A long-time newspaper gal, I began writing for dailies in Georgia in high school. I earned a degree in "Newspapers" at the University of Georgia (yes, when that was still a degree) and covered education and politics in newspapers in Georgia. My favorite reporting moments from then include sitting in the Georgia Capital for legislative sessions and covering the gubernatorial election in 2010.
After that, though, I realized a lifelong career in newspaper newsrooms may not be the best idea given the 2008 economic downturn, slow decline of ad sales and growth of online news sites. I also analyzed how much work I did during my 9-to-5 and realized that it was more focused on quantity rather than quality, and I never earned more when I produced more.
I decided to change that. It was time to see a correlation between the amount of time I spent on work and the pay I received. I also wanted a more flexible schedule and more time to focus on other aspects of my life that mattered most. I also had health issues at the time that prompted me to want a more flexible lifestyle.
Back at the University of Georgia, I pursued a master's with a niche — health and medical journalism — while I built my freelance career. By the time I graduated, I was able to work as a full-time freelancer and pay my bills.
During the past five years, I've written for national publications, picked up new clients and dropped frustrating clients. I've written columns about stress and neuroscience, run several newsletters and penned blog posts and white papers for companies. I've joined the National Association of Science Writers, Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors — and now I'm co-chairing the ASJA conference in May 2019.
In that time, I also taught undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Georgia in convergence journalism, travel journalism and health and medical journalism. It has been my dream to take these lessons online and reach people outside Georgia with thoughts about the future of work and freelancing in the U.S., as well as the top tips and strategies for making freelance writing a fulfilling and well-paying career.
Thanks for learning more about me, and I look forward to hearing more about your journey!