Valerie Andrews is a freelance copyeditor, copy writer and communication strategist in the greater New Orleans area. Her services focus on editing, proofreading, writing and development of strategic communication strategy.
A graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., where she earned a degree in journalism/public relations, Andrews received a master of journalism degree from LSU with an emphasis in PR.
Her great-grandfather founded her hometown, Gonzales, La., the Jambalaya Capital of the World.
Andrews has worked extensively in PR and advertising for industries ranging from RVs and food service to printing and educational materials. She directed the award-winning Creative Services team for Camco Manufacturing, Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturing company that serves an international client base.
She has held editorial positions with two maga zines, including senior editor of the international Jour nal for Minority Medical Students and has edited, written for and consulted on many other professional publications. She has been published in textbooks, aca demic journals, and national and regional magazines. She continues to write, contributing to NOLABoomers magazine.
A member of the Crowning Connections team since its founding in 2003, Andrews specializes in pageant planning and promotions, as well as interview preparation for contestants.
Andrews is a member of the New Orleans chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, where she served as cochair of student services.
She is a former member of the New Orleans chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, having previously sat on the boards of the New Orleans and Piedmont Triad (N.C.) chapters, and has been a member of IABC’s Atlanta chapter. She was a charter member of the Ad Club of South Mississippi, American Advertising Federation. She is a former member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and Women in PR.
Throughout her career, Andrews has participated in and worked alongside the nonprofit community. She spent five years as director of the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications at Loyola, a stu ent-run agency that works with nonprofits to solve communication challenges. She has served on the boards of the Gonzales Little Theatre, Salem Commu nity Theatre and Ascension Community Theatre and worked with the Eunice Players Theatre.
She was a founding member of After Choir Productions, a volunteer musical outreach group, and co founded the Southern Mississippi Scholastic Journalism Association. Her volunteer work has in cluded serving as youth director for the Gonzales United Methodist Church, as a district committee member for the Sweetwater District, Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, an event volunteer with STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) and as a crafts teacher at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Metairie, La.
Until 2016, Andrews was an assistant professor in the School of Communication & Design at Loyola University New Orleans, teaching public relations, advertising and event planning. She continues to teach there periodically as an adjunct professor. She also held faculty positions at Louisiana State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Tulane University and at Georgia College & State University, where she was a tenured assistant professor in Mass Communication. While at Loyola, she developed the annual internship fair, Networking Night at Loyola, the SCD's annual portfolio review for seniors and assisted in the creation of the SCD's alumni hall of fame, the Den of Distinction. She has made scholarly presentations at numerous regional and national conferences, particularly on the subject of service learning and partnerships between universities and nonprofit organizations.
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 201
New Orleans, LA, 70118