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Big Bear Lake CA 92315
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Print And Digital Writing and Editing Samples



 
Most Recent Book (2017):
Writing, Copy Editing, Proofreading, Cover Design:
   

Be That One In A Hundred

This is a book I wrote, edited, proofread, and published on Amazon in October, 2017 in print and digital editions. Cover design is mine using licensed Adobe images.

I did the page layout in WordPerfect and the Sigil Epub editor and used the Amazon online tools to create the Kindle version.

Its target market is aspiring screenwriters.  

It is no longer for sale on Amazon or in bookstores.  

A digital copy of the book can be provided to potential employers or editing clients upon request.

 



See bethatoneinahundred.com
 
 

 
2018-2019 News Writing for



 (online magazine)
 
Sterile instruments shortage

Studies Question Hip Implant

Ochsner Cuts Knee Surgery Costs

FDA Recalls Ketorolac
FDA Questions Stem Cell Treatments

Prolonged Opioid Use Issues

What To Expect In New Opioid Law

FDA: New Tests For Nitinol Implants
   
 
Copy Editing And Page Layout  Examples
 
Note: I have three years' experience copy editing for a daily newspaper and the  Associated Press, but I never saved samples.   I can photograph and provide samples of my page layouts for a daily newspaper from the pre-digital era upon request.

Here are samples of my copy editing and page layouts using Adobe Pagemaker and InDesign.  Please keep in mind that departures from AP style in these samples were dictated by the business newsletter writing style of the publication.  
 
 
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Inside Healthcare Computing, 6/14/2004

Inside Healthcare Computing, 1/12/04


Blood bank software -- award-winning article

Two newsletter issues including "How to Build A Website, 1997" -- an award-winning two-part series

Copy editing - Inside Healthcare Computing
   
 
  Freelance Writing Samples:

Sweating for Status illustration
"Sweating For Status"
Freelance Magazine Article

This was an article I wrote about why people work out, based on my observations and listening to people talk at an exercise facility in the suburbs of Chicago.

I sold it to the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday Magazine.
    
"PCs in Group Practice"
Freelance Magazine Article

This article may seem quaint now, but in 1989, it was a look forward into the future of information technology in physicians' offices.

It was written for physicians who didn't use computers back then.  I wrote it for a trade magazine for physician group practices.

Most of its forecasting has come true.


PCs in Group Practice
 

  An Official Government Document:
General Statement --Superfund Legislation The "Superfund" Report: Turning A Complex Subject Into A Cogent And Legally Persuasive Commentary

 In 1979-80, I worked on the U.S. Senate staff which wrote the Senate's version of the so- called "Superfund" law to deal with toxic chemical dump sites and spills.  

The Senate version of the Superfund bill was called "The Environmental Emergency Response Act." 

A lengthy official Senate report accompanied the bill.  The first section of this report (the "General Statement") explained the rationale for the bill.  This General Statement began as a group effort.  Different staff members wrote pieces, which overlapped each other.

I was tasked with turning these pieces into a coherent whole, writing and editing the final, 23-page General Statement copied here.  
 
 
  Newspaper and Associated Press Writing Samples:

"We'
ve Got To Flag A Helicopter!" News Feature

When I was a newspaper reporter, a relative of mine was a hurricane flood victim.  I drove to the flood area to pick him up.

 On the way back, he told this story.  

This is just a simple, short news feature, but I like the way the quotes tell it all.
we've got to flat a helicopter!

3 AP Stories

Three Associated Press Stories:
(all in one file)

1972 Chicago Cicada Invasion

Parents Mistake Dead Girl For Theirs


Michele Clark
   
 
Business Journalism Award-Winning Articles

Between 1990 and 1998, the news team at the newsletter Inside Healthcare Computing won awards five times in the Newsletter Publishers Foundation Journalism Awards.  I wrote and edited the first three of these pieces, and co-wrote and copy-edited the final two.  The articles below are two of those five award-winners.
 
How to build a website
Business how-to feature article:
Your Own Website On $1.72 A Day

Back in 1996, few people knew how to build a website.  Consultants were telling businesses that it would cost $300,000 for a content site and up to $3 million for an e-commerce site.  

I built a website which was a content site with a searchable database of back issues, a marketing site, and an ecommerce site which took subscription orders.  

My training for this sort of work? Literally none. I have never taken a computer course of any kind; I learned by doing it.   

I launched the site in December 1996, and wrote this award-winning two-part series.
   
 
 Investigative reporting:
FDA Recalls Blood Bank Software

The leading blood bank software used by hospitals was subjected to a Food and Drug Administration recall.  I  broke the story on the defects of the software nearly two years before the recall. I wrote the 1993 story and edited and co-wrote the 1995 story on the recall.
   
   
 In-Depth Report On a Hot Topic In  Health Care Information Technology 

Computerized Physician Order Entry
 In Health Care Settings:

It is routine now for physicians in hospitals and clinics to enter patient notes and orders in computer systems.   We easily forget that back in the 1990s and early 2000s, this was a hot and divisive topic.  

I wrote and copy-edited this report for hospital information technology executives.  It was researched by a three-person team.

Also, I did the page layout of the print version in Adobe InDesign and the HTML version using an old HTML editor called HotMetal.

 
computerized physician order entry report



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