Contact Clair Whitmer for Information Services

December 8th, 2010 by clairwhitmer

WHAT ARE INFORMATION SERVICES?

Information is currency, but it only has value if it’s right, if people know about it and if they understand and remember what they know.

An editor adds and protects that value.

MY SERVICES

Editing. Research. Proofreading. Online Content Production. Editorial Consulting.

MY GOAL

To create and deliver powerful and influential content.

MY BACKGROUND

I covered high-tech from the early days of the Mac through the dot.com bust. I’ve interviewed Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer. I was the news editor at the launch of CNET News.com. During my “professional expat” phase, I deciphered France and the French for seven years. In 2009-2010, I used my powers for good: communications at a nonprofit.

PROFESSIONAL RULES OF THUMB

- Understand and empathize with your reader.
- Stay curious about everything. Everyone has a story and most of them would love to share it.
- Don’t miss the deadline. Just don’t.
- Check it again.

ADJECTIVAL PHRASES I STRIVE TO DESERVE

Fast. Accurate. Careful, but creative. Adaptable, but deadline-focused. Detail-oriented, but with the big picture in view.

Plus, I can do research and interviews in French.

PROFESSIONAL HEROES

Edna Buchanan and Bill Bryson

DREAM JOBS

Intercultural trainer for a multinational HR firm; running a StoryBooth for StoryCorps; licensed private investigator; section editor for Guinness Book of World Records.

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