resume - Sam Omar Hall

SAM-Omar Hall
samomarhall@gmail.com 714-872-0769
219 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Journalism & government
Education
present
University of Wisconsin
Madison
Newsela.com is an educational start-up that uses the daily news to improve students’
reading comprehension and literacy skills.
I’m a top contributing editor at Newsela, where I transform news articles,
editing them into simplified versions for different grade levels. I tear down stories,
look at the component parts and build them up again in new ways.
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Recently, I was part of a small team that adapted the eon-spanning Big History
curriculum for the Bill Gates Foundation.
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Editor-in-chief
The Daily Cardinal
B.A., journalism
2007
’03-’07
Working at The Daily Cardinal was my true education as a journalist and a person.
The Cardinal is a renowned student newspaper with a long and proud tradition.
As a city and campus reporter I learned the fundamentals: journalistic style,
interviewing, writing hard news on deadline. I was tenacious, accurate and fast.
personal Skills
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As state editor, I immersed myself in state politics, often walking to the nearby
Capitol building. I recruited and trained writers, running my desk efficiently.
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As editor-in-chief, I spent 60 to 70 hours a week at the paper, overseeing all
aspects of production and leading a staff of over 200. Spending all my time in the
newsroom with other young journalists, making a paper — it was magical.
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After graduating from UW-Madison, I was a city-news intern at the Wisconsin
State Journal, where I published a handful of stories.
technical Skills
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Later, I worked at the Legislative Reference Bureau, the Wisconsin State
Legislature’s library. I became an expert on the bill-drafting process and researching
historical state laws.
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TEACHING
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I left Wisconsin for Morocco. In Fes, I taught English for 2.5 years at a respected
language center.
Both my parents were teachers, so I guess it’s in my blood. I loved teaching in
Morocco. Having great students was part of it. It was really thrilling to watch
them learn and improve over time. I kept my class fast-paced and fun, with
games, songs, grammar, and lots of speaking time for everyone.
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In 2013, I taught English in Taoyuan, Taiwan, working alongside Taiwanese coteachers. I also spent the year learning Mandarin Chinese, which is tough!
Cool under pressure
Fast learner
Friendly people-person
Quick and clean writer
Fast, accurate reader / editor
Journalistic style
Clear writing
Photography
CMS, posting online
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop
Experience in audio, video
Hobbies
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Gardening
Reading for pleasure
Traveling
Jogging, yoga
Meditation