Monthly Archive: November 2014


First Draft | November 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #
What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

Last weekend this Florida girl braved the freezing temps in Columbus, Ohio for the first session of the 2014/2015 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and brings journalists from all over the nation together to learn about leadership, managing a SPJ chapter and for networking. The dates for my region’s session didn’t work with my calendar so I was allowed to join the fine folks from Region 4.

There were five reasons the program impressed me. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | November 11th, 2014 | #
Freelance does not mean free

Who put the “free” in freelance? If you are a freelance writer, editor, journalist, graphic designer or another type of freelancer you know that freelance does not mean free. But not everyone knows that.

A few years ago there was a local freelance photographer that I’d see at networking events. He’d stand up, smile, wave and say “I’m the only truly “free”-lance photographer in town!” He was proud of the fact that he gave his work away. Continue reading


First Draft | November 6th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Generation J: Our Next Chapter

Hi Everyone!

If you didn’t already know or had met me at EIJ14, my name is Claudia Amezcua the current SPJ Generation J Chair for almost a year now.  Since returning from Nashville to Los Angeles, i’ve spent some time enjoying the summer weather in the fall and countless hours in traffic letting everything the Gen J Committee aim to accomplish next year into perspective.

Our goals:

We want to broaden the reach of our committee to include journalists of all career levels. Continue reading


First Draft | November 5th, 2014 | #, #
Check your ego at the door

I am not afraid to ask for help.

Well, that’s not entirely true, but I am certainly not afraid to ask for help when it comes to journalism. Especially when there are so many experts that predate my entrance into this field.

Now, my degree is in communication, not psychology, but I understand the internal strife that comes with not understanding an issue or knowing how to proceed with an idea. The thought of asking for help can be paralyzing. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | November 5th, 2014 | #
Freelancers need to make a living, too

Guest blogger: Ellen Eldridge

One of the hardest lessons to learn when freelancers start out is how to charge for services. Those coming out of professional careers may have a different perspective, but I’ve seen personally and among my artist friends that asking for money for a job you love to do sometimes feels like panhandling for spare change. And clients will abuse you if you let them.

We writers must have confidence in our abilities and know we are worth our fees. Continue reading