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The Independent Journalist Blog: Latest Posts
– Inspiration for finding the story
– A freelancer’s take on where the news business headed
– A dummy’s guide to home office survival
– My so-called writing life
– Combining your love for music with journalism

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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


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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The Independent Journalist Blog: Latest Entry

Inspiration for finding the story

Guest blogger: Bret Schulte  Writing is hard. If writing comes easy, my guess is you’re either doing it wrong or you’re a genius, and I’ve never met a genius. (If I’ve met you, no offense.) Freelancers are faced with the toughest part of a tough job: Finding the story. Where beat reporters have the advantage – if you want to call it that – of tending small gardens of public interest, such as cops or schools, in which each blossom might decorate the next day’s publication, freelancers trod acres upon acres of generally disregarded underbrush. >Continue reading Inspiration for finding the story

More from The Independent Journalist:
– Inspiration for finding the story
– A freelancer’s take on where the news business headed
– A dummy’s guide to home office survival
– My so-called writing life
– Combining your love for music with journalism


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Inspiration for finding the story

Guest blogger: Bret Schulte  Writing is hard. If writing comes easy, my guess is you’re either doing it wrong or you’re a genius, and I’ve never met a genius. (If I’ve met you, no offense.) Freelancers are faced with the toughest part of a tough job: Finding the story. Where beat reporters have the advantage – if you want to call it that – of tending small gardens of public interest, such as cops or schools, in which each blossom might decorate the next day’s publication, freelancers trod acres upon acres of generally disregarded underbrush. >Continue reading Inspiration for finding the story

The Independent Journalist Blog: Latest Entry

Inspiration for finding the story

Guest blogger: Bret Schulte  Writing is hard. If writing comes easy, my guess is you’re either doing it wrong or you’re a genius, and I’ve never met a genius. (If I’ve met you, no offense.) Freelancers are faced with the toughest part of a tough job: Finding the story. Where beat reporters have the advantage – if you want to call it that – of tending small gardens of public interest, such as cops or schools, in which each blossom might decorate the next day’s publication, freelancers trod acres upon acres of generally disregarded underbrush. >Continue reading Inspiration for finding the story

More from The Independent Journalist:
– Inspiration for finding the story
– A freelancer’s take on where the news business headed
– A dummy’s guide to home office survival
– My so-called writing life
– Combining your love for music with journalism


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The Society of Professional Journalists is committed to providing its members with quality benefits. In addition to training, resources and other valuable benefits, SPJ is now offering access to insurance and financial planning services through an Indianapolis-based financial services firm and consultants Harry W. Riley, III and David N. Brown.

Active SPJ members are entitled to free quotes for coverage and access to the following products:

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On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism

A year’s worth of work by SPJ’s Freelance Committee debuted at Excellence In Journalism 2012 with the introduction of On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism, the committee’s first effort to consolidate the collected wisdom of its members.

The 77-page guide, available only in digital form, addresses a broad range of questions common among new and aspiring freelancers — from bookkeeping to business licenses to branding — and is free to download for all SPJ members.

Follow this link to get your copy. Not an SPJ member? Now you have yet another reason to be one.


SPJ on Demand for Freelancers

SPJ's On Demand sessions are available to all SPJ members at any time and are included as part of your SPJ membership.

NEW! Personal Branding:
What is a Personal Brand?
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Videos on Freelancing:
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Freelancing: As a Business, Part I
Freelancing: As a Business, Part II
Freelancing: As a Business, Part III

Additional topics include:
— Smartphone Journalism
— Using Social Media Tools
— FOI Acquiring Records
— Basic Video Techniques
— Using Blogs and Video

Follow this link to see all available sessions.

Not an SPJ Member? View a sample video here, and then join SPJ to see the others!


The SPJ Freelancer Directory

Editors: Need a personal finance writer from California? How about a sportswriter from Texas or an arts & entertainment writer from Illinois? Find the right journalist for your next assignment with SPJ’s brand-new Freelancer Directory. Search by state and/or specialty, subscribe to state-specific RSS feeds, or just do some window shopping. Freelancers: What are you waiting for? Adding your information to the directory is free if you're an SPJ member. Not a member? Here are a few more reasons to become one.


SPJ New Job Bank

SPJ's Job Bank has expanded to give members even greater benefits than before. Now all members can post résumés and career profiles, which registered employers can search. Creating your profile is free for all SPJ members, so get started today!


Reading Room

Continuing to improve as a professional is a focal point of any good journalist. Inside, you'll find articles written by SPJ Freelance Committee chairs Wendy Hoke and Dawn Reiss that address the needs and challenges of Freelance Journalists, as well as tips on how to improve your contacts and source gathering.

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