Jessica (Jesse) Hanus

740 South Ave., Apt 1, Rochester, NY 14609
(518) 248-7466 ::


Communications specialist seeking a challenging full-time position in Western New York. Looking to further my career in the public relations field and use my organizational and interpersonal skills.


  • Content management systems (Umbraco, WordPress)
  • Image editing and design (Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Blogging and word processing software (WordPress, Microsoft Office)
  • Online marketing (MailChimp, SurveyMonkey)
  • Mastery of AP style
  • Social media (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest)
  • Digital photography
  • Video production (Final Cut, Premiere Pro)
  • Audio editing (Audacity)


Rochester Institute of Technology :: Rochester, NY
Bachelor of Science in Communication – Journalism, 2011
GPA: 3.8/4.0

Schenectady County Community College :: Schenectady, NY
Associate of Science in Business Administration, 2008
GPA: 3.87/4.0


Xerox :: Rochester, NY
Communications Specialist, July 2012-Present

  • Write and distribute press releases, newsletters, reports, biographies, and other written content
  • Contributed editing and feedback to help create two event briefing books
  • Video and photo assignments including creating a video podcast storyboard, attending filming and editing sessions, photographing headshots and facilities

Groove Juice Swing / Independent :: Rochester, NY
Swing Dance Instructor, Performer, and Executive Board Member, May 2006-Present

  • Assist in the planning and execution of three yearly workshop weekends with upward of 250 attendees, weekly classes, and weekly and monthly dances.
  • Responsible for agenda and note taking at weekly meetings and daily management of email, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.
  • Film and edit video recaps of classes and events.

Democrat and Chronicle :: Rochester, NY
Freelance Writer/Photographer, May 2011-Present

  • Contribute articles and photos to, a section of the online publication, as well as the young professionals and business sections.
  • Responsibilities have included weekly Women to Watch column, daily social media posts, and weekly blog posts.
  • Produce material on a tight deadline that focus on topics of interest to female readers, young professionals, and businesspeople in Rochester.

Rochester City Newspaper :: Rochester, NY
Freelance Writer/Photographer, June 2010-Present

  • Pitch, research, fact check, and write feature articles and blogs on a strict deadline.
  • Produced cover stories about the Latin dance and comedy scenes in Rochester.
  • Photograph images to accompany articles.

RIT’s Reporter magazine :: Henrietta, NY
Writer, Sept. 2009-May 2011

  • Experience writing news, leisure, and feature articles.
  • Regularly worked on a deadline.
  • Collaborated with editors, other writers, and photographers to complete pieces.


  • Live Coverage: Imagine RIT innovation festival :: Official live blogger for TEDxRochester
  • Video Stories: Imagine RIT exhibitors :: Gordon Webster band on playing for swing dancers
  • Audio Stories: East Avenue Wegmans expansion :: Groupon’s impact on local businesses
  • In-Depth Pieces: Rochester’s local food movement :: Rochester International Jazz Festival


RIT Digital Journalism Tool Development Contest, 2nd place :: Rochester, NY, May 2011

  • Created a hyper-local news web app that finds news based on the user’s geographical location.
  • Worked with a programmer to build the website, provide feedback, and make modifications.
  • Developed a business plan which detailed the cost structure, product testing, implementation, and advantages for news organizations.

Kearse Writing Award :: Rochester, NY
Journalism Category, March 2010

  • Wrote a research paper titled, “The Rise of Infotainment and Its Impact on Audiences and Political Involvement.”
  • Concluded that infotainment can and has increased political interest and has the potential to increase political involvement, especially in younger generations.


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