John Dunphy


Detail-focused writer and editor whose work has appeared in multiple print and digital formats across 15 years in the United States, United Kingdom and South Korea.


College Admissions Essay Editor – Full Passage
Remote, Denver, CO, August 2018 – present

  • Review, edit and comment to assist high school students with their written materials for college admissions applications.

  • Methodically examine essays for style, substance and grammar.

  • Work conducted independently and within my own timeframe.

  • Reviewed over 200 essay drafts and revisions during fall 2018 application season.

Foreign Editor Dynamic Busan/Busan Ilbo
Busan, South Korea, March 2017 – February 2019

  • Edited and streamlined translated Korean stories to be entertaining and informative for English-language audiences.

  • Collaborated closely with native-Korean design department staff on publication assembly using Korean layout software.

  • Contributed articles and interviews.

  • Promoted publication to community through live activities and social media.

Copy Editor Noksan Translation Services
Remote, Seoul, South Korea, September 2018 – January 2019

  • Edited translated materials on several projects including media kits for makeup supply firms and book series profiling prominent business leaders in several South Korean cities.

  • Worked closely with Korean translator to ensure materials translated to English while maintaining original voice of the author.

Segment Reporter – Busan English Broadcasting Foundation
Busan, South Korea, April 2018 – January 2019

  • Researched, wrote and presented weekly on-air segments for Busan eFM, the city’s only English-language radio station.

  • Engaged with program DJs across segments on food culture, good news around the world and other topics.

  • Performed in a Korean historical radio drama produced for the station.

Local Editor – Morristown Patch (, Morristown, NJ, July 2010 – February 2013

  • Kept readers informed across a constant news cycle with written and edited reports on government operations, business openings and closings, local personality spotlights, court matters, arts and entertainment, major weather events and more.

  • Developed strong relationships with local leaders, including elected officials, business owners and influential members in the community through constant in-person accessibility and on social media.

  • Managed several freelance reporters and photographers in addition to producing bulk of material that was posted to the site.

  • Launched Morristown Patch as the 100th Patch site in the nationwide news network, quickly achieving regular readership of 35,000+ unique visitors per month.

Managing Editor – Lawrence Ledger, Messenger-Press
Packet Publications Inc., Princeton, NJ, July 2006 – December 2008

  • Planned and assembled entire newspaper (s) every week.

  • Composed headlines, researched relevant community topics while crafting editorials as well as stories needed to enhance newspaper.

  • Awarded 2nd place in New Jersey Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper contest, Arts & Entertainment, 2007; Editorial Column, 2008.

Staff Writer – Greater Media Newspapers
Greater Media Inc., Freehold, NJ, July 2004 – July 2006

  • Wrote eight stories per week covering local government, education, human interest, arts and more.

  • Actively involved in the community, developing strong professional connections.

  • Worked closely with team of reporters to best cover newsworthy community events.


English Teacher
GnB English, Busan, South Korea, February 2013 – February 2014
YSC, Gimhae, South Korea, March 2014 – February 2016
Dongrae Elementary School, Busan, South Korea, March 2016 – February 2017

  • Duties included curriculum assembly, class lectures, test administering and managing classroom activities and behavior.


Bachelor of Arts in English
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, May 2003

  • Extracurricular participation: student newspaper, theater, campus radio station.

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