Bill Palka

Work History

Work History
Jan 2007 - Present

Sports staff writer

The Daily Orange

Researched, pitched and wrote weekly national college football stories based on off-beat topics Wrote enterprise stories previewing Syracuse athletic teams Wrote profiles of Syracuse athletes Wrote enterprise stories about Syracuse’s opponent for upcoming games

Jul 2009 - Present

Legal Writer

Binder & Binder

Wrote appeals and letters to judges for National Social Security disability advocate Worked closely with senior attorney to draft, edit and submit legal requests to judgesReviewed clients' medical records and files to ensure they were adequate for their social security claims

Aug 2008 - Dec 2008

Sports intern

The Post-Standard

Reported weekly on high school and collegiate athletic games Wrote feature articles on sports figures in the Syracuse area Blogged live updates from sporting events Organized Friday night football roundups

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Editorial Intern

The Post-Standard

Pitched ideas at daily meetings for new ways of presenting local coverage online Used Flip cameras to record interviews and footage Wrote short features on school districts and restaurants in the eastern suburbs of Syracuse

Jan 2008 - Apr 2008

Intern

The Florentine

Brainstormed and pitched story ideas with supervisor Wrote profile on recent Harvard-graduate playing American football in Parma Wrote feature article about professional and little league baseball in Italy

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007

News Intern

ABC News Radio

Wrote radio scripts for entertainment and technology segments Prepped overnight production of “ABC News What’s Coming for movies.com” and “Cybershake” segments using Dalet editing system Conducted man-on-the-street interviews and cut segments to be used for trend stories Researched facts for correspondents to use in their stories

Education

Education
Aug 2005 - Present

Bachelor of Science

Syracuse University

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Graduation: May 2009

Cumulative GPA: 3.410