Here’s what the two senior editors I worked with most closely at the Times Colonist say about my work.
Angela worked as a copy editor and assistant city editor at the Times Colonist from 2003 to 2015, and I was her manager for much of that time. She consistently impressed me with her intelligence, professionalism, skills and work ethic.
She edited regular stories and long features for Life, Arts, Homes, News and our weekend Monitor section. Her tasks ranged from deadline editing of news stories to in-depth work on complex packages.
I and other managers relied on her to tackle the most difficult editing jobs because she is so good at seeing the core of the story and helping the writer to craft a piece that communicates effectively to the reader. She catches not only the easily missed errors of fact and style, but also the major holes that require more reporting.
Angela displayed solid organizational skills in looking after the Monitor section, which required co-ordination of photos, illustrations, charts and maps, as well as editing of difficult stories and laying out the pages.
Her time-management skills are excellent, and she reliably made deadline, whether that was two hours or two weeks away. As an assistant city editor, she supervised staff on cityside.
In addition to her editing, she did some writing for the paper, including both features and news stories. Her own writing is as clear and engaging as the finished stories she has edited.
I have no hesitation in recommending Angela for any editing or writing jobs.
Angela Mangiacasale worked at the Times Colonist on our editing and layout desk from 2003 to 2015. I was her supervisor for much of that time.
She is a thorough, careful editor. She challenged reporters to write better stories and, when necessary, stepped in to improve those stories. Her job required her to handle a high volume of copy in a short time, preparing it for publication both in print and online.
When she saw the need, she could be tenacious in making sure a project came together, from the initial instructions for a story, to the arranging of graphics and photos, editing of the various drafts, and the final layout.
In addition to editing and page layout, Angela also occasionally wrote stories, including several for the Homes section profiling houses and exploring the stages of a home renovation.
Cover story about a waterfront home renovation, published in Times Colonist’s Capital Home Magazine, Fall 2018
Profile of furniture designer Cristian Arostegui, published in Times Colonist’s Capital Home Magazine, Spring 2018
Travel story on Lucca, Italy, published in Times Colonist’s Capital Home Magazine, Winter 2017
COPY EDITING & PAGE DESIGN:
Life, Homes and Monitor sections of the Times Colonist