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“Tekla was an amazing team member in a fast moving campaign. Her work was thorough and well written. She added a new dimension to the group and fit well into the rapidly changing demands of the project. She is highly recommended as an asset to anyone lucky enough to work with her.”

“Tekla showed her creativity, reliability, flexibility, judgment, and all-around superior website skills when we worked together. [It] required Tekla to function independently but as part of a far-flung team working on a rush project to build and support a content-rich advocacy website. Her professionalism is impeccable. I highly recommend her for any similar project.”

“At a time touted as an "either-or" situation — new media versus old — Tekla has launched a business that very wisely marries the two. I met Tekla about two years ago through New York Women in Communications and have been impressed by her vision, dedication, talent and willingness to seek out a solution to every situation."

Tekla’s skills and talents are vast, as well as precisely specialized and interconnected; however, what impresses me most about her is her deep desire to problem solve for the greater good of society, media and communications. Meetings are always better with Tekla in them because she’s someone we can always trust to not just get the job done, but to do it the right way because she truly wants things to be the best they can be. I love having Tekla on our team and would recommend her for any organization looking for someone who’s essentially drama-free with immense skill and mindful dedication.”

“Tekla is a committed individual, extremely knowledgeable and highly creative. She brings a wealth of knowledge to anyone's organization.”

“Tekla is extremely intelligent, resourceful and hardworking. Oh, and did I mention she speaks 5 languages? She's also dedicated and pays strict attention to detail."

“Tekla is an excellent reporter. She has interviewed prominent women such as Helen Thomas and Arianna Huffington, developing provocative questions to ask and framing the answers into interesting and readable articles. She is highly intelligent, very well informed, and a pleasure to work with. Her articles are always on time and meet the editors' requirements for length, style, etc. I can recommend her highly.”

“Tekla can do it all: She can write well, edit perfectly, and understands how the content works in the context of the web. Because she's knowledgeable about the workings of Web sites, her content is right on the mark. And she's a pleasure to work with, because she's so smart and a really nice person.”

“Tekla consulted me on my company's Web site. We're an international company, targeting Fortune500 companies. She provided me with quick and accurate feedback that helped me fine-tune our message. She's quick to understand how to best convey a message in a succinct, easy to follow way. Tekla understands the target audience and is able to tailor the writing to best convey the essence of the story.”

"Tekla has the ability to know what the right story is for the moment. Her coverage of the Middle East was always a step ahead of the rest. Her editing abilities enabled her to transform very complicated issues into articles that resonated with young and old, from around the world."

"I have a deep and abiding admiration for her as a person and professional. She is a thorough researcher and a clear and elegant writer. She is practical — she can install a telephone line or trouble-shoot HTML code — but she is also passionate and principled. In a team, she asks the tough questions that need to be answered, but she pulls together to get the job done.”

 

 
Tribüne, Frankfurt

Aufbau, New York

Literaturen

World Press Review, New York

 

Globes, Tel Aviv

Globes


Telegraph
Telegraph

Ha'aretz, Tel Aviv

Ha'aretz


Galei Zahal, Tel Aviv

Galei Zahal

 

AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI)

Editorial Freelancers Association

Freelancers Union

Webgrrls International

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The Deadline Club
(SPJ's New York Chapter)

National Writers Union (NWU)

The Online News Association

The American Council on Germany (ACG)

Newswomen's Club of New York

American Jewish Press Association (AJPA)

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC)

New York Press Club

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Tekla Szymanski

Here, Old and New Media Meet.

I am a multilingual communications' professional with broad domestic and international expertise. I bridge the gap between new and old media and various cultures, helping you to get your message across.

Do you want to:

• brand yourself online?
• learn how print and web should interact?
• strengthen your social media presence?
• develop or improve your website?
• move your offline message online?
• launch web campaigns?

Do you need:

• a multilingual writer and editor (German, Hebrew, French, Italian) with newspaper, magazine, new media and radio experience?
• someone with a true global outlook?
• a professional journalist to observe how political and social trends are perceived abroad and uncover news that have yet to surface here?

Knowing both old and new media, I can help. Good content still matters. Review all Editorial Services available or request a quote for your editorial needs.

 

Skills Overview

Offline/online editing, writing, online publishing, web design and content conceptualization, development and management

Extensive domestic and international newspaper, magazine, new media and radio experience

Scripting (client and server side)

Incorporating social media (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs etc) in web campaigns to enhance print media; moving offline brands online

Lived in Florence, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv; now based in New York

Profound understanding of global affairs, macroeconomics, international media, modern art, women's issues

Fluent in English, German, Hebrew; Italian and French

HTML, XHTML, basic XML; CSS; PHP and MySQL; Ajax, LAMP Technologies; JavaScript; Dreamweaver; QPS Desktop Publishing; Photoshop; QuarkXPress; Adobe Contribute, Drupal, Coremedia and other CMS; Wordpress; Twitter and other social media platforms; Google and comScore Analytics; video editing (Windows Live Movie Maker); audio editing (Audacity); PC/Mac platforms and a little on UNIX.

Cultural/political expert in Western Europe, the Middle East; American and German Jewry; American-Israeli and American-German relations

 

Current Projects:

mail.com
US Homepage editor for this email/news portal

BIA Business Intelligence Associates, New York, NY
Website & Content Developer

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), New York, NY
Managing Editor of the organization's Web site

Member of NYWICI's Communications Committee, Web Development Committee, Career Development Committee and Digital Media Committee. Regular contributor to NYWICI's print newsletter Connect (formerly The Matrix) — read the Fall 2005 and Fall 2006 issues here — and to NYWICI's Web site (sample piece here and here) as well as its blog. Involved in the organization's Web site development and redesign.

WWW.TEKLA-SZYMANSKI.COM
Designed, launched, maintain and provide content for 100+ page Web site encompassing cultural, social, and political topics written in German, English, and Hebrew.

TRIBÜNE QUARTERLY, Frankfurt, Germany
USA Correspondent / Columnist
Provide commentary and analyses on issues related to American Jewry, German-Jewish-American reconciliation and American-Israeli affairs.
Recent pieces include coverage of the U.S. presidential race and the American-Jewish vote.

 

Past Projects:

Trustwomen.org Web campaign, launched in 2011

NotUnderTheBus.com Web campaign, launched in December 2009 by the Women's Media Center
Content Developer, Editor and Writer

Pink Magazine
Contributing Writer

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, NY
Freelance editor in the museum's editorial department (books, catalogues)

http://www.bloomadv.com
Web Designer and Content Manager

THE NEW YORK TIMES WEEK IN REVIEW, New York, NY
Conducted research on the German-language press reaction to the abuse in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad; provided visuals for the supplement's May 9, 2004, issue.

LITERATUREN, Berlin, Germany
Contributing Writer
Write articles on cultural topics for this literary monthly magazine. A recent article for the June 2004 issue analyzed the heated discussion in Israel over a controversial book by a former Israeli military guard on the conduct of Israeli soldiers at Gaza checkpoints.

THE INTERNATIONAL RAOUL WALLENBERG FOUNDATION, New York, NY
Media and Public Relations Advisor

LEO-BAECK INSTITUTE, Jerusalem, Israel
Contributing Writer
Author of the chapter on German-Jewish immigration to New York in the 1930s (Der Aufbau: 'Unser Aller Tagebuch') for the Institute's German-language annual publication Jüdischer Almanach (release date: October 2005, Suhrkamp Verlag, Germany).

 

Education:

 

1-year Certificate in Web Technology Solutions (Client and Server Side), University of Washington, Seattle

Op-ed Master Class, Mediabistro,
New York

Internet Journalism, The New School,
New York

3-year Diploma in Journalism (print media, radio, TV), Koteret — School of Journalism, Tel Aviv, Israel

B.A. in Liberal Arts pilloleitalia.net/kamagra (Humanities, Social and Political Sciences), Tel Aviv, Israel

 

Previous Lives:


Senior Editor for Middle East and Western Europe
@ WORLD PRESS REVIEW Magazine, New York, NY

Correspondent for worldpress.org
(ongoing)
For more than 30 years, World Press Review was the only English-language magazine giving readers a firsthand look at the issues and debates that occupied the world's newspapers and magazines. WPR published its last issue in May 2004.
Drawing upon publications around the globe, and a network of correspondents in dozens of countries, WPR illuminated the issues that barely saw the light of day in the mainstream U.S. press. It translated, reprinted, analyzed, and contextualized the best of the international press from more than 20 languages. Scanned the international foreign-language media in five languages, translated and wrote Western European and Israeli press reviews for a monthly nonprofit compendium of international news and commentary, circulated among 80,000 readers worldwide.
• Expanded coverage of European and Middle Eastern affairs. Drew early attention to Germany's economic downturn. Increased coverage of the Palestinian/Israeli peace process.
• Increased the use of online and alternative news sources from Israel and Western Europe.
• Wrote in-depth analyses on foreign affairs and major breaking news stories for its Web site, including coverage of how the Western European press reacted to George W. Bush's election and the war on Iraq.
• Conceptualized, edited, and fact-checked features and cover stories and copy-edited in QPS.



Associate Editor, then Managing Editor
@
Aufbau, German-Jewish biweekly, New York

Aufbau was the only German-Jewish publication in the U.S.A. Founded in 1934 by German Jews who had fled Germany into exile in New York. It ceased publication in 2004. Managed the day-to-day production and generated content, supervised editors and interns.
• Wrote commentary, feature articles, and foreign news analyses in German and English on cultural, political, and social affairs.
• Supervised a team of three editors and served as writing coach to five interns.
• Initiated and implemented the modernization/computerization of the paper.
Established new target audience in Europe of younger, non-Jewish readers.
• Launched the paper's first Web site.



Foreign Editor

@
Globes, financial daily, Israel

Single-handedly edited six international news pages for Israel's #1 daily financial newspaper.
Expanded copy on global macroeconomics and world affairs from two to four pages.



Foreign Editor/Analyst
@ Telegraph, financial daily, Israel

Scanned wire services (Bloomberg/Reuters/dpa/AP), tracked breaking news, and translated articles from French, German, and English into Hebrew for this financial daily.
In charge of graphic design, visuals, layout, and setup of four foreign news pages.
Member of the team that set up the foreign desk, which went on to number five editors.
Represented foreign desk on op-ed page with analyses of macroeconomics and international political affairs.



Reporter/Adviser
@ Radio
Galei Zahal, Israel


Scanned foreign TV channels and chose news items for radio broadcast on world desk.
Wrote and recorded news and feature stories and prepared them for broadcast.
Specialist at the station on European affairs.



Translator (German, English, French into Hebrew)
@
Ha'aretz, daily, Israel

Translated feature articles from British, U.S., German, and French publications into Hebrew for this daily newspaper.


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