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Writing Samples & Resume

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Stories Published by The Oregonian

Oregonian samples here, seperated by *******************
Complete list of Oregonian stories here. Both press releases and freelance pieces seperated by *************


503.539.5246 (home)

503.294-4112 (work)

11112 SW 62nd Ave.

Portland, OR 97219

Joshua C. Sommer


Present The Oregonian Portland, OR

Researcher for Special Sections -and- Freelance Music, Food and Entertainment Writer for The Oregonianís A&E

  • Writer, researcher and editorial assistant for Sunday Homes and Rentals, New Home Monthly and all other Special Sections. (Portfolio available).
  • Helped PR people to submit usable copy for my department and other sections of the newspaper and re-wrote most press releases to Oregonian style.
  • Very familiar with AP style guidelines
  • Proficient with all office machinery and most relevent computer software.

2000-2001 The Oregonian Portland, OR

Newsroom Copy Aide/Part-Time Editorial Assistant

  • Managed a wide variety of clerical duties.
  • Worked for several teams writing briefs, calendars, weather information, and the main Oregonian index.
  • Became proficient with Harris Newsmaker, Merlin, and other newsroom computer applications.
  • Excellent experience designing Excel spreadsheets and Paint Shop Pro images. I have work experience with most PC and Mac based applications.

2000 The Oregonian Portland, OR

Inside Sales Associate

  • Mostly telemarketing and cold calls.
  • Polished my customer service and PR skills.

1999-2000 Portland Community College; Transfer Program to PSU, Portland, OR

Writing Center/Student Tutor

  • Helped college students from every ethnical background with classroom assigned writing projects.
  • Helped writing students from beginning writing to advanced creative writing.
  • Helped to develop style and flow patterns in student arguments, essays and stories.

1999-2000 Addco Greenhouses Newberg, OR

Office Manager

  • Reduced the companyís debt by $10,000 in three months.
  • Improved the companyís relationship and reputation with vendors through effective PR.
  • Helped the company to collect overdue payments from clients.


1998-2002 Portland Community College and PSU, Portland, OR

  • Began in the Computer Science program, before switching to journalism.
  • Selected to read before the graduating class of 2000.

Interests: Cooking, creative writing, pitching stories.