Patty Morin Fitzgerald
Lifelong editor and journalist dedicated to empowering readers by presenting valuable information in a manner they can best appreciate and use. This often entails interviewing highly educated subjects and translating the jargon of their fields into language accessible to a target audience. Proficient also at fact- and grammar-checking; improving copy flow to make a story sing; page design and section production.
Copy Editor and Proofer
MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, Cambridge, MA, current I edit and proof often technical business management research articles, checking facts, grammar, diction, and style and recommending clarifications, as needed.
Other clients include WELLESLEY COLLEGE and SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY.
Copy Editor TRUTHOUT.org, online investigative news site. 2012-2015.
Published in NextAvenue.org, The Boston Globe, Mass. Bar Association Journal, Massachusetts Medical Law Report, Lawyer's Weekly, The Boston Herald, The Providence Journal
Layout and Slot Editor
THE BOSTON GLOBE, Boston, MA Layout-Makeup-Slot Editor
Edited articles, designed and created pages and sections with online overlap; performed work as production editor, supervising Life at Home section, often 60 pages; produced pages on deadline in award-winning, 30-page Travel section and neighborhood zones; edited news in daily and local news sections. 1999-2009.
Wallace Law Office, Canton, MA
As a paralegal, wrote case chronologies, prepared and edited documents and did research for firm dealing with family issues. 2010-2011.
Fundraiser and Chief Writer/Editor
Interlock Media, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Composed narrative, donor appeals, blogs, press releases, and client proposals for nonprofit film company. 2009-2010.
Layout Copy Editor
THE PROVIIDENCE JOURNAL, Providence, RI
Designed and produced pages and sections in Features and News departments. 1985-1999
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Center for Legal Studies, Bridgewater, Mass
“Ms Morin Fitzgerald is an excellent writer with a fine sense for story and lyricism in her journalism and grant writing. She quickly drills down to the core and extracts the gist of any issue with excellent prose and pacing. She is fast, great to work with, and has tremendous stamina. Her editing work, delivered with compassion and a light touch, is also excellent and demonstrative of her deep training.” October 10, 2009 - Jonathan P. Schwartz Interlock Media director
“Patty Fitzgerald was a real leader on the copy desk of the Globe's fast-expanding regional news sections. She helped me design the copy desk structure, and always seemed a step ahead in terms of visualizing solutions to potential problems. She has a deep understanding of the region, based on her years as an editor, and an ability to cut to the essence of any issue.” April 14, 2009 - Ellen Clegg , Assistant Managing Editor, Boston Globe
“Patty Morin Fitzgerald is an excellent editor, with strong attention to detail. I have worked with Patty at two newspapers - the Boston Globe and the (now) MetroWest Daily News - and she has been nothing less than a consummate professional.” - Matt Carroll , Reporter/databases, MIT
“In over a decade of working with Patty, I observed her taking a professional, creative and caring interest in getting things right, from the fine points of writing, editing, design and pagination to the broader issues of efficient workflow and news gathering.” - Doug Fellow , Copy editor chief, Providence Journal
“Patty Fitzgerald is an accomplished editor and reporter. As a writer, her story ideas are creative, her reporting is thorough and her writing is clear and compelling. Patty and I worked together at the Providence Journal, and both worked for the Middlesex News earlier in our careers. Recently, she has contributed several articles to various Lawyers Weekly publications, writing knowledgeably on a variety of legal and medical subjects.” - Nora Tooher, business reporter, The Providence Journal
“I had the pleasure of working with Patty Morin Fitzgerald both as a fellow reporter and as a staff reporter in a bureau that she supervised. I found her to be a gifted and tenacious journalist, who could immediately grasp the importance of an event, conversation or public document then work myriad sources to flesh out a story. As a supervisor, she was organized, efficient and cool under fire, setting high standards and leading by example.” Andy Tomolonis , Executive news editor , MetroWest Daily News