Lauren M. Schumacker
laurenschumacker.strikingly.com 708 856-7888
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Master of Arts in Journalism 2015
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chicago, IL
Certificate in Culinary Arts 2014
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science, Minor in History, Certificate in Interprofessional Education 2013
Freelance Writer, INSIDER, 2017-present
Research, report and write stories relating to health and, on occasion, other lifestyle topics. Stories include “9 things to do with apple cider vinegar that can make you healthier — and 5 that won’t,” “15 things you'll see at everyone's wedding in 2018” and “I ate like Katy Perry for a week — and it's one of the easiest diets I've ever tried.”
Lifestyle Writer, Romper, 2016-present
Research, report, write, edit and digitally publish stories relating to relationships and other lifestyle topics. Stories include “7 Common Complaints Couples Don’t Express To Each Other In A Healthy Relationship,” “8 Surprising Clues Your Partner Doesn’t See A Future With You, Even Though You Thought You Would Get Married” and “12 Physical Red Flags That Your Anxiety May Be More Serious Than You Think.”
Freelancer Copywriter, 2016-present
Write copy, create brochures, research and write blog posts and more for clients.
Freelance Writer, Tales of the Cocktail
Research, report and write stories about topics relating to the cocktail and spirits industry. Wrote stories about Underberg and Goombay Smashes.
Freelance Writer, Sauce Magazine
Report on restaurant openings, closings and ownership changes in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Interview area chefs for tips, stories and recipes. Write assigned stories as needed. Assist with fact-checking as needed.
Freelance Writer, Mashed, 2017-2018
Researched, reported and wrote stories about food, restaurants and more. Stories included “Tricks to making the creamiest mac and cheese ever” and “Wine rules you should break.”
Freelance Writer, The List, 2017
Researched, reported and wrote stories relating to lifestyle topics ranging from food and health to love and entertainment. Stories included “The most important things you can do to take care of your skin in your 40s,” “The real reason that bridesmaids all dress the same” and “Ways your partner's health affects your own.”
Contract Writer/Content Specialist, KARNA, Atlanta, GA 2016
Researched, reported and wrote a few short articles about community health programs and the like. Researched additional programs for potential future features and combed through past content for ideas for different ways to feature future content.
Freelance Writer, Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA 2015
Researched, reported and wrote stories for biweekly The Locavore column, which covers food and farming around Athens and northeast Georgia.
Editorial Intern, Sauce Magazine, St. Louis, MO 2015
Reported on restaurant openings and closings in the St. Louis metropolitan area, con- tributed to the weekly Edible Weekend newsletter, compiled research for print stories, assisted with magazine-sponsored events including Food Truck Friday, Saint Louis Art Museum outdoor summer film series and Saucy Soirée, ran occasional errands and did some fact checking.
ABH Test Kitchen Intern, Athens Banner-Herald & Online Athens, Athens, GA 2015
Created original recipes to run in the paper and online, participated in how-to video shoots & covered food-related events in the Athens area such as the Georgia Organics Conference and the Athens Science Café presentation on fermented foods.
Freelance Writer, Georgia Health News, Athens, GA
Researched, reported and wrote stories related to food, health and nutrition in the state of Georgia. Shot and edited photos and videos to accompany stories.
Cookbook Intern, Flavour Cooking School, Forest Park, IL 2014
Organized 100 students’ recipe testing feedback, reviewed comments, revised recipes, tested recipes, researched self-publishing and self-publishers, assisted the executive chef/owner in making decisions for the book and edited book proof.
Program Manager, Purple Asparagus, Chicago, IL 2013-2014
Acted as go-to contact person for about 20 lead instructors, distributed information on behalf of the organization to lead instructors and teachers, acted as lead instructor for one of our school programs and worked with senior program manager and founding executive director on miscellaneous projects.
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc) iPhoto
Final Cut Pro
Lauren covers food, drinks, health, farming and other lifestyle topics from her home base in Chicago. When she's not working, she's often paging through dreamy cookbooks or exploring her favorite cities. Want to work together? Let's talk!
WRITING & EDITING
Food, cooking and eating, farming, health and recipe testing and development.
Georgia Health News
Georgia Health News is a digital publication that specifically focuses on health and medical stories directly affecting Georgians.
The local newspaper serving Athens and the surrounding area.
A local magazine covering all things culinary in the St. Louis metro area.
St. Louis, Missouri
Independent magazine that covers news, arts, sports and events in and around Athens.
Flavour Cooking School taught cooking classes to home cooks and acted as a culinary resource in the community.
Forest Park, Illinois
I assisted Chef Denise Norton in phases 2 & 3 of the recipe testing process, helped research and choose publishing options, assisted in the choosing of photos and edited the book before it went to print.
Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail focuses on cocktails and the spirits industry as a whole.
Atlanta, GA / New Orleans, LA
Romper is a parenting site for (and by) millennial women.
The List is a female-focused lifestyle site.
Mashed covers all things food, from tips and how-to's to restaurants, recipes and food facts.
INSIDER is a lifestyle site that covers everything from food and travel to health, design & culture
VIDEOS & SOUND SLIDES
Odds and ends audio and video pieces
Lauren visits Jubilee Partners in Comer, GA.
UGA researcher Daniel Perez talks about his research at the PDRC.
Lauren visits the Clarke Middle School Garden in Athens, GA.
Sarah Barnette talks about her years as a poll worker in Athens, GA.
Annalyn Tocci talks about what it's like to work at the Hearing Aid Center at Costco in Augusta, GA.
Dr. Hammad Aslam is a second year resident at the Spain Rehabilitation Center at the University of Alabama - Birmingham.