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"Careers in Writing." Indiana University. Bloomington, Indiana. November 2017


"Balancing Act: How to Purse Passion Projects and Big Payouts." American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Annual Conference. The Roosevelt Hotel, New York. May 2016.






"Getting the Gigs: Working with Content Clients."  Content Connections Conference. American Society of Journalists and Authors. Chicago. November 2013.




"Miss Representation" on-stage interview of Jennifer Siebel Newsom who wrote, directed and produced the American documentary film that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2011. The film explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by limiting access and often disparaging portrayals of women. 

One-on-one "Oprah-style interview" conducted in front of a live audience at Glenbard West High School. Glen Ellyn, Illinois. May 2012. 



"How to Freelance in Chicago." WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio. Uncommon Ground. Chicago. November 2011. 



"Telling Stories in the News." Making Media Connections Conference. Community Media Workshop. Chicago. June 2010.


"Using Social Media Networks." Chicago Social Media Club. Chicago. May 2009.

"How to Pitch Journalists" Community Media Workshop, Chicago. February 2009.


"Freelancing: Liability, Performance and Pay." Chicago Women in Publishing. Chicago. February 2008.


"How to Freelance in Chicago." Chicago Headline Club. Chicago. October 2007.


Organized and moderated three panels at Society of Professional Journalists National Convention in New York. May 2004. 

  • "How to Break into Freelancing"
  • "The Business of Freelancing"
  • "Writing for National Outlets"




April 2016

Taught month-long class Special Interest Group (SIG) for American Society of Journalists and Authors. 

Course description:

This class was for all levels of writers—newcomers and experienced writers. Participants learned how to target an industry or trade publication, discover new markets, trends and niches while developing a plan to increase their trade publication income in 2016. 



J366. Launched inaugural magazine writing and reporting class for senior-level students.

Class included in-person visit from Time Out Chicago then editor in chief Amy Carr and SKYPE guest lecturers with Chris Anderson, WIRED's then editor in chief, as well as veteran freelance reporter Patrick Symmes.


Guest Lecturer: columbia College 

  • Freelancing 101. How to get started, what to pitch, cultivates sources and tell stories." 
  • Reporting & Writing II. Where to go, how to query, how to use technology-based reporting techniques, research and use social media sites."
  • How to Get a Job in Journalism. Job interviewing techniques and tips, mock interviews and resume critiques.
  • Feature Writing. The art of storytelling, narrative writing, how to background sources and build a report."
  • Introduction to Journalism. The basics about reporting, writing, editing and cultivating sources."


Guest LectuRer: Loyola University

Writing and Marketing News. Spoke to C266 class about how to break into freelance, how to pitch ideas, interview difficult subjects and market yourself using multimedia tools.



Created editorial internship program

Launched and managed editorial internship program at CSP Businesss Media/Winsight for Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines. 

  • Held week-long training course to introduce interns to company culture, history and expectations, followed by weekly meetings and training sessions.
  • Interns helped to contribute to multiple cover stories for national monthly B2B magazines.


Overhauled in-house writing program

Supervised in-house writers and stable of freelancers while working as an editor at Imagination, a custom publishing house in Chicago. 

  • Held weekly meetings to improve interaction and communication between editors and in-house writers.
  • Developed content guidelines including weekly AP style tests to improve quality and performance. 
  • Cost-benefit analysis: $120,000 saved annually.