Phillip J. Colpas             

1 S. Florence Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 362-0576 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_high Phil@ConsiderItWritten.com


·         Florida Press Association award-winning journalist, writer and newspaper/magazine editor with 20 years of experience.

·         Creative, passionate, innovative, excellent under pressure and used to working in a deadline-driven environment.


April 2007-present     Self-employed freelance copywriter, founder, CEO, ConsiderItWritten.com, which specializes in healthcare IT content creation; clients include: UnitedHealth Group, Optum, AgencyTen22, HealthPort, Craneware, B.E. Smith, Aria, TrustHCS, HIM Connections, Knight Marketing, Biz 941 (Sarasota Magazine’s business publication), Q+E Design, Pelican Press, InStudioE, Osprey Biotechnics, Mandala Spa, StephieRockwell.com, Helping Kids Reach for the Stars, The King Louie Band, and many more.

Sept. 2009-Nov. 2013 Managing editor, Health Management Technology, a national trade magazine focusing on healthcare IT         


·         Communicated with hundreds of PR firms, ad agencies and companies to align content with editorial calendar

·         Reviewed abstracts, determined which were worthy of being fleshed out into a full-fledged feature

·         Wrote content for magazine, e-newsletter and Web site

·         Edited content for magazine, e-newsletter and Web site

·         Wrote monthly editorial

·         Involved in layout of book and cover design with graphic artists

·         Attended several healthcare IT trade shows to meet with clients and perspective clients

July 1998-March ‘07 Associate editor, Pelican Press, a weekly community newspaper based in Sarasota, Florida


·       Earned several awards from the Florida Press Association for news, editorial, feature, column and headline writing; also awards for page design; overall excellence; and special sections


·         Oversaw A&E section for newspaper with 30,000+ circulation

·         Managed editorial content, columnists

·         Assigned stories and photos

·         Proofed and edited copy

·         Responsible for page design and layout

·         Updated and maintained the Pelican Press Web site

·         Wrote a biweekly “Island Beat” column, covering Siesta Key

·         Wrote a biweekly music column, “In The Groove”

·         Wrote the newspaper’s editorial once a month

·         As a member of the editorial board, interviewed political candidates and determined newspaper’s endorsements

·         When editor was away (1-2 months a year), took over as editor; handled news section in addition to normal duties as associate editor

·         Compiled annual “Year in Review”

·         Edited special sections, including “Homes” and “The Other Season”

·         Served as IT liaison

·         Launched and edited startup monthly A Consumers’ Guide to Homes Magazine in 1998, which merged with Pelican Press newspaper in 2004

July 1997-July 1998    Staff reporter and columnist for Pelican Press


·         As education beat reporter, contributed weekly news and feature stories, photos

·         Wrote a weekly “Dining Out” column, provided photos

·         Wrote a weekly “Sheriff’s Report” column

·         Wrote a biweekly “Island Beat” column, covering Siesta Key, provided photos

·         Wrote a biweekly music column, “In The Groove,” provided photos

1996-1998                   Writer, Black Tie and Attitudes magazines, Sarasota

1996-1997                                Staff writer, The Observer Group, Sarasota


·         As beat reporter for Longboat Observer, contributed weekly news and feature stories, photos

·         Launched Gulf Coast Business Review, wrote feature stories profiling successful area businesses


Quark, Photoshop, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Acrobat Distiller, PageMaker, various Web site editing programs


May 1996                    Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, Gainesville, Florida (consistently named as one of the top “J” schools in the country)

·         Worked as contributing editor on campus magazine, Orange & Blue

May 1993                    Associate of Arts degree, MCC, Bradenton, Florida

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