Sam Schlinkert

Hi! I’m Sam

I'm an editor and programmer based in New York. I'm currently looking for work! I'm interested in privacy, security, passwords, user education, and technical writing.

Most recently, I was an editor at CNN+, CNN's short-lived streaming service. Before that I spent ten years as a social media editor. I also write code sometimes.

Here are some things I can do.

You can find me on GitHub, Mastodon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. From time to time I write about passwords, privacy, Rust, books, text editors, code, etc.


Here are some of my favorite coding projects from over the years, organized by language. You can browse my coding blog or GitHub profile for more examples.

Passphrase word list work

Rust command line tools and other projects

JavaScript games

Social Media Editing

I was a Social Media Producer at CNN from 2015 to 2021, primarily working with CNN's Facebook account. Our social media team won a Webby and a Murrow Award for our coverage of the 2016 election.

I also compiled and analyzed social media analytics and created Slack bots for our teams, using Rust, Ruby and Python. Additionally, I maintained technical documentation for the team.

Before that, I held similar positions at BuzzFeed News and Newsweek & The Daily Beast, where I focused on running both organizations' Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Most recently, I revamped the user documentation for anonymous tip line software called Hush Line.

You can read more of my writing, technical and otherwise, on my blog, including guides for enabling two-factor authentication on Mastodon, getting started with Restic, and using KeePassXC password manager. I also wrote an overview of my Vim configuration and notes on my Linux setup.

While at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, I reported a few articles. Here are some favorites:


You can reach me on Mastodon or using more secure methods.