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Freelance Committee

The Freelance Committee's purpose is to promote, assist, and build a communication network for freelance reporters, writers, editors, copy editors, photographers, designers and all additional contract journalists. This committee?s goal is to bring heightened awareness to freelance journalism. It acts a bridge to connect freelance journalists with editors. This committee is an advocate for freelance journalism. It also provides a professional and social outlet for freelance journalists. This committee encourages reasonable work-pay ratios, respect, and education for the growing number of freelance journalists.


Freelance Committee Chair

Michael Fitzgerald
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Bio (click to expand) Michael Fitzgerald has freelanced for nearly 10 years, writing for publications and Web sites including the Boston Globe Magazine, BNet, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., the New York Times and Yahoo! His most recent awards were 2nd place finishes in the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ 2009 Outstanding Article awards in the Business and Technology and Trade categories. His Web site is www.mffitzgerald.com
Freelance Committee Members

Crai Bower
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Bio (click to expand) Award winning travel and lifestyle writer Crai S Bower contributed over 100 articles in 2010 for more than 20 publications and online sources. He is the travel commentator for NPR-affiliate KUOW and American Forces Radio and was featured in “Seattle 100: Portrait of a City.” www.FlowingStreamWriting.net

Carol Cole-Frowe
Freelance journalist
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Bio (click to expand) Carol Cole-Frowe is a full-time freelance writer and veteran journalist specializing in profiles, environmental, science, business and health reporting. She is an award-winning journalist who has written or edited at several daily Oklahoma newspapers, the Oklahoma Gazette and The Associated Press. She also is president of the Oklahoma Pro chapter.

Eric Francis
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Dana Neuts
Freelance Journalist
P.O. Box 6231
Kent, WA 98064
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Bio (click to expand) picture After a career in financial services, Dana (Blozis) Neuts began freelancing in 2003. Based in Kent, Washington, Dana is a freelance writer and editor as well as the owner and publisher of iLoveKent.net and iLoveCovington.com, hyperlocal blogs. Her work has appeared in many Seattle-area publications as well as national publications including GSN: Government Security News, HS Today and American Profile. She is past-president of the award-winning Western Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ, serves as the Region 10 Director of SPJ, is a member of the membership committee, and chairman of the freelance committee. She previously served on the SDX foundation board and has been a facilitator for Scripps. For more information, please visit VirtuallyYourz.com. Specialties: Business Writing and Editing, Features, Humor, Small Business, Nonprofits, Finance, Insurance, Travel, and Marketing Consulting and Implementation including Social Media.

Paula Pant
PDP Associates
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Bio (click to expand) Paula Pant is an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in small business and personal finance. A former newspaper reporter and assistant news editor (The Colorado Daily, The E.W. Scripps Company), she has won a regional Society of Professional Journalists award for online video reporting/producing. She is co-President of the Atlanta Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was named a 2010 SPJ Diversity Fellow. She has traveled to more than 30 countries across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America. She graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Specialties: Money, Personal Finance, Budget Travel, “Mom & Pop” Real Estate, Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship

Anna Pratt
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David Sheets
Freelance editor, media consultant
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Bio (click to expand) David Sheets is a former newspaper journalist in St. Louis with more than 25 years' worth of experience at daily publications in Missouri, Illinois, Florida and Nevada. He is immediate past-president and board member of the St. Louis Pro Chapter.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Freelance journalist
Rochester, N.Y.
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Bio (click to expand) Ruth E. Thaler-Carter (www.writerruth.com) has been a full-time freelance writer, editor and desktop publisher since 1984. She is chapter coordinator, national newsletter editor and workshop presenter for the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA); member of the SPJ and American Copy Editors Society freelance committees, among other association memberships; author and publisher of “Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer”; and author of “Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business.”

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