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Between 1990 and 1998, my news
team at the newsletter Inside
won awards five times in the Newsletter Publishers Foundation
Journalism Awards. I wrote and edited the first three of
pieces, and co-wrote and copy-edited the final two.
articles below are two of those five award-winners.
in 1996, few people knew how to build a website.
telling businesses that it would cost $300,000 for a
content site and up to $3 million for an e-commerce site.
website -- a content site with a searchable database of
back issues, a marketing site, and an ecommerce site that took
My training for this sort of work? Literally none. I had
taken a computer course of any kind, much less on how to build
a website. I learned by doing it.
I launched the site in December 1996, and wrote this
award-winning two-part series.
leading blood bank software used by hospitals was subjected to a Food
and Drug Administration recall. I broke the story
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.
Editing And Page Layout Examples:
(NOTE: I also wrote some of these news stories)
are samples of my copy editing and page layouts using Adobe
Pagemaker and InDesign.
Click on the links below;
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Inside Healthcare Computing,
Inside Healthcare Computing,
Blood bank software --
Two newsletter issues including
"How to Build A Website, 1997" -- an award-winning two-part series
Be That One In A Hundred, Copyright
Chapter (see cover below)
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.
in Group Practice"
This article may seem quaint now, but in 1989, it was a
look forward into the future
of information technology in
I was invited by a trade magazine to write it for physicians, most of whom who didn't use computers in their work back then.
Most of its forecasting has come true.
An Official Government
|The "Superfund" Report:
Turning A Complex Subject Into A Cogent And Legally Persuasive
1979-80, I was a member of the U.S. Senate staff group that
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."
lengthy official Senate report accompanied the bill. The
section of this report (the "General Statement") explained the
rationale for the bill. This
General Statement began as a group effort. Different
pieces, which overlapped each other.
I was tasked with turning
these pieces into a coherent whole, writing and editing the
23-page General Statement uploaded here.
Most Recent Book (2017):
Writing, Copy Editing, Proofreading, Cover Design:
is a book I wrote, edited, proofread, and published on Amazon
2017 in print and digital editions. The 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.
Click to read an excerpt, the chapter
Associated Press Writing Samples:
Got To Flag A Helicopter!" News Feature
When I was a newspaper reporter,
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.
Associated Press Stories:
in one file)
Chicago Cicada Invasion
Parents Mistake Dead Girl For Theirs
In-Depth Report On a
Hot Topic In
In Health Care
now for physicians in hospitals and clinics to enter patient
notes and orders in computer systems. We easily
back in the 1990s and early 2000s, this was a hot and divisive
wrote and copy-edited this report for hospital information
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.