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Freelance Community

SPJ's Freelance Community is a virtual chapter that meets online, linking SPJ members who are freelancers, no matter their locale. Learn more here, and visit the community's online portal here.

Freelance Community Chair

Anna Pratt, chair
Freelance Directory Profile
Bio (click to expand) As a staff reporter-turned-freelance journalist, Anna Pratt, who lives in Minneapolis, Minn., has ventured into garbage houses, spent the night in a homeless shelter and witnessed a fistfight in a church basement, all for various stories. Her byline has appeared in the Star Tribune, The Line, the Southwest Journal, the Minnesota Independent and several suburban and community papers, web publications and broadcast media in the Twin Cities. Pratt is active with the Society of Professional Journalists' freelance community and she serves as the treasurer for the award-winning Minnesota Pro Chapter of SPJ.

Michelle Donahue, vice chair
Freelance Community Officers

Amy Ritchart, Events Coordinator

Hazel Becker, Resources Coordinator
Freelance journalist
Washington, D.C.
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Michael Fitzgerald, At Large Officer
Freelance Directory Profile
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

Michelle Sandlin, At Large Officer

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