Aaron Calvin


Writer, journalist, editor.



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Published Work

Trends, Culture, News

- Meet Carson King, the 'Iowa Legend' who's raised more than $1 million for charity off of a sign asking for beer money | DMR

- How Brittni Donaldson became the NBA's youngest assistant coach | DMR

- The stories behind 19 odd Iowa town names | DMR

- 'Nothing has ever really been like this': The story behind Iowa's unprecedentedly popular blackout license plates | DMR

- A treasure trove of muscle cars: Iowa man sells nearly 100 vehicles after decades of collecting | DMR

- How an Iowa college student working with a national conservative group tried to embarrass a presidential candidate | DMR

- The once and future flag: How a neglected symbol of Des Moines is making a comeback thanks to one local family | DMR

- In the kingdom of muscle cars: How Iowan Coyote Johnson built his massive collection and why he's selling it away | DMR

- Conservative organization tests Iowa's new campus free speech law at Southeastern Community College | DMR

- Country music titan Kenny Chesney weathers the storm in return to Des Moines | DMR

- Cardi B oozes charisma and offers a bit of blunt honesty during her 45-minute Iowa debut | DMR

- Mysterious painting of a naked woman discovered in south-side Des Moines home | DMR

- The 'Goddess of Grapes' caper: Homeless Iowa woman recovers and returns stolen sculpture to Sioux City Art Center | DMR

- How one Iowa man's mental health crisis ended with his arrest | DMR

- Iowa native and NBA veteran Nick Collison makes basketball history after a career of playing the right way | DMR

- Waka Flocka Flame denounces racism during University of Northern Iowa concert amid ongoing controversy | DMR

- How a visit from Waka Flocka Flame ignited an ongoing controversy around race at the University of Northern Iowa

- How George the pig, once headed to the slaughterhouse, landed at an Iowa animal sanctuary | DMR

- The Martyring of Mollie Tibbetts | Pacific Standard

- Why Do They Come To The Iowa State Fair? | Catapult

Why does Des Moines, Iowa have worse affordable housing than Brooklyn? | The Guardian

Echo and The Lonely Men: Can Amazon's Alexa Be Your Friend? | Digg

Drake Rapping About Drake Is Still Fascinating | VICE

'RuneScape' Can't Escape 2007 | Digg.com

This Comic Perfectly Explains What White Privilege Is | BuzzFeed

Which “Friday Night Lights” Character Are You? | BuzzFeed


Work History


MXM, Part of Accenture Interactive 

Senior Content Manager

01/2018 - Present 

•   Writing and editing content for various clients with a focus on the ecommerce platform Salesforce

•   Concepting and developing content in formats like longform guides, brief guides, and infographics, social posts, and social media

•   Managing and coordinating content production across teams

The Integer Group

Content Strategist 

04/ 2017 - 12/2017



  • Provided expertise on content creation and publishing through multiple channels of publication including social media platforms, newsletters, blogs, and websites
  • Planned and executed social media campaigns for nationally visible clients
  • Tracked PR coverage across print and digital media; contributed to PR pitching efforts
  • Worked with clients like Pella Windows & Doors, Johns Manville, Alliant Energy


Content Strategist

10/2014 - 2/2017



  • Provide daily intelligence newsletters to clients, often identifying trends and cultural moments
  • Support multimedia, multi-platform social media and digital marketing efforts
  • Oversee one-off and long term projects from development through implementation
  • Provide copy and content  for both new business pitching and active campaigns
  • Worked with clients like Mattel, Slim Jim, Coca-Cola, and Credit.com 
  • Managed and provided directives for team members

Small Girls PR

Account Coordinator

4/2014 - 10/ 2014

  • Wrote pitches and pitched journalists daily
  • Secured a specific number of placements a month
  • Communicating effectively with clients and supplying them with timely, accurate information


Staff Writer/ Social Media Coordinator

3/2013 - 4/2014

  • Responsible for overseeing function and growth of multiple Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts
  • Reporting on breaking news as well as lifestyle, arts, and culture news; created quizzes; 
  • Assisted in development of the newly created Books section

  • Maintained and coordinated posting across Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts
  • Assisted in the planning, promotion, and execution of several literary events per week

Housing Works