About James

Hi there. I’m James Stratton. You have a story to tell. You know its bones; I add the muscles, skin, eyes, hair, a little freckle just below the nose.

I am based out of Austin, Texas, where I work in Arabic-English translation and writing. Catch my articles in places like Human Influence, Smear Magazine, Awl, Misapress, and my more immediate thoughts on Twitter. Recently, a friend and I started Content Radio Hour, an Internet radio show.

I like to travel. Friends and family live across the USA, and I’ve traveled across Europe. From 2015 to 2016 I lived in Meknes, Morocco, becoming fluent in the Arabic language and working at a local newspaper.

Let’s make a story together.

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Editorial and Journalist Experience

  • Digital Content Editor, Human Influence: Planning and executing recruiting campaigns, creation of ad copy for Human Influence’s digital channels.
  • Freelance Journalist: Austin, Texas. Articles in Human Influence, Smear Magazine, Rabble, Awl, Misapress, and others.
  • Intern Journalist: Reported and edited online content for Misapress – misapress.com
  • Associate Editor: Fact-checked and edited articles for Praxis magazine – praxisuwc.com
  • Writing Consultant: Helped clients develop writing and editing abilities – uwc.utexas.edu and freelance

Sample of Published Clips (a full list of all my clips available on request):

Written Work

Audio Work:

Content Radio Hour: (a podcast that explores diverse topics within Internet culture, hosted by myself and my colleague John O’Faere).

Human Influence, SXSW Interviews: I interviewed the crew behind the Aheadintheherd, a new Austin-based music review website.

Linguistic Skills

  • Fluency in the Arabic language: Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan and Egyptian dialects.
  • Conversational in Spanish and French.
  • Superb interpersonal communications skills.

Community Support & Administrative Experience

  • Field Organizer: Worked in get-out-the-vote operations for Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner.
  • Event Planning.
  • Communications: Reception, phone and email office correspondence.
  • Online content moderation.

Technical & Administrative Experience

  • Content management and publishing systems: VAN, WC Online, WordPress, QuickXPress.
  • Photo-editing software: Pixelmator
  • Communications: Reception, phone and email office correspondence.
  • Event Planning.
  • Apple and Microsoft products and services.