Name

James A. Molnar

About

Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, James majored in journalism and French at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

He is currently working as a freelance designer, social media and marketings coordinator, helping organizations large and small with design, social media and marketing needs.

He has worked for media companies large and small. He worked for five years at Toledo Free Press, a weekly newspaper in his hometown that closed its doors in April 2015. During his time there, he was design editor, managing the design desk and overseeing all visual elements for the company. He started as lead designer for the arts and entertainment Star edition.

During the summer of 2009, he was a design editor at the daily newspaper for the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

In his free time, he enjoys watching TV and movies, along with keeping up with his Twitter account. He is also an Academy Awards fanatic — he blogs about the Oscars as The Gold Knight at http://TheGoldKnight.com.

Find out more here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesamolnar

Experience

Social Media Coordinator

Corpus Christi University Parish, Toledo, OH

Oversaw complete redesign and relaunch of website. Launch and maintain social media channels for church, along with content creation for website.

Freelance Designer

Maritz LLC, Southfield, MI

Design, edit content for the General Motors Preferred Owner loyalty program, including print and web design and coding.

Design Editor

Toledo Free Press, Toledo, OH

• Design and lay out content for two weekly editions
• Work with ad representatives to design and manage advertisements
• Collaborate with editors on social media, website design, special projects
• Send paper to printer

Film Editor

Toledo Free Press, Toledo, OH

• Write reviews and articles, along with weekly TV and radio appearances

Creator & Editor

The Gold Knight, Toledo, OH

• Covers everything surrounding the Academy Awards, movies and awards season
• Reported from Oscars Red Carpet in Hollywood every year since 2011
• Columns and articles also appear in Toledo Free Press and on ToledoFreePress.com

Lead Designer

Toledo Free Press, Toledo, OH

Design Editor

The Chautauquan Daily, Chautauqua, NY

• Laid out pages and designed graphic content
• Wrote headlines and photos captions

Assistant Visual Content Editor

The Marquette Tribune, Milwaukee, WI

• Laid out pages
• Designed graphic content
• Produced award-winning weekly entertainment podcast
• Helped manage department

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & French

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Also studied at the Université Catholique de Lille in France as an exchange student in Fall 2007

Awards

Best Page One Design Ohio Society of Professional Journalists

For Toledo Free Press STAR

Best Graphic Designer, 2nd Place Ohio Society of Professional Journalists

For Toledo Free Press STAR

Online Media – Best Podcast Milwaukee Press Club

For The Marquette Tribune, with Rincey Abraham

General News Team Coverage Society of Professional Journalists

1st place (Region 6) and National Finalist

Recognition CharlesApple.com

Recognized for various front page and inside designs at CharlesApple.com

Specialties

  • Design
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • AP Style
  • Blogging
  • Photography
  • Layout
  • Adobe
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign

Skills

  • Adobe Audition
  • After Effects
  • Fireworks
  • Flash
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro
  • Blogger
  • WordPress
  • Social Media
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube