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Academic Writing

Since launching his writing practice in the 1990s, Jim Smith has built a large and diverse academic clientele that includes colleges, universities, secondary schools and specialized educational organizations all over the northeastern United States. Jim’s work for these clients has covered the landscape of writing assignments – from feature stories and newsletters to specialized print marketing and development tools, case studies, annual reports and website content.

One of the greatest benefits of the volume of feature writing Jim does is the incredible diversity of subject matter. Just a small sample of the subjects he has covered over the years includes turf grass science; the psychodynamics of athletic winning (and losing) streaks; clean energy and sustainable development; stone wall preservation; puppetry; innovative tools for evaluating real estate value; the inspiring story of the first Hispanic astronaut; submarine exploration; the diverse family of worms; nanotechnology; the war on biofilms; and the modern collegiate a cappella singing craze.

“My practice is a storyteller’s candy store,” says Jim. “My work constantly offers interesting challenges and learning opportunities for me. That keeps me fresh and up to speed on a lot of fronts. My clients also benefit from my broad marketing communications background. My goals are to make every story entertaining and informative so that readers are exposed to the institution’s central marketing propositions that the story underscores.”

Click on the links at left to see samples of Jim's academic writing and editing work.

“Jim Smith is one of our most diverse contributors to UCONN Magazine. Whether it is a story about complex scientific research, a student scholar or a high-profile alumnus such as WNBA All-Star Swin Cash or astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz, Jim weaves a narrative that pulls the reader into the subject. Most importantly from an editor's standpoint, he delivers his stories on deadline and meets the specific requirements of the assignment.”

–Kenneth Best
UCONN Magazine
University of Connecticut

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