maybe you’re an artist or a photographer), hometown and what high school you graduated from, awards (or anything unique you’ve done. Last summer, Daniels climbed the Matterhorn in Switzerland.), and your plans after graduation. [Note. If you really have no clue what your plan is after college, no need to include this one.]

A good writer’s bio is brief, but offers a tidy summary of the person’s experience, with just a touch of personality. Use 3rd person, so NO “I” or “My.” Full name on first reference and then your LAST NAME or he or she on second reference and beyond. Here is one on Boston Magazine’s lifestyle editor. Take a look at the bios for the Politico. Here is the Wine & Spirits staff, but I’m not advocating drinking! These are all good models to use for pacing, tone and structure. Please AVOID adjectives and superlatives. Meaning, “Handsome John Jones is a great guy and exceptionally good writer.” Don’t do that. Avoid opinion. Rather, be specific and use details. Like this… In high school, Williams was a member of the varsity swim team, and holds the school’s record in the 200m freestyle.

Important: Use AP Style! Check rules for capitalization, dates, numbers, composition titles, etc.. For example:

Prior to joining Politico, Baute worked at Ogilvy Washington and Starcom Co., where she managed partnerships in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.

  1. Politico is the name of a publication, and so it gets italicized.
  2. No need to write out company after Starcom if it’s part of the business’ proper name.
  3.  AP style allows for nonprofit to be one word, not hyphenated.

Upload file to Blackboard. There should be an assignment labelled “Bio.”

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