Mark Syp


American University
MA in Communication
Specialization in Broadcast Journalism
Washington, DC, August 2009

  • Wrote edited, produced, and voiced a number of stories in various media (TV, radio, print, etc.) for “American Observer,” the online news publication of the graduate journalism program.
  • Produced a weekly online newscast.
  • Created “Firing Back” a mini-documentary film, scheduled to air on MHZ networks.
  • “American Observer” work can be found on the "Articles/Multimedia page."
  • “Firing Back” can found on the "Film/Television" page.

Princeton University
BA in English
Princeton, NJ, June 2005

  • Earned a Certificate in Medieval Studies

Technical Skills

Editorial Styles

  • AP, MLA, Chicago, APA and ETS editorial styles.

Software Proficiency

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Lexis-Nexis and Aleph Research Software
  • ENPS Newscast Software
  • Dalet, Adobe Audition, Audacity, Avid and Final Cut Pro Audio/Video Editing Software.
  • Photoshop
  • Teleprompter

Career-Related Experience

Contributor-Book Radio – Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Washington, DC 2009-Present

  • Book and interview authors (live and pre-taped).
  • Edit interviews and other segments using Dalet.
  • Guest-host shows.
  • Perform research for upcoming shows.
  • Research, write, voice and edit network promos and other segments for air.
  • Work with the station managers/hosts to prepare for upcoming broadcasts.
  • Screen calls during live broadcasts.
  • Assist at live special events featuring best-selling authors.
  • The best of my radio work can be found on the "Radio" page.

Test Development-Contractor – Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 2011-Present

  • Research and write test items for various standardized tests.

Editing and Writing-Contractor – Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 2006-Present

  • Edit and format the statistical research reports of ETS’ team of research scientists, ensuring that all reports meet the standards of the American Psychological Association, as well as ETS’ own internal standards.

Freelance Writer, 2005-Present

  • Write articles for various publications.

Research Assistant – American University, Washington, DC 2008-2009

  • Research Assistant for Dr. W. Joseph Campbell.
  • Conducted research at the Library of Congress for Dr. Campbell’s latest book, “Getting it Wrong,” which debunks several common and persistent media myths.
  • Found photos for the book, negotiating usage rights where applicable.
  • Assisted at presentations about the book.
  • “Getting it Wrong” later won the Society of Professional Journalists “Research about Journalism Award."
  • More information about the book can be found at Getting it Wrong

Writer/Director/Voice-over Artist - Rockingham Historical Society, Kingston, NJ 2005-2006

  • Wrote the script for a documentary film about Rockingham House, where George Washington lived
  • Served as a director during filming and performed voice-over work for the film’s narration.
  • Made sure both the script and the final project incorporated elements that accommodated the disabled, in order to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria
  • A clip of the film can be found on the "Film/Television" page.

Assistant to the Director - Princeton University Index of Christian Art, Princeton, NJ 2002-2008

  • Worked with the Director on the Index's books and publications, receiving acknowledgement in several.
  • Worked on updating one of the world’s largest databases of Medieval Christian Art.
  • Instructed newly hired students in required techniques and methodologies of the Index.

Awards, Scholarships and Achievements

Jack Jurey Award, 2009

  • Awarded for my essay about the future of journalism in light of recent technological advances.

American University Mentorship Program, 2009

  • Chosen to participate in the program, working with Bob Edwards of Sirius XM and NPR.

American University Grant, 2008-2009

  • Given a grant to attend American University.

Research Assistantship, 2008-2009

  • Awarded a research assistantship with Dr. W. Joseph Campbell (See “Career-Related Experience”)

Princeton University Program in Creative Writing, 2001-2004

  • Selected to participate in the program, studying under David Ebershoff, Joyce Carol Oates and Edmund White.

Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series, 2002

  • Chosen by my peers to participate in the reading series and read my work in the James Stewart Theater.

Creative Writing Program Award for Outstanding First Year Student

  • Awarded for my fiction writing.
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