My Writing Samples

 "As reflected by a career trajectory that includes professional writing and editing, Mr. Barris has excellent writing and communication skills. His writing is graceful and nuanced as well as lithe and lively."

James E. Katz, PhD, Board of Governors Professor of Communication, and Chair of Department of Communication, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information 


The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan) 

Co-wrote text and interviewed government officials, watchdogs and journalists for Palgrave Macmillan-published book on Obama administration’s promise to use social media for governmental policy-making. Created picture about the strengths and weaknesses of social media for public involvement through drawing on interviews and case materials and analyzing presidential use of Twitter, Facebook, and other online tools. 


New Jersey Policy Research Organization-Building Bridges-II 

Drafted research report for the New Jersey Policy Research 

Organization, a think-tank of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, on leveraging academia-industry collaboration to build a New Jersey innovation ecosystem and drive economic growth. The report, which recommended actions to Governor Chris Christie's administration, resulted in the formation of a State Council on Innovation.



The Wall Street Journal-Pfizer To Cut 10,000 Jobs 

Wrote more than 300 bylined stories for The Wall Street Journal, the largest United States newspaper by circulation, and other publications, as multi-faceted writer and editor. Also have written/edited for Knight Ridder Financial News, China Daily, the Asbury Park Press, Mobile Marketer and DownBeat magazine.