Copyright 1990-present Joe O'Shea, Jr.
O'Shea Communications

Joseph P. O'Shea, Jr., a Boston native, is a writer, editor, and Web content management/development specialist with experience in a variety of industries. While many people can offer either sound editorial or technical skills, Joe brings a combination of editorial and technical expertise to the table.

Over the years, Joe has worked as an intranet content manager, a Web content editor/developer, a daily newspaper staff writer, a public relations practitioner, a copywriter, a newsletter editor/writer, a corporate internal and external communications specialist, a photographer, and a small business operator.

Most recently, Joe has handled both intranet and public Web site content management duties for a number of organizations, including the Boston Fed and Liberty Mutual. Joe has developed proficiency in front-end Web languages such as HTML and CSS; in graphic design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; and in numerous Web content management systems, including Dreamweaver, Contribute, and IBM Websphere.

Always a quick study, he enjoys teaching himself how to use new software, social media platforms, and content management systems.

Joe, who began his career as a journalist, is naturally curious, and also enjoys writing feature, hard news, and human interest stories. Rather than "subject" people to interviews, he prefers to engage in in-depth discussions with story subjects or subject-matter experts, and readily admits when he doesn’t have the answers. One of his favorite tactics in dealing with subject-matter experts – a tried and true one – is to ask them to explain their work to him as they would to a relative at Thanksgiving dinner.

Although Joe typically prefers to maintain a full-time communications or Web position, he has always operated O’Shea Communications, his communications/Web consulting business, on at least a part-time basis.

Skills/Specialties: Strengths include writing, editing skills; excellent news judgment; very good Web-usability sense. Technical/computer skills include HTML, XHTML, HTML 5, XML, CSS, CSS 3, Dreamweaver, Flash, Contribute, Web Edit Pro, ContentServer, TeamSite, Project, Access, Powerpoint, Word, FrontPage, Outlook, Notes, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Windows OS, Mac OS, Palm OS. Adept with various digital cameras, video cameras, smartphones, and social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.