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I received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Florida and I have more than 30 years of professional experience as a reporter and writer, copy editor, proofreader, and in public relations (more detailed descriptions below). I specialize in science projects for international students with English as a second language. I can empathize with international students because I was born overseas and grew up, and went to school, in more than one foreign country, and served with the U.S. Navy on a ship home ported in Naples, Italy, (with a top secret clearance) for most of my active duty.

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Editing Gainesville, FL
Writer Gainesville, FL
Public relations Gainesville, FL
Proofreading Gainesville, FL
Typing, transcribing Gainesville, FL
More About Me
History, modeling (ships mostly), having fun with Izzy, our pet Corgi.
Work Experience:
January 1998 to present.
Meredith Book Group, Des Moines, Iowa:
Freelance Copy Editor listed in the credits of four Better Homes & Gardens, two Stanley Tools, 26 Home Depot, nine Ortho Books, and two Stanley Tools books.

January 1998 to August 8, 2008.
Legislative Services Agency, State of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa:
Text Processor and Proofreader, using a one-of-a-kind computer system to make required changes to the Iowa Code base; produce official documents, including acts (bills) , amendments, resolutions.

January 1996 to June 1997.
Birmingham, Alabama:
Freelance book Copy Editor; operated franchised fax-on-demand broadcast human resource system; sold advertising for local entertainment periodical.

July 1986 to January 1996.
Alabama Power Company, Birmingham, Alabama:
Internal Editorial Communications Coordinator (9/93-1/96) -- Successfully implemented computer-based video system (TargetVision) to corporate building and generating plants; converted daily news summary to fax-on-demand system, saving $36,000 annually on printing and postage costs; published daily company/industry e-mail news report to about 2,000 Southern Company employees; formal training included “Finance for Non-finance Managers,” Southern Company College.
Editorial Services Coordinator (6/92-9/93) -- Assigned work to freelancers/producers and ensured quality standards were met; wrote advertising copy and scripts (television, radio, and print), including training videos, brochures, annual reports; project leadership included television spot promotion of SEC championship game in Birmingham; formal training included “Scriptwriting for Video,” Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation.
Employee Communications Specialist (7/86-6/92) -- Copywriting, photography, editing, and design of weekly internal corporate newsletter; produced feature articles and photography for company’s monthly employee/retiree magazine.

September 1984 to July 1986.
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Of
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science degree, College of Journalism; Polk County (Florida) Community College, dean’s list, Associate of Arts degree; University of New Mexico, journalism major; graduated from Assocào Escola Graduada (high school) de Saò Paulo, Brazil.
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Steve Hallam is located in Gainesville, FL and has the following skills: Editing, Writer, Public relations, Proofreading, Typing, transcribing
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Category: Communications
I have copy edited several books for individual authors, including a memoir, a magician’s how-to book, and a motivational book. I am listed in the credits page as freelance copy editor for the following books by one of the nation’s leading publishers, Meredith Corp.

Better Homes & Gardens --
Stone Landscaping
Step-by-Step Yard & Garden Basics
Basement Planner
Trellises, Arbors, and Pergolas

Stanley Tools
Basic Plumbing
Advanced Plumbing

Home Depot
Kitchen Fixtures, Fittings & Lighting
Fittings & Lighting
Cabinets & Countertops
Bathroom Fixtures & Vanities
Kitchen Design
Bath & Kitchen Installations
Kitchen and Bath Remodels
Kitchens & Baths
Bathroom Remodeling
Design With a Purpose
How to Bring Country Home
Cabinets and Shelves
Deck & Patio Upgrade
All About Tiling/Basic Techniques
Gates and Fences
Roofs & Siding
Doors, Windows and Skylights
Windows and Skylights
Finish Carpentry
Step-by-Step Electrical Wiring
Deck & Patio Planner
Decks 1-2-3

Ortho Books
Landscape Construction
Outdoor Structures
Perennial Garden Design
Home Encyclopedia [of plants]
Decks, Patios, & Balconies
Materials and Techniques
Decorative Painting
Indoor & Outdoor Lighting
All About Patios & Walkways
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 15


Category: Communications
I worked as a reporter/photographer for the Fernandina Beach News Leader, a weekly, and then for a five-day-a-week newspaper, the Palatka Daily News, both in Florida. I then worked for the Jackson [Miss.] Daily News for seven years as general assignment reporter, which is significant because it indicates I could effectively cover any and all subjects. I covered municipal and county law enforcement, district and federal courts, county and state government meetings, features, editorials, and covered space shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Texas. I have a number of samples of my work as a reporter.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 19

Public relations

Category: Communications
After working for newspapers, I was a Senior Science Writer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Office of University Relations, where I developed a target marketing technique that succeeded in widespread publicizing of research at UAB. I have a number of copies of the press releases I wrote, copies of resulting newspaper articles and letters from prospective research grantors, as well as commendation letters from several university officials. I also coordinated media events involving a number of speakers. After that, I worked in public relations for Alabama Power, part of the Southern Company based in Atlanta, Ga. Having the job title of Internal Editorial Communications Coordinator, I supervised freelance writers and adapted new technologies to existing internal communications systems.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 1


Category: Communications
While copy editing at Meredith Corp. in Des Moines, Iowa, I accepted proofreading projects involving a number of books which are not listed above. I was also a full-time proofreader of bills, amendments, resolutions, and other official documents for the Iowa Legislature, in the statehouse in Des Moines, ensuring the documents were in the proper form (for example, there were seven types of resolutions, each with different content and formatting requirements).
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 11

Typing, transcribing

Category: Communications
Besides years of typing required of writing for newspapers and in public relations, I was a “text processor” for the Iowa Legislature. I ensured the various official documents contained the correct formatting codes and were in the proper form. This function also involved using a one-of-a-kind computer system that could automatically apply amendments, sometimes containing hundreds of changes, to bills.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 33