Writing Samples & Resume
Stories Published by The Oregonian
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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
- 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.