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  Alexandra Samuel
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  A recognized tech writer and expert who has written for the Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, Harvard Business Review, TheAtlantic.com, Macworld and more. I cover social media, digital politics and online culture, and my stories get widely tweeted, blogged and shared online.

I'm up for assignments that tackle the business, social, political or personal impact of social media and the Internet, whether you're looking for reporting, reviews, how-tos, opinion pieces or business reports. My work ranges from crisp business writing to humorous self-reflection.

I comment frequently on digital issues for both print and broadcast, and am also happy to provide quotes or interviews.

My research and consulting work has included building more than 30 online communities, social media presences and ebooks, so I am game for projects that involve publishing in new digital forms or that require social media expertise from someone who understands the business of writing and publishing.

Work Info
 
Expertise
Blogger 7 Years
Social Media 7 Years
Writer 13 Years
Specialty
Entrepreneurship 7 Years
Humor 10 Years
Technology 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
13 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Oprah.com (11+), Harvard Business Review blog (11+), TheAtlantic.om (3-5), Vancouver Sun (1-2), Wall Street Journal (1-2), Macworld (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Paperny Films (3-5), School for Startups, UK (1-2), Mozilla (1-2)
Other Work History
Director, Social + Interactive Media Centre, Emily Carr University (present)
Founder & CEO, Social Signal (one of the world's first social media agencies, founded 2005)
Computer Skills
Drupal and Wordpress development
Development technical requirements and wireframes for social websites
HTML and CSS
Word, Excel, PPT
Expert-level user of a wide range of online and desktop software tools (Evernote, Gmail, Skitch, Basecamp etc)
Equipment
Audio recorder, basic video camera (Flip/iPhone)
Foreign Language Skills
Strong French, some German and Spanish
Work Permits & Visas
US & Canadian citizen
Awards
Webby nominee, ChangeEverything, 2008
Other
Ph.D. in Political Science, Harvard University (focused on online activism)

In recent years I have written primarily for online media, but have previously been a columnist for the Vancouver Sun, a regular contributor on digital issues for the Toronto Star, and a contributor the Business 2.0 magazine.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near Seattle-Tacoma, WA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Harvard Business Review  
(Harvard Business Review, 6/16/2011)
This post was the first critique of the social media response to Vancouver's 2010 hockey riots, and helped to catalyze an international debate over the role of social media in sanctioning criminal behavior. This post was extensively cited in international coverage of the issue, and I was widely inte
(Harvard Business Review, 7/15/2010)
This defence of social media immersion is one of the most widely-tweeted blog posts on the Harvard Business Review site.
Oprah.com  
(Oprah.com, 6/16/2010)
These Father's Day suggestions included a mix of product reviews and ideas for fun family activities online, delivered with affectionate reflections on the dads in my own life.
(Oprah.com, 5/19/2010)
In a case of karmic retribution for dragging two strep-throated kids to a 6 am Apple Store line-up, my children took custody of our new iPads within about 24 hours. This piece shares the 5 questions you need to ask before letting your children get their sticky, dirty hands all over your shiny new ta
(Oprah.com, 3/10/2010)
Advice on how to strengthen your marriage with digital tools, in a piece that marries personal reflection with practical tech tips.
Contact Info
  Alexandra Samuel
Vancouver,  
Canada

Tel: 604-726-5445  
E-Mail: alex@socialsignal.com
Website: http://alexandrasamuel.com