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My Experience

Owner, Primary Consultant

The January Strategy

​2011 to Present

I do independent consulting to help diverse clients with communications, project management and problem solving. Projects include:

  • 2024: Sponsorship Steward, ETHDenver. (Denver, Colorado) ETHDenver is an innovation festival and hackathon focused on the convergence of blockchain technology, decentralization, education, community and culture. As a sponsor steward, I was responsible for over 40 company sponsors for three months leading up to the onsite event in Denver. I developed an understanding of each sponsors needs and goals and maintained daily communication. I utilized various project management tools such as Asana, Google Docs, CRM, Slack and Telegram and vendor portals to shepherd sponsors though a complex environment that included expo booth design, marketing assets, and the hackathon in a timely manner, all the while facilitating communication and deliverables with multiple, decentralized ETHDenver teams. We then worked on-site to welcome over 15,000 people over 9 days of events.

  • 2022/2023: Project Manager, Colorado Citizen's Observers Pilot Project. (Larimer County, Colorado). I was hired by volunteers from the League of Women Voters Larimer County to build a comprehensive program to train and employ people to attend local government meetings and create non-partisan reports with supporting documentation to share with the public and media. As a journalist and strategic planner, I was the only paid staff, (part-time) and served all aspects of the pilot from design to technology to publishing. I created a project plan, developed new roles, facilitated partners, created outreach strategies and instruments, developed a video processing and AI workflow, built the website and Google Drive backend, created a training program, hired and trained staff, developed reporting processes, and was responsible for creating processes and documentation required for scaling the program statewide. 

  • 2022: Strategic planning and workshops for non-profit wellness business (Denver, Colorado)​

  • 2022: Videographer and editor for sports wellness videos

  • 2022: Producer for KGNU radio: Feature production, audio editing and hosting for public affairs shows "Metro" and "It's the Economy."

  • 2018: Launched the “As Good As Mine” artist collective and produced art events at the Indiana University Art Museum, the American Writers Museum (Chicago) and the Room Gallery (Venice, Italy).​

  • 2017: Videographer and editor for "There Is A Singing Around Me" a site-specific, live, public performance of dance and music and resulting experimental film "Lovers Tangle." 

  • 2016: Producer and audio engineer for “Friends for Real with Othello Clark” podcast on Howl.fm

  • 2014/2015: Primary graphic designer for Tangerine Temple 2015 and 2016 product catalogs.

  • 2014: Primary strategic planning consultant for a social enterprise with the South-Central Community Action Program. I conducted a pre-feasibility study that covered social enterprise best practices, industry research and business planning. After they received project funding, I assisted with site selection, committee organization, marketing materials development, program participant identification and grant writing. Growing Opportunities had a ground breaking in October 2014 and launched the business.​

  • 2013: Subcontractor serving as researcher and project manager for the City of Columbus Housing Needs Assessment.​

  • 2013: Subcontractor responsible for content coordination, design and layout of the City of Greenfield Downtown Revitalization Plan.

  • 2009: Videographer and editor for "Eco-Rock-U-Mentally" with the Giving Tree Band

  • 2007: Primary graphic designer for "On the Right Track" Album booklet by The Skatalites

Director of Client Engagement

AVP

May 2019 to April 2022

AVP is a digital asset management consulting and software company focused on helping organizations maximize their data for access, preservation, and innovative re-use. As Director of Client Engagement, I was responsible for all marketing and sales activities. I supported consulting, software development and software products to grow revenue through a combination of 1) promoting, cultivating, and maintaining the AVP brand and image through creation and execution of the AVP marketing plan, 2) converting leads into the right opportunities; and 3) providing effective management throughout the sales cycle to provide an excellent experience for customers, improve win rates, and increase wins.

Practically this included: 

  • Client development: first point of contact for inquiry, including providing appropriate levels of information and all client sales correspondence/meetings

  • Proposals: created proposal templates, developed proposals with clients and internal SME’s. Ranged from high level description of services to complex federal and international proposals. 

  • Contracts and Pricing: responsible for proposal budget spreadsheets, financial reporting in CRM, project agreements and statements of work. 

  • Marketing: created and executed complex marketing campaigns with a range of assets and engagement points for diverse services and software products. 

  • Social Media: multi-platform social media content creation, campaigns, and interactions. 

  • CRM: primary responsibility for Hubspot CRM including all sales and marketing modules like contacts, mass email, workflows, deals, blog, landing pages, forms and reporting.

  • Webinars: conception, promotion, and production of product and services webinars and educational presentations. 

Business Development Coordinator

Memnon Archiving Services, A Sony Group Company

July 2016 to May 2019

Memnon provides solutions for preserving audio, video and film by providing digitization, access and storage solutions. I worked closely with executive leadership to develop new accounts, administer client communications and services, create marketing initiatives, manage CRM databases, conduct archives research, travel to meet clients and sponsor conferences, develop proposals for services and engage in strategic partnerships. Also gained technical knowledge of media preservation within analog and digital technology. 

News Director

KDNK Community Radio

July 2014 to 2016

 

KDNK is a dynamic community access radio station in Carbondale, Colorado with over 100 volunteers who contribute to programming. As News Director, I was responsible for all of the station's news and public affairs content.  I managed staff and volunteers, produced daily reporting for morning and evening newscasts, hosted live shows and specials, maintained the news website and built partnerships with community and news organizations. During my tenure we expanded our news coverage and won regional journalism awards.

"Trump's Teens" by January Jones, June 2016

 

News Director

WFHB Community Radio

2004 to 2011

 

WFHB is a community radio station charged with a mission to increase the cultural diversity of Bloomington, Indiana. I served as News Director during 2011, after beginning as Assistant News Director in 2009. In those capacities I was responsible for nearly 100 volunteers and 17 local productions, including our award-winning Daily Local News. I wrote news stories, conducted interviews, hosted shows and edited audio/images to cover community events. I also was responsible for creating an ‘open door’ environment, updating website content, conducting news department public outreach, training volunteers and developing working relationships with community partners.  A primary responsibility was to produce a weekly, televised show with Community Access Television Services about local government called CATS Week.  I was the primary writer and host for over 30 episodes that included in-depth interviews with local leaders and a multi-part field series about planning and development in downtown Bloomington. During my time there I won several reporting awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. Before joining the staff, I began as a volunteer music programmer in 2004 and continued to host a music mix until 2011. 

CATS Week

This is a weekly television program about local government in Monroe County produced between WFHB and the local cable access television station- CATS. Since the early 1980's CATS has been televising and archiving local government meetings. This video content, combined with anchor segments and studio interviews was turned into detailed coverage of more than 20 governing bodies. The stories first appeared on the CATS Week TV show and then were flipped for use on the radio by WFHB's Daily Local News. In addition to government meeting coverage on CATS Week,  I also interviewed local community leaders to give context about complicated municipal structures like the Board of Public Works or the Monroe County Plan Commission. Additionally, I was able to produce a 3-part field segment about development called "Changing Bloomington." 

Community Outreach and Development Coordinator

Life Designs (formerly Options for Better Living)

2009 to 2011

 

Life Designs is a parent founded, non-profit that supports people with disabilities. While serving as the Community Outreach and Development Coordinator, we implemented the Benevon model of fundraising with our donor base. My duties included designing marketing and multi-media communication materials. I also maintained the donor database, organized community events, managed board members and staff, identified funding opportunities and provided general support for various organizational needs. My employment was cut short by state funding reductions. 

Project Coordinator

Monroe County Access to Recreation

2007 to 2009

 

MCAR was a partnership promoting accessible recreation comprised of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Monroe County Parks and Recreation and Life Designs. The partnership built an accessible recreation area at Karst Farm Park and an endowment fund. As the independent Project Coordinator, I facilitated the grant and the relationships between the partners, designed and managed communications, convened project steering committee meetings, fundraised and conducted community outreach. I began as a volunteer on the committee and helped write the successful funding application. 

 

Click below to watch a video we made about the construction and grand opening of the park. 

 

Director of Communications and Project Associate

Strategic Development Group

​2004 to 2008

 

SDG was a consulting firm concentrating on strategic planning, research and project management for community and economic development projects. As a Project Associate, I provided support and management for diverse projects throughout the state that included community needs assessments and municipal comprehensive plans.  I conducted web-based research, created analytical reports, designed surveys, supported website updates and design. I also did data management, client correspondence, marketing and outreach, conference/meeting logistics, graphic design and document/report writing, editing and preparation. During this time I launched two websites- "Meet the Heartlands" (a virtual family representing typical demographics of southern Indiana) and "The Farmers Network" (an early social networking website for alternative agriculture).  I worked with a range of government, non-profit and private sector clients. I continued to work with SDG on projects as a subcontractor until 2013. 

Research Director

Improving Kids' Environment (IKE)

​2002 to 2004

 

IKE is a non-profit children's environmental health coalition. As Research Director, I was in charge of implementing projects, working with communities, conducting outreach and reporting on project outcomes.  I assisted the executive director with organizing conferences and trainings, managing board and coalition meetings, creating educational materials and applying for funding. A primary responsibility was managing the Citizen's Healthy Homes Initiative.  We partnered with a local community center to help people identify home health hazards like lead-based paint. We trained youth and community members to conduct home inspections using scientific sampling techniques to detect lead-based paint, cockroaches, mold, carbon monoxide and radon. We then advocated for the residents desired housing outcomes. 

Awards/Recognitions

 

2015 Radio, Television and Digital News Association’s Edward R. Murrow Awards

  • Best Newscast, Region 3 Small Market- “KDNK Local Newscast September 29, 2015  – January Jones (reporter/producer), et al

 

2015 Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards

  • Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast, Medium Market – “KDNK Local Newscast September 29, 2015 and October 22, 2015” – January Jones (reporter/producer), et al

2011 Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Awards (Any Indiana Radio Station Category)

  • Best Coverage of Government or Politics – 1st Place- “Voter Accessibility: Monroe County in Violation of Help America Vote Act"- January Jones (reporter/writer)

  •  General News- Honorable Mention- “Guns Ok in Public Library”  - January Jones (reporter/writer)

2010 Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Awards (Any Indiana Radio Station Category)

  • Best Coverage of Government or Politics – 1st Place- “Nash Finch Comes to Town”- January Jones (reporter/writer)

  • Best Radio Spot News – 1st Place -“Drug Testing in Local Schools” - January Jones (reporter/writer)

  • Best Radio Newscast – 1st Place -“Daily Local News - December 17, 2010” - January Jones (reporter/writer), et al

  • Best Coverage of Children's Issues –1st Place -“A King's Legacy: What Would King Say to Obama?” - January Jones (reporter/producer), et al

  • Best Radio General News – 2nd Place - “Bloomington Joins Arizona Boycott” - January Jones (reporter/writer)

  • Best Radio Documentary or Special – 2nd Place- “Streets of Bloomington 2010: A P.A.T.H. Less Taken” January Jones (reporter/writer)

  • Best Coverage of Government or Politics – 3rd Place- “Election Night Special”-  January Jones (reporter/writer), et al

  • Best Criminal Justice Reporting – Honorable Mention-  “Access to Inmate Records Denied”- January Jones (reporter/writer)

 

2009 Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Awards (Any Indiana Radio Station Category)

  • Best Criminal Justice Reporting- 1st Place- “Jail Lawsuit Settled, Problems Persist”- January Jones (reporter/writer)

  • Best Newscast- 1st Place- Daily Local News October 22, 2009- January Jones (reporter/writer), et al

Professional Development

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  • National Press Association’s Women in Photojournalism Conference, 2008; New Orleans, Louisiana

  • NON-COMMvention- Triple A Radio Conference, 2009; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Public Radio Program Directors Conference, 2009; Cleveland, Ohio

  • National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference, 2010; Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • National Conference for Media Reform, 2011; Boston, Massachusetts

  • Society of Professional Journalists, Excellence in Journalism Conference, 2011; New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Denver Open Media, Workshops and Productions, 2014; Denver, Colorado

  • Association of Moving Image Archives, 2016- 2019

  • International Federation of Film Archives, 2017; Los Angeles, California

  • Association of Recorded Sound Collections, 2017; San Antonio, Texas

  • International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, 2017, Berlin, Germany

  • Radio Preservation Task Force, 2017; Washington, DC

  • Audio Engineering Society, 2018; Culpeper, Virginia

  • Digital Library Federation and National Data Stewardship Alliance, 2018; Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Midwest Archives Conference, 2019; Detroit, Michigan

  • Society of American Archivists, 2019; Austin, Texas

  • Music Library Association Annual Meeting, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia

  • Advancing Equity in Local News, 2022; Denver, Colorado

  • Colorado Press Association Convention, 2023; Denver, Colorado

  • National Freedom of Information Coalition, 2023; Virtual

 
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