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Freelancers need to make a living, too

By SPJ | Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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.

Juggling act

By SPJ | Monday, May 12th, 2014

Guest blogger: Ellen Eldridge My turn to introduce myself at the pro chapter meeting of Society of Professional Journalists in Eatonton May 10, where the faces of proven journalists, columnists for major market newspapers and freelance entrepreneurs look to me to hear what I have to say. I stutter and look down, thinking I’m so much better at introducing myself on paper. Hitting only the highlights of my recent accomplishments takes time: intern with a community newspaper, editor-in-chief of a college feature magazine, mother of two and a wife.

Combining your love for music with journalism

By SPJ | Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Guest blogger: Ellen Eldridge Writers feel drawn to the power of crafting a name for themselves by transforming the power of music (or news, events and so on) into the power of words.  When people ask me how to write a concert review, I suggest writing down exactly what they would tell their best friend when asked, “How was the show?” The truth is that writing album and concert reviews is much like writing poetry, in that the personal nature of experiencing a moment in time doesn’t translate as well to those who weren’t there—unless you’re a damn fine writer.

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