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Carmen K. Sisson

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Award-winning journalist and photojournalist, specializing in human interest stories

About Me

I provide writing and photography for media outlets, tourism boards, and corporations. I also produce content marketing materials for businesses of all sizes. I am known for my skill in humanizing dry content and eliciting a high emotional response in readers.

Available for short-notice and long-term travel throughout the U.S.

Published credits: Christian Science Monitor, TIME, Washington Post, Associated Press, EFE News Services (Spain), and NYT.

Past corporate clients: Mack Trucks, Randall-Reilly Publishing, Discover DeKalb, Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Specialties: News, human interest stories, case studies, tourism, travel, Southern culture, civil rights, social justice, environment, education, military, religion, community journalism, natural disasters, the Gulf Coast, social media, and photojournalism.

Coverage area: Primarily Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina. 

Open to travel throughout the U.S.

Industries I Write About

Civic & Social Organization

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Automotive

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Consumer Goods

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Consumer Services

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Environmental Services

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Hospitality

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Hospital & Health Care

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Leisure & Travel

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Mental Health Care

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Museums & Institutions

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Newspapers

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Philanthropy

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Photography

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Publishing

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Religious Institutions

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Veterinary

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Writing & Editing

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My Writing Samples

For Mike Adams Towing, it's a family affair

In this Mack Trucks customer success story, I traveled to Macon, Ga. to spotlight a family-owned towing company and their latest fleet acquisition.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/mike-adams-towing-family-affair/

Superior Transportation CEO born to drive a Mack

In this Mack Trucks customer success story, I traveled to Charleston, S.C. and interviewed the owner of Superior Transportation, who operates a 40-truck fleet transporting high profile, challenging cargo.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/superior-transportation-ceo-born-to-drive-a-mack/

Smithville, Mississippi: After killer tornado, an abiding faith

I wrote and photographed this story for TIME Magazine, who sent me to Smithville, Mississippi after a tornado destroyed the town.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/smithville-mississippi-tornado/

Ministry takes fatherless boys under its wing

This award-winning story was written when I was news editor at The Commercial Dispatch, a Mississippi daily newspaper. It focuses on a man who turned the pain of growing up fatherless into a ministry, helping hundreds of children. This story was awarded second place feature writing in the Mississippi Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest and the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors 2011 contest.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/mentors-for-fatherless-boys/

Unflagging devotion

This story, written for Christian Science Monitor, focused on the people who work at a Huntsville, Ala., flag factory — one of only seven in the nation to make interment flags for veterans.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/unflagging-devotion/

Louisiana flood survivors helped by Southern Baptists

This story was one of several written for North American Mission Board after severe flooding in Louisiana and Texas.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/volunteers-aid-louisiana-flood-survivors/

Heroes among us: J.B. Hunt reaches out to veterans

This story was written for trucking company JB Hunt, which wanted to raise awareness about its commitment to hiring military veterans for jobs in the trucking industry.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/heroes-among-us-j-b-hunt-reaches-veterans/

Post-Katrina charity starts with a home

This Christian Science Monitor story took me to Pearlington, Mississippi, where I spent time with volunteers who gave up their lives and careers to rebuild a town destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

https://www.carmenksisson.com/post-katrina-charity-starts-with-a-home/

Experience

Writer and Photographer

Provide photos/text for regional, national, and international publications. • Provide marketing materials for commercial clients and tourism boards. • Provide copy editing, line editing, and proofreading services. • Active participant in social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr.

Company: Cloudybright Communications

I worked there from 12/1987 until now

News Editor

• Oversee the newsroom in the managing editor's absence. • Edit copy, make assignments and work closely with a staff of three reporters and two photographers to shape content and develop stories. • Line-edit and proof pages. • Develop self-driven, long-term and short-term enterprise projects, orchestrating the writing, photography and presentation. • Specialize in human interest features, long-form narrative and takeouts. • Covered education, economic development and military affairs.

Company: The Commercial Dispatch

I worked there from 4/2011 until 5/2013

Editor

• Assisted with founding paper, helping develop ethical standards, corporate policy, branding, design, and community relations. • Doubled circulation, receiving the 2002 Most Improved award from the Alabama Press Association. • Coordinated a five-person staff, covering a 2,751-square mile area. • Recruited and taught stringers, several of whom now hold staff jobs at daily newspapers. • Wrote 8-10 news stories, one editorial, and one personal column each week.

Company: The Northport Gazette

I worked there from 12/1998 until 7/2002

Reporter and Photographer

• Covered news, sports, and feature stories as a paid contributor for The Tillman's Corner News and Mobile County News during my freshman through senior year in high school. • Provided two to three text/photo packages per week while working part-time as a veterinarian's assistant and maintaining a 4.16 GPA.

Company: Bay Area News Network

I worked there from 12/1987 until 5/1991

Content I Write