William G. Schmitt
307 E. LaSalle Ave. 340-L
South Bend, Indiana 46617
billgerards@gmail.com | 574.276.0340  | bschmitt@alumni.princeton.edu

OnWord Collaborative Communications blog; Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In.

Recent accomplishments (diverse activities in 2017-2018, with numerous links: books, freelance writing, podcasts, media outreach/strategy services, broadcasting, music)

Communications & Marketing at University of Notre Dame

Communications Specialist: 2010-2017
Institute for Educational Initiatives/Alliance for Catholic Education
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

Writing, editing, digital content marketing, multimedia management & story pitching

Communications Manager, Manager for Client Services, Writer/Editor: 2004-2010
Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Multimedia content for diverse units, print/digital product planning and collaboration

Manager, Communications and Publications: 2003-2004
Kellogg Institute for Public & International Affairs

Writer, Editor, Journalist, Multimedia Content Manager

Commissioned, freelance news/story-telling, as well as brand journalism, in the fields of education, faith, business, science, public affairs: 1993-present
Books (see below). Today’s Catholic, Notre Dame Magazine, Editor & Publisher

Senior Editor: 1998-2003
Chemical Week magazine: personnel supervision, management news, ethics coverage

Managing Editor, Washington Bureau Chief, Reporter: 1986-1989; 1993-1998
American Metal Market: daily newspaper: staff management, reporting on government

Associate Editor: 1989-1992
The Kiplinger Washington Letter: reporting, analysis on environment, policy, politics

Senior Editor, Economics Editor: 1981-1985
Metals Week: newsletter published by McGraw-Hill; global business/economic analysis

Copy Editor, Reporter1978-79; 1981
The Yonkers Herald Statesman and other Gannett newspapers; The Indianapolis News

Author, Adjunct Professor

Author, When Headlines Hurt: Do We Have a Prayer? (Electric Moon Publishing 2018)  Author, Heartfelt Gifts to You, to Share: On Valentine’s Day, There’s More to Say (2018) Author, Words of Life: Celebrating 50 Years of the Hesburgh Library (U of ND Press 2013)
AuthorFootball Weekends at Notre Dame: Snapshots and Traditions (U of ND Press 2008)
Prayer for a collection published in book: Lead, Kindly Light  (2005)
Course taught: “Multimedia Journalism” (University of Notre Dame, 2008)
Courses taught: “Newswriting I”; “Introduction to Mass Communications”  (Fordham University and Long Island University, 1999-2002)



MPA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University
Received Master in Public Affairs degree 1981; internships with NJPTV, New York Times
BA, Fordham University
Received degree 1978; Communications major; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Additional Education:
• Principles of Marketing, Intro to Marketing. Notre Dame informal course audits                • Recipient, Pulliam Journalism Fellowship (1978): summer desk work, The Indianapolis News; nationally recognized competition selecting top journalism graduates                        • Certificate: Education for Ministry. Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, 2004-2005
• Certificate: Theological Studies. Georgetown University, 1994
• Social Media Success Summit 2012. Certificate of completion, online-skills classes
• Christian Doctrine for Catechists: Informal audit of graduate-level course (2018)

Participation in Communities & Organizations

American Chesterton Society. Active member, South Bend chapter & national level
American Marketing Association. Active member of the Michiana chapter
Faculty Learning Community on Student Media Creation. Kaneb Ctr. for Teaching, 2016
Knights of Columbus. Long active in Council 553; prolife chair; elected secretary
Media groups: National Press Club; Society of Professional Journalists, president of NYC and Fordham chapters; Catholic Writers Guild; Redeemer Radio Advisory Board             Phi Beta Kappa. elected treasurer of Notre Dame chapter.
Secular Franciscan Order. Professed (lifetime) 2001. Elected local fraternity president 2007

Media groups: National Press Club; Society of Professional Journalists, president of NYC and Fordham chapters; Catholic Writers Guild; Redeemer Radio Advisory Board


Digital Media/Audio/Video

Multimedia outreach: strategy/tactics; content marketing; brand journalism; story-pitching; creativity, collaboration, and coordination across numerous platforms and organizational units
Social media: Twitter, YouTube, Linked-In, blogs.nd, other social media, ND & personal
Audio/video: interviewer for ND podcast; videographer, “Our Town South Bend” (PBS); co-writer, co-producer, video for donors; scholar interview; audio for Knights of Columbus


Additional Writing and Editing

Multiple Media, Diverse Products and Project Management Roles:
Notre Dame Lawyer (several stories in spring 2008 issue begin on p. 10 of this pdf)
ND Echoes: Feature stories on ND alumni in Haiti development and Global Explorers service
Notre Dame Magazine articles and blog posts from 2008 to 2016 –see online archive
Notre Dame Science (stories in latest issue begin on p.2 of pdf); Notre Dame Business (magazine & digital)
Website initiation collaborations: Congregation of Holy Cross, M. Div., Hesburgh History, “Gameday” site, Institute for Educational Initiatives
Numerous University and Institute news releases and stories featuring people, messages
Management of annual reports and other promotional documents, concept to completion Oversight of scholarly “white paper” analytical publications at Kellogg Institute



National Outstanding Professional Chapter Member, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 1995 in Washington, DC
Knights of Columbus council honors: “Knight of the Month”; “Family of the Month” 2015 Featured in blog post by Lisa Hendey in her “Good Measure” blog, 2014                         Who’s Who in America. Who’s Who in the World. Selected to be among biographies (2010-2016)