About the company
Founded in 2009, Worldwide Editing has gained traction in several primary areas: as a corporate communications partner for nonprofits, academics and government agencies and for narrative writing about the environment, sustainability and urban agriculture. I added grant writing as a primary track in mid-October 2017 after completing a grant writing class at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. My writing and editing experience includes varied industry sectors: financial technology; risk management;
compliance/regulatory; nonprofits; supply chain management; public and private transportation; taxation/finance/wealth management; state/federal governments; academia; legal; executive security; high-end European automotive; manufacturing; wine and spirits; science; utilities; construction; sustainability/environment; and agriculture/horticulture. In grant writing, a primary goal is to work with foundations and private individuals in the areas of the environment and sustainability.
I have on occasion supported public relations firms in creative strategies, brand messaging and crisis communications. Companies, nonprofits and others I have assisted are as varied as an entrepreneurial startup of one person, multinational corporations, universities of 30,000-plus students, a business support group in a major U.S. metro, a global nonprofit based in Brussels and a major public policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
My sweet spot: I have two, actually. In my business and grant writing tracks, I especially enjoy working with companies and nonprofits operating at the crossroads of economic development and environmental sustainability that outsource high-end communications needs. In my environmental/sustainability track, I am looking for opportunities to tell the stories of endangered natural ecosystems, especially in the Southeastern United States.
My soft spot: Working with academics and nonprofits that provide assistance to children in marginalized communities and assisting veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. Tom is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning in Columbus , Ga. and is a Vietnam-era veteran.
Why Worldwide Editing? Thomas Allen Oder's award-winning editing background at a metro newspaper and his award-winning work as the principal at Worldwide Editing are unique to the Atlanta market. Tom has a proven ability to listen to and understand client stories and goals and an ability to tell those stories in ways that achieve client goals. The result is a company that is a boutique provider of business communications intelligence and writing/editing that is competitive with larger more established agencies in my skill set.
My successes include: Helping to write export and foreign direct investment plans for the 29-county Atlanta metro region for the Metro Atlanta Chamber in conjunction with J.P. Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution (the export plan won the 2015 Phoenix Award from the Georgia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America); writing and photography for the Conservationist, the annual magazine of the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust; a regular contributor to Georgia Grown Magazine for the Georgia Department of Agriculture (the magazine is the department's flagship publication); writing a global media protocol for a European nonprofit with a presence in 150 countries; copy editing internal communications for a multinational operating in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China), Mexico, and Europe; writing high-end marketing materials and copy editing magazines for Georgia Natural Gas; copy editing for Atlanta Custom Media; being a regular contributor to Mother Nature Network (a potential combined audience of 150 million; work shared with cnn.com, Huffington Post, Tree Hugger, and fark.com); garden writing and fact checking for Atlanta Magazine; and being published in the National Wildlife Federation's National Wildlife magazine. My presence has extended beyond print and digital to broadcast. I have appeared on both live and taped television and live radio. MARTA, Atlanta's public transit agency, invited me to take a lead role in developing and producing a multimedia project to mark the agency's 35th year of combined bus/rail service. For this project, I wrote interview scripts and conducted video interviews with, among others, Juanita Abernathy, a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement and wife of Civil Rights leader Rev. Ralph David Abernathy who, with Martin Luther King Jr., led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956); Civil Rights hero and Congressman John Lewis; and former President Jimmy Carter. I have also interviewed Kimbal Musk, brother of Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX) about his work with school Gardens for Big Green.
About Tom Oder
I founded Worldwide Editing after retiring from an award-winning career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and parent company Cox Newspapers. Worldwide Editing grew out of my desire to become active in the international business community and my passion to write about globally connected businesses and the environment.
A unique combination of milestones mark my experiences.
At Worldwide Editing: Helped write an award-winning export plan for the 29-county Atlanta Metro region ... produced bios to promote the city to visiting business executives ... invited to Taiwan twice by that government to write about Taiwan’s signature agricultural export, the Phalaenopsis orchid ... seated at the head table at a state luncheon in Taipei ... wrote a public policy article in the name of an Atlanta Olympic hero ... a media protocol in 100-plus countries.
In journalism: News editor of both of Atlanta’s daily newspapers ... wrote the best-selling headline in the 100-year-plus history of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (It’s Atlanta! in The Atlanta Journal when the city was awarded the 1996 Summer Olympics) ... at Cox News Service initiated a ground-breaking multi-media project that won a national award for media innovation ... editor of the Cox Newspaper division newsletter.
Along the way: Won an art competition ... won medals as a distance runner ... met and shook hands with two U.S presidents, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, both of whom were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ... served as president of the Atlanta Orchid Society ... named an orchid for first lady Rosalynn Carter and presented it to her ... honored with a hybrid orchid genera named in my honor (Oderara) ... grew orchids competitively and won trophies in orchid show competitions ... won the Chicago Horticultural Society Medal in a Southeastern Flower Show ... did a gig for several years in a NASCAR press box ... and worked for 28 years on the NFL sidelines with the Atlanta Falcons on home game days.
I am active in Atlanta’s international business community, primarily through the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Global Commerce Council. I am a member of the Atlanta Press Club, serve on the Fintech Atlanta Promote work group that promotes the metro Atlanta Fintech ecosystem and and serve on the Steering Committee of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, which is hosted annually by Western Carolina University.
My wife, Susan, a residential real estate agent with Harry Norman Realtors, and I live in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven and enjoy and support the arts in Atlanta, especially opera. We are members of Morningside Presbyterian Church where Susan serves as an Elder. My hobbies include gardening (with a special interest in native plants and growing herbs and other edibles) and fly fishing (especially in beautiful fall settings like the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge in North Georgia – photo at right by Leonard Turner).
Photo by Leonard Turner
Fly fishing in the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge in North Georgia.