Maria V. Charbonneaux

Maria Charbonneaux is a home and DIY writer, owner and founder of Take Care Creative Co., and a teacher at the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She oversees the Dotdash Meredith apprenticeship program at the school and specializes in producing magazine features, photoshoots, and social media at her editorial and design services company. Maria holds a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in journalism from Iowa State University.

Maria Charbonneaux has been working in journalism since 2006. She started as an editorial apprentice and intern at Dotdash Meredith, as part of the special interest publications decorating group and Parents magazine team. She stayed with the company for more than eight years as scrapbooks and crafts staff writer, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers editor, and Do It Yourself magazine editor.

Maria joined the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University in 2016. She was the communications specialist for five years, managing the messaging, branding, and visual identity of the school (which consisted of more than 600 students). Her responsibilities included overseeing the alumni magazine, websites, newsletters, and more. She also worked with a team of student journalists to produce content for Greenlee. Now Maria serves as an assistant professor of practice and Dotdash Meredith professional in residence, teaching courses on magazine publishing and leading the apprenticeship program.

In 2017, Maria launched her company Take Care Creative Co., where she takes on editorial design projects for clients like magazine features, photoshoots, and improving social media presence.

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