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Natalie Gontcharova

Web Writer & Editor

240.305.1788 | natalie.gontcharova@gmail.com | nataliegontcharova.com

Beauty & Weddings Content Editor. Refinery29.com. Aug. 2014-Present.

Self-Employed. Freelance Web Editor/Writer. Sept. 2008-Aug. 2014.

• Web Writer/Editor, GoodHousekeeping.com

• Weddings & Registry Writer/Editor, The Knot magazine

• Entertainment Reporter, MTV (RemoteControl.MTV.com)

• Fashion Reporter, TIME magazine (Style.Time.com)

• Beauty writer and copy editor, Oribe hair care

• Former Web Producer and Fashion Blogger, Brides magazine (Brides.com)

• Former Fact-Checker at IN New York/Where New York magazines (Morris Visitor Publications) and American Cheerleader magazine (Dance Media)

YourTango.com. Experts Editor. Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013.

• Conceptualized and assigned health and relationships articles to subject experts

Senior Associate Editor. July 2011-Nov. 2012.

Assistant Editor. April-July 2011.

• Assigned, wrote, and edited news posts for the LoveBuzz blog (yourtango.com/lovebuzz)

• Tripled the readership of LoveBuzz to over 1,000,000 monthly unique visitors; grew traffic from 500,000 to 4 million monthly unique visitors

• Managed 5-10 freelancers, including writers and producers

• Produced content using the Drupal CMS; ensured that content was SEO-friendly

• Hired, trained, and managed 2-5 interns a semester

• Managed partnerships with 15+ websites, including The Daily Beast and MSN’s Glo

Brides, Condé Nast. Freelance Web Producer/Blogger. Nov. 2012-April 2013.

• Produced and curated images for slideshows in TeamSite CMS

• Wrote and edited daily wedding fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog posts

• Found creative ways to translate print magazine content into online content

Good Housekeeping, Hearst. Intern/Fashion Assistant. Sept. 2008-Jan. 2009.

• Assisted during photo shoots; dressed models and kept clothing organized

• Sent and received samples, communicated with PR and studio representatives

• Recorded and fact-checked credit information for photo shoots

Bridal Guide magazine. Editorial Intern. Sept. 2008 – Jan. 2009.

• Researched and wrote five pieces about honeymoon destinations for the magazine

• Fact-checked the travel section monthly

• Researched, interviewed sources, and wrote weekly posts for the Bridal Buzz blog

The Northwest Current. Staff Writer/Section Editor. Oct. 2006 – Sept. 2008.

• Reported and wrote four articles a week about local issues such as development, zoning, and nightlife for a 60,000-circulation weekly in Washington, D.C.

• Starting in Oct. 2007, edited children’s section and art gallery/museum listings

Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, TeamSite, basic HTML coding. Proficient in AP style.

Languages: Fluent in Russian, conversational in Spanish.

Education: B.A. Journalism/International Affairs, May 2006

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Senior Staff Writer, GW Hatchet newspaper. Washington Post Semester program student.