January W. Payne's Work History, Awards and Activities



Senior Content Editor, McMurry/TMG, Washington, D.C.

Work directly with clients to formulate creative content ideas that best meet and reach audience needs. Primarily responsible for HemAware magazine, hemaware.org and Lupus Now magazine. Write, edit and assign articles and oversee the magazines from start to finish. Conceive & execute social media ideas. Contribute to other projects as needed, including assigning and editing for other publications, and information architecture for client websites. Plan and develop articles in consultation with clients and freelance writers. Keep all moving pieces on task and on budget while working with a team, including art directors, project managers and photo editors. (2012-present)

Web Content Editor, Elsevier, International Medical News Group, Rockville, Md.

Managed, posted and edited content for IMNG websites and ensured consistency in editorial quality, format and style. Played pivotal role in launch of new websites. Trained staff on use of the in-house content-management system. Created and maintained written CMS instructions used staffwide. Troubleshooted websites and worked with tech staff to resolve ongoing issues. Recruited and managed a multimedia intern. (2010-2011)

Adjunct Instructor, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Taught an undergraduate news writing and reporting course at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Graded papers, planned and delivered lectures and maintained running tally of grades. (2006-2011)

Associate Editor, U.S.News & World Report, Washington, D.C.

Covered health and medicine for news magazine and its Web site. Wrote search-engine-optimized (SEO) feature articles, Web exclusives, and text for photo slideshows. Used content-management system and incorporated social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to promote my work and drive traffic to Web site. Appeared regularly on other forms of media, including radio and TV. Also wrote a daily roundup of medical news called “Health Buzz” from 2008-2009. (2007-2010)


Staff Writer, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Wrote health-related news articles and features about a variety of topics, including racial and socioeconomic health disparities, health and life insurance benefits and many diseases and conditions. Made TV and radio appearances. Served as speaker, panelist and moderator for workshops and discussions about subjects ranging from health care, to volunteering, to media coverage of various issues. Job duties also extended beyond writing, to proofing pages--recommending editing and style changes, as needed. Also wrote for other sections, including Financial, Sunday Source, Travel and Book World. Continue to contribute freelance articles to newspaper occasionally.  (2004-2007)


Reporter/Intern, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga.          

Covered topics ranging from fashion to food for the Living section. Wrote article about male makeup trends that was picked up by Cox News Service. (January - April 2004)


Washington Correspondent, Capital News Service, Washington, D.C.          

Covered defense, federal workers and Congress for the University of Maryland’s wire service, which provides stories to 14 daily newspapers and wire services, more than 60 weekly and monthly newspapers, and online and television outlets. Wrote stories that were picked up by newspapers around the country.  (September - December 2003)


Reporter/Intern, USA Today, McLean, Va.

Co-wrote story that featured largely unknown details of a military operation in which 25,000 riot-control troops were available for the 1963 March on Washington. (June-August 2003)


Legal Reporter/Intern, Student Press Law Center, Arlington, Va.

Covered access and campus crime issues for the SPLC Web site and magazine, the Report, which is distributed to student journalists nationwide. (June-August 2001)


Reporter/Intern, The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

Wrote news articles, obituaries and crime stories for this daily newspaper. Remained part-time reporter covering various issues after summer 2000 internship ended. (May 2000–June 2001)

Media Consultant, Hamilton Health Center, Harrisburg, Pa.
Developed marketing and media plan for board of directors to strategically position a federally qualified health center serving 16,000 underserved clients to improve and enhance visibility and consumer confidence. Aligned strategic relationships between chairperson and board members and print media and television media to heighten awareness of health center as a valued community resource, which resulted in restored credibility, increased funding and support from community leaders and funding organizations. (1999-2001)

   B.A. in journalism - University of Maryland at College Park, December 2003
  A.A. in liberal arts/communication (cum laude) - Harrisburg Area Community College, May 2001
· Kathleen Foley Journalist Award, American Pain Society, 2010.
· Media Award of Excellence Recipient, given by Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, for this story, 2007

· Appear periodically on radio and television. Received media training at U.S. News & World Report via Kwittken & Co. (communications agency) and learned tips for appearing on television and radio in summer 2008.

· Attended the National Institutes of Health’s Medicine in the Media: Reporting on Medical Research training, 2005.

· Former Board Member, Washington Association of Black Journalists, 2007

· Student commencement speaker – for both B.A. and A.A. degree ceremonies, 2001 and 2003

· Hainer Award, USA TODAY (awarded for researching information for a national news graphic), 2003

· Named to College Board's Talent Roster of Outstanding Transfer Students from Community Colleges, 2002

· Phi Theta Kappa member (international honor society for two-year colleges).

· Tutored English and reading in college writing centers; co-taught a training course for incoming writing center tutors at the University of Maryland.