Elizabeth A Harter

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Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.
Bachelor of Arts in English Writing with a minor in Spanish
Overall GPA: 3.41/4.0 – Cum laude


Public Relations Society of America
National Member; Greater Chicago chapter member

Work Experience

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
Social Media Manager ~ January 2013 – present

  • Strategist for social media communications for the academic side of the university
  • Lead administrator of highest level accounts on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Launched the branded hashtag #LoveND for the greater university community with accompanying website

Cincom Systems, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Associate Public Relations Specialist ~ June 2009 – January 2013

  • Lead PR Specialist for 4 of Cincom’s product groups; also involved in campaign marketing for groups
  • Managing Editor for Expert Access, the Cincom electronic Business magazine with over 185,000 subscribers
  • Copy editor, ghost writer and web content editor for Cincom CEO Thomas Nies
  • Lead videographer spearheading campaign to increase in-house online video production
  • Co-producer of the Expert Access Radio Hour
  • Supervisor to long-term and summer interns

South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Ind.
Metro Staff Writer – Intern ~ Spring 2009

  • Responsible for covering local city news and events in South Bend, including those at the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College
    • Resulted in 10 articles in the Community and Metro sections of the paper, including the top read article on for over 24 hours

Features Staff Writer – Intern ~ May – July 2008

  • Responsible for developing and writing stories of interest to the local community on the topics of Health, Faith & Family, Foods, Entertainment and Vows
    • Resulted in 20 Feature articles and one Local News story which recieved an A1 (front page) placement

The Observer, Notre Dame, Ind.
Saint Mary’s News Editor ~ 2008 – 2009
Copy Editor ~ 2007 – 2009
News Writer ~ 2005 – 2009
Photographer ~ 2008 – 2009

  • Responsible for maintaining and improving the relationship between Saint Mary’s College and The Observer
    • Accomplished goal of increasing visibility of Saint Mary’s in the news section by improving coverage of events on campus, developing stories and features pertinent to both the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame communities and facilitating contact by Notre Dame writers with Saint Mary’s students and administrators
      • Won Indiana Collegiate Press Award for a feature on Saint Mary’s news
  • Developed and wrote over 150 articles, many of which received front page play
  • Led news section in production of at least one newspaper each week
  • Managed news staff
    • Held informal writing workshops to improve writing quality
    • Helped new writers transition to the Observer’s writing style
    • Assigned stories based on desire and author ability
    • Facilitated interactions between writers and Saint Mary’s administrators
    • Trained wire and production editors to use QuarkXPress and copy edit in the office
  • Trained self as a photographer to illustrate Saint Mary’s stories after recognizing a need on campus

Saint Mary’s Development Office, Notre Dame, Ind.
Development Writing Intern ~ 2007 – 2008

  • Responsible for writing copy and designing advertisements for the College’s Annual Fund campaign and Belles Varsity Fund
    • Profiled students and events for alumnae mailers and the alumnae magazine
    • Created tri-fold mailers and one-page advertisements with the goal of increasing visibility and funding to the College


Quixote Award – 2011

3rd Place Best In-Depth Reporting – 2009 Indiana Collegiate Press Awards ~ Story: Exec stipend draws criticism at Saint Mary’s

Bronze – Best Online Newsroom Business/Consumer Category – 2010 Bulldog Reporter Excellence in Public Relations Awards

Proficient In

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Associated Press Style
  • Chicago Style
  • Reading, Writing, Translating – Spanish
  • WPM: 90
  • Basic HTML
  • Final Cut Pro
  • WordPress
  • QuarkXPress
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Flickr
  • Animoto
  • Twitter
  • SlideRocket
  • VocusPR
  • ProfNet
  • Google Analytics