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Martin Swant is an American journalist based out of New York City. He is a staff writer for Adweek where he covers existing and emerging technologies, as well as regulations and legislation in the tech field. As of 2019, Swant has written over 900 articles for Adweek. [1]


Education

Swant graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Laws and a minor in Political Science. He was on the Dean's list for all four years and even took home the prestigious David Mun-Sen Leong Writing Prize Scholarship in 2009. [2]

Career

Swant got his start as an intern for Press Publications where he actively reported for five weekly Minneapolis newspapers. In addition, he also did a lot of copy editing, proofreading, and wrote opinion pieces that were published in all five newspapers. [3]


He then got a job as a Copy Editor for University of Missouri's student-run publication, The Maneater. He was quickly promoted to Senior Staff Writer where he reported on city, state and university news and also had the chance to do a little reporting on crime. [4]


He then moved into politics, writing about city and county government as a reporter for Columbia's daily morning newspaper, the Columbia Missourian . Four months later Swant found himself expanding his skillset as a Reporter at Reuters where he produced sound and edited video for Reuters Television, wrote stories and transcribed audio interviews. This was followed by a short two month gig as a volunteer English teacher at a summer camp sponsored by the Jeollanam-do provincial government in Mokpo, South Korea. [5] [2] [6]

Swant then went back to the Columbia Missourian where he spent his time covering breaking stories, features, blog posts, writing long-form content and even had a Sunday column. [6]

Swant spent the first half of 2010 as a Statehouse Correspondent for Missouri Digital News, covering the second legislative session of the 95th Missouri General Assembly for newspapers statewide and KMOX radio in St. Louis. He also wrote a statehouse blog during this time. [7] [8]

Next, Swant ventured into the world of finance when he became an Editorial Intern at Standard & Poor's. Here, he edited articles written by analysts in the corporate credit ratings department. He also wrote headlines and prepared graphs published on Standard and Poor’s Global Credit Portal. [9]

Swant then went on to become a Staff News Writer for The Birmingham News as a business news fellow. Swant began writing about all sorts of new things—startup companies, advertising agencies, Alabama's economy, banking, health care, tax policy and other related topics. From 2012 to 2013 he did much of the same thing, covering business related topics for Alabama Media Group. [10] [11]

Swant had a chance to expand his skillset yet again when he became a Digital Content Writer for Big Communications. He got to manage social media for government, corporate and education clients including the Alabama Department of Commerce and the national ADDY-winning Alabama Gulf Seafood campaign. [12] [13]

He moved back into the political realm in 2015 when he became a Political Reporter for the Associated Press , covering Alabama legislature and writing breaking news stories. During this time Swant also had some photographs he had taken published by the New York Times , Al Jazeera and Los Angeles Times .

For the next three months Swant served as a freelance reporter writing several stories for Adweek. He was eventually hired by Adweek in 2015 as a Staff Writer. He mainly writes about media, marketing and technology for Adweek's website and print magazine. He also contributes to Adweek's podcasts and videos, appearing as a guest on television segments for CNBC, MSNBC, Cheddar and ReutersTV. In addition he's also moderated panel discussions during conferences including South by Southwest in Austin, Web Summit in Lisbon, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Advertising Week in New York. [1] [14] [15]

Personal Life

Martin Swant was born in Minnesota, went to school in Missouri, and has since traveled to Tennessee, New York, Belgium, Missouri, Minnesota, Alabama and many other places. He started a travel blog called Whereismarty.com in 2010 where he detailed his early adventures in NYC. [16]

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