Adam Sparks

I am an effective leader and project manager who is proficient in web and print applications.

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I am an experienced digital and print journalist with strengths in design, editing and writing.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Oct. 2014-Present:

  • Digital Editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Honolulu)

July 2011-Oct. 2014:

  • Designer/Copy editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Honolulu)

June 2010-Oct. 2014:

  • Co-Owner, Wired Advanced Media (Eugene, Ore.)
  • Executive Editor, Wired Oregon
  • Freelance writer / designer / photographer

Nov. 2006-June 2010:

  • Designer/Copy editor, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

Aug. 2003-Nov. 2006:

  • Designer/Copy editor, Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu)

Dec 2000-Aug. 2003:

  • Copy editor, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

July 2000-Dec. 2000:

  • Sports editor, The Springfield News (Springfield, Ore.)

Nov. 1997-Jan. 2000:

  • Sports writer, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

Oct. 1996-Nov. 1997:

  • Sports writer, The Springfield News (Springfield, Ore.)

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Training / implementation team for the Star-Advertiser’s print / digital system updgrade, 2014-present
  • Webmaster for the Star-Advertiser’s high school and Univ. of Hawaii sports websites, 2012-present
  • Design / setup of the Star-Advertiser’s high school and Univ. of Hawaii sports websites, 2012, 2013
  • Small business owner: web design / hosting / social media / project management, Wired Advanced Media, 2010-2014
  • Freelance sportswriter for The Associated Press, Yahoo! Sports, The Register-Guard, 2010-2014
  • Systems administrator for InDesign, InCopy and DTI programs at The Register-Guard, 2007-2010
  • Beta and training team member for The Register-Guard’s computer system upgrade, 2007
  • Beta testing team for Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite, 2010-present
  • Lead sports designer, The Register-Guard, 2006-2010
  • Lead sports designer, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2003-2006

EDUCATION

  • 1996-2001: University of Oregon, Bachelor’s Degree in Communications
  • 1995-1996: University of Nevada, Reno

AWARDS

  • APSE Top 10, special section: 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials preview section
  • ONPA first place, special section: 2008 Oregon football preview section
  • ONPA second place, special section: 2010 Rose Bowl preview section
  • ONPA second place, special section: 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials preview section
  • APSE Top 10, special section: 2005 Hawaii volleyball preview section
  • APSE Top 10, special section: 2004 Hawaii football preview section
  • SPJ, Hawaii Chapter: 2004 best news page design

REFERENCES

Provided on request

 

SKILLS

  • Management / leadership
  • Writing
  • Copy editing
  • WordPress website setup / maintenance
  • Digital media
  • Project management
  • Layout / design, digital and print
  • Social media account management / marketing
  • Computer system training / testing
  • Analytics / SEO

APPLICATION PROFICIENCY

  • WordPress
  • InDesign
  • Chartbeat / Google Analytics
  • Slack
  • PhotoShop
  • Business acct. management: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
  • QuarkXpress
  • InCopy
  • NewsEngin
  • DTI
  • BBEdit / Text Wrangler / DreamWeaver
  • Word / Excel

WEB

  • WordPress
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Clickability