“Jenni Gritters is nothing short of an extraordinary talent. Meticulously and highly organized, mind-blowingly efficient, thorough and considerate, Jenni was an incredible team player at Upworthy... She can literally tackle any project — no matter how large or small, and you can absolutely rest assured it will be handled flawlessly.”
- Amy O’Leary, VP Content at Headspace
Boston University: Master of Science in Journalism with distinction: May 2014
Bucknell University: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, cum laude, minor in English: May 2012
Freelance Writer & Editor; Remote, January 2013- Present
As a freelance writer and editor, I work with a variety of publications and companies, including The Johns Hopkins Health Review, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 538 Science, athenahealth, Greatist, and more. You can also find my published bylines in the New England Journal of Medicine, Upworthy, MedTech Boston, America's Test Kitchen, Wirecutter and Boston magazine.
I've also been a researcher, editor and ghostwriter on a number of book projects over the years, including:
-A scientific self-help book about the use of positive psychology tools in management environments.
-A guidebook to writing narrative non-fiction, written by one of the founders of American narrative journalism.
-A book project around the psychology and history of the American workplace, written by a well-known science journalist.
Freelance Audience Engagement Consultant; Remote, January 2017-Present
I work as a contract audience engagement consultant for media companies like the Seattle Times (Education Lab) and the Solutions Journalism Network. This involves suggesting best social media practices, conducting headline writing workshops, and running content audits (I use data to suggest low-effort ways to improve traffic on pre-existing content).
Editor at Wirecutter/ New York Times, April 2017-April 2018
As an editor at the New York Times-owned product review site, Wirecutter, I project managed, wrote, updated and edited 30+ longform product reviews per year, mostly featuring outdoor, fitness and travel-related products. I worked with staff and freelance writers daily, making decisions about story direction, photoshoots, testing protocols, interviews, line edits, research, story packaging and visual storytelling.
"[Jenni] was one of the best editors we had - efficient, flexible, creative, and always willing to tackle new jobs... She was a supportive and thoughtful member of our team, and did especially excellent work with writers who weren't experienced or who faced challenges with their content or workflow. Jenni's work ethic is formidable, and her ability to work quickly and accurately is exceptional."
-Dan Koeppel, Deputy Editor, Wirecutter
Editor at Upworthy; Remote, June 2016-December 2016
While working as an Editor at Upworthy, I ran our freelance and licensing programs, which I launched by myself when I joined Upworthy in 2015. As part of this work, I fielded pitches, managed financial and story budgets, assigned stories to freelancers, searched the web for viral content, cultivated relationships with strong contributors, and edited content.
In addition to this, I also managed and edited a team of staff writers. I made strategic decisions daily about content direction, framing, and assignments. I tracked my writers' progress weekly and provided feedback on goals and needed improvements for success. I also coached writers from all across the editorial team on story structure, narrative skills, and story packaging.
Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy; Remote, June 2015-May 2016
As the Executive Assistant of Editorial, I worked with Upworthy's editorial director, Amy O'Leary, on strategic team management, scheduling, onboarding, hiring, training, and other high level administrative tasks. I also filled-in as an editor for our staff writers as needed, managing teams of five on an interim basis and helping them with content decisions, framing, breaking news decisions, and story packaging.
While in this role, I singlehandedly built, launched, and managed our freelance and licensing programs, which were previously non-existent. After 6 months, the program increased traffic significantly (often bringing in several million page views per month, at least). I brought in hundreds of new voices, built an effective pipeline for pitch submissions, contracts, edits, writer training, and payment processing, and produced hundreds of stories from new writers.
Managing Editor at MedTech Boston; Cambridge, MA, July 2014-May 2015
I managed a staff of 15 staff writers, freelancers and interns daily, in addition to fielding pitches, assigning and editing stories, managing the publication schedule, writing feature stories, and managing social media. I also also piloted and implemented long-term projects, including live events, contests, sponsored content, and publishable best-practices guides.
"I am accustomed to managing medical teams, and Jenni has more attention to detail and organization than 90% of the interns and residents who I have managed in a clinical setting. It's pretty straight forward to understand how this made Jenni an amazing Managing Editor. But this also extends into new and novel obstacles that you give her. For example, we organized a 400+ Google innovation event. Jenni planned, had meetings, created lists, distributed tasks, foresaw problems, and created solutions in an organized, efficient, and controlled manner that made this one of the most, possibly the most, successful medical technology innovation event in Boston for the year."
-Jennifer Joe, MD, CEO & Founder of Medstro & MedTech Boston
Research Associate & Content Developer at Evidence Based Psychology; Newton, MA, May 2014- Dec. 2014
I created content for EBP internal use and for client use, including pamphlets, reports, research papers, proposals, newsletters and emails. I also ghostwrote and edited Harvard Business Review blogs, and assisted the CEO with the research, development, writing and editing of a book on emotional agility.
Conference Coordinator at Boston University; Boston, MA, September 2013- May 2014
I selected and recruited speakers for the 2014 Power of Narrative Journalism Conference, shaped keynote speeches, created the weekend schedule, booked hotel rooms, and assisted with all logistics on weekend of 400-person journalism conference, including tech setup and managing a staff of 40+ volunteers and BU personnel.
Digital Editorial Health Intern at Boston Magazine; Boston, MA, June 2013 – August 2013
I pitched and wrote four Boston health-related stories per day, including news, aggregation, features, Q&As and round-ups. I also managed Hub Health’s Facebook page, completed various research tasks, and edited freelancer work.
Summer High School Journalism Instructor at Boston University; Boston, MA, May 2013- Aug. 2013
I developed my own J-school curriculum, wrote lesson plans, and taught basic journalism, writing and reporting skills to high school students during three 2-week sessions.
Graduate Research Assistant at Boston University; Boston, MA, August 2012- December 2013
I assisted Ellen Shell, a science journalism professor, with research, fact checking and copyediting for her book (on the psychology of the American work force). I also helped Safoura Rafeizadeh, an editorial design professor, with presentations on the importance of design for writers and editors.
Undergraduate Research Assistant at Bucknell University; Lewisburg, PA, September 2010 – May 2012
I conducted research on sexual assault and the hookup culture, including creating a questionnaire, analyzing data using SPSS, compiling reports, and presenting the findings to students and faculty.