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nDash Writer Profile for Randy Magnuson

Headline

Content Storyteller

About Me

If there's one thing I know, it's good writing. I've studied it. I've taught it. I've practiced it. Using storytelling skills honed during my M.F.A. in Creative writing, I've crafted quality content — including web copy, articles, press releases, media kits, and blog posts — for brands, non-profits, and journals alike.

When I taught college-level composition, I would tell my students that writing effectively means knowing your audience. As a communications specialist for universities and a writer for public relations agencies, I targeted my content to maximize its influence, fitting each piece together to tell a brand's larger story. 

Because I love stories.

Good web content is like a story: it brings together various devices to enthrall a reader with it's narrative. Like the characters, setting, and dialogue in a novel, pieces of content serve various functions but convey the same overarching brand themes and voice. 

If you want quality web content, I'm your guy. If you want novel recommendations, I can do that too. If you want to see photos of my really cute dog, you better believe I'll send them. 

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

OSU Experience Homepage Copy

Homepage encouraging student involvement and connection. I wrote all homepage content myself and collaborated with colleagues on the content for subpages.

https://experience.oregonstate.edu/

Business Analytics Agency Web Copy

Webpage detailing Cal Poly's new Business Analytics Agency for use in promotion and fundraising.

https://www.cob.calpoly.edu/giving/business-analytics-agency/

Cal Poly Faculty Research Press Release

Press release promoting faculty research in local and national media markets.

https://www.cob.calpoly.edu/newsevents/economics-professor-steve-hamilton-earns-award-for-innovative-food-waste-research-paper/

Media Kits for Portland-Area Food and Beverage Companies

Press releases, staff bios, company overviews, and web copy for various craft food and beverage companies. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, this work is confidential.

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Guest Blog Post on Personal Finance Website

1,200-word "listicle" post on the best deals at Sam's Club for The Markdown Market. Wrote four total guest posts for this blog.

https://themarkdownmarket.com/tips/here-are-the-10-best-deals-youll-find-at-sams-club-every-week/

Oregon State University Web Article

In-depth article featuring student employees in OSU's Open Source Lab.

https://experience.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/changing-world-one-line-code-time

Experience

Communications Specialist, Orfalea College of Business

I engage 27,000 alumni and 3,100 current students through webpage content, magazine articles, newsletters, emails, direct mail, social media, and more.

Company: California Polytechnic State University

I worked there from 7/2018 until now

Communications Assistant, Student Affairs

Encouraged student involvement and success by crafting and disseminating compelling web and social media stories.

Company: Oregon State University

I worked there from 9/2016 until 6/2018

Public Relations Intern

Crafted press releases, media kits, social media strategy, pitches and more for corporate clients in the food, beverage and health industries.

Company: Watershed Communications

I worked there from 5/2017 until 9/2017

Content I Write