Freelance Journalist (2002–present). Write news, feature, and service articles on a range of policy issues for national magazines and websites. Identify trends, develop story pitches, identify and interview sources, shape story directions, manage final read-back, and promote published articles through social media and radio interviews. Clients include The Fiscal Times, Salon, The American Prospect, Good, Men’s Health, The Crime Report, and The Albany Metroland (see “Journalism [Selected]” below). Conceived and developed proposal for annual branded product for The Fiscal Times (“Annual Federal Government Report Card”) (under consideration).
Consulting Writer-Editor and Proposal Writer (2002–present). Write reports, newsletters, and promotional materials on best practices in child welfare reform and youth policy (see “Policy Reports and Articles [Selected]” below). Provided lead concept creation and writing, rewriting, substantive editing, copyediting, and editorial proofreading in support of these and other project publications. Conducted staff trainings and briefings on writing and editing. Worked with graphics specialists to develop attractive designs for publications and promotional materials. Edited Spanish-language publications.
Publications Manager and Senior Writer-Editor, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, JBS International, Inc. (1994–2001). Wrote, edited, and oversaw the development of youth policy briefs and reports–a quarterly newsletter, two to four reports annually, speeches, semi-annual research summaries, promotional materials, and fact sheets (see “Policy Reports and Articles [Selected]” below). Wrote web-based training for youth workers. Managed layout of publications and editorial process, supervised editors, served as lead staff person overseeing government clearance process, oversaw publications from concept through printing, oversaw conversion of hard-copy materials to web-compatible format. Wrote procedures for producing publications and correspondence. Edited Spanish-language public education materials.
Senior Editor, Editorial Services Group, JBS (1992–1994). Provided substantive editing, copyediting, and editorial proofreading for a range of clients. Conducted substantive and copy editing for five semiannual reports on national and international substance abuse trends. Translated conference proceedings from Spanish to English. Conducted substantive and copy editing and oversaw incorporation of field review comments for technical assistance publication on methadone treatment. Managed all phases of editing, proofreading, and production of report on rural issues in substance abuse treatment.
Copyeditor-Proofreader, SSR, Inc. (1992). Conducted copyediting and developed editorial style guidelines in support of publication services contracts with federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense and a range of private-sector clients.
“Banks Accused of Racial Bias on Foreclosed Homes.” The Fiscal Times, 5/9/12 (http://tinyurl.com/bjf8off).
“Closing the Door on Juvenile Lockups.” The American Prospect, 3/29/11 (http://tinyurl.com/ay7wt4q).
“Crime and the Governors.” The Crime Report, 10/27/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/agfd7nn).
“The GOP, ‘Tough on Crime’ No More?” Salon, 11/7/2011 (http://tinyurl.com/bw3lmjk).
“Gun Control’s Long Game.” The American Prospect, 3/4/2013 (http://tinyurl.com/c9hrfj4).
“Happy Holidays! Now Get Back to Work.” The Fiscal Times, 7/30/11 (http://tinyurl.com/a2jr2ey).
“Housing Crisis Could End Suburbia As We Know It.” The Fiscal Times, 7/5/12 (http://tinyurl.com/bpfxlct).
“Immigrants’ Dilemma.” The Albany Metroland (cover story), 2/24/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/d4jdjpx).
“Justice Delayed.” The Crime Report, 4/8/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/bzltskc).
“The Job Trap for Ex-Prisoners: ‘The Box.’” The Crime Report, 10/20/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/ahouov5).
“Life on the List.” The American Prospect, 4/4/11 (http://tinyurl.com/a68wd8x).
“More Americans Walk Away From Their Mortgages.” The Fiscal Times, 10/24/2012 (http://tinyurl.com/8e88ll5).
“The New Boom Towns: Suburbs Get City Makeovers.” The Fiscal Times, 7/17/12 (http://tinyurl.com/abmzxck).
“No Safety in Numbers: A New Way to Treat Sex Offenders.” Good, 9/15/11 (http://tinyurl.com/a4q7vgf).
“Outsourcing the Police.” The Crime Report, 3/10/2011 (http://tinyurl.com/adgqmso).
“Prisoner’s Dilemma.” The American Prospect, 3/14/11 (http://tinyurl.com/adnmwx9).
“Standoff Over Sex Offenders.” The Crime Report, 6/21/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/ae52b3u).
“The Brain Freeze Survival Guide.” Men’s Health.com, 11/29/11 (http://tinyurl.com/bp7e47p).
“Tracking Animal Abuse (and Abusers) on the Web.” The Crime Report, 1/16/2011 (http://tinyurl.com/b6td89v).
“Who’s Guarding the Banks?” The Crime Report, 8/23/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/bzjrfsl).
More clips at www.stevenyoder.net.
Policy Reports (Selected)
Christian, S.; Diehm, C.; Yoder, S. Focusing on Child Welfare Systems: Collaborating with State Legislators on Reform. Children’s Bureau, 2005.
Diehm, C; Yoder, S. “The Positive Youth Development Approach of the Administration for Children and Families.” Speech written for Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002.
Yoder, S. “Putting Real Youth Participation Into Practice.” In The Exchange: News from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Youth Services Field, September 2001.
Yoder, S. “Linking Youth-Related Research and Practice: Strategies for Working With Researchers.” In The Exchange: News from FYSB and the Youth Services Field, September 1999.
Diehm, C.; Yoder, S. “Ending the Sexual Exploitation of Yong People: A Community Approach.” In The Exchange: News from FYSB and the Youth Services Field, Winter 1997.
Yoder, S.; Diehm, C. “The Developmental Approach to Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.” In The Exchange: News from FYSB and the Youth Services Field, Spring/Summer 1997.
Diehm, C.; Yoder, S. “Changing State and Local Youth and Family Policies.” In The Exchange: News from FYSB and the Youth Services Field, Fall 1995.
Diehm, C.; Yoder, S. “Youth With Runaway, Throwaway, and Homeless Experiences: Prevalance, Drug Use, and Other At-Risk Behaviors.” In FYSB Update (research summary and analysis), October 1995.
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Society of Professional Journalists
National Writers Union
Boot Camp for Journalists, Mediabistro
Writing Headlines for the Web, Poynter Institute
Writing Online Headlines: SEO and Beyond, Poynter Institute
Graduate coursework, Publications Specialist Program, The George Washington University: Fundamentals of Copyediting; Substantive Editing; The Consummate Writer; Printing and the Graphic Arts
BS, International Agricultural Development, and BA, Spanish, Eastern Mennonite University
Fluent in Spanish
Experience managing websites running on WordPress