Consultant and freelance writer, focusing on local and digital journalism, social media, niche local information and changing culture in the Charlotte area. I continue to develop my neighborhood blog at UnderOak and share journalism writing and research at Global Vue.
Some clients, with sample posts
Conferences, barcamps and online community activitiesJanuary 2010: (expected) Science Online 2010, Raleigh, N.C. A three-day event to explore science on the Web, involving scientists, educators, students, editors, bloggers, journalists, writers, web developers to investigate online strategies and tools for doing science, publishing science, teaching science, and promoting the public understanding of science.December 2009: Society of News Design meetup in Hickory, N.C., organized by founder Richard Curtis. November 2009: The Future of News, participated through Twitter and watched remote seminar from Minnesota Public Radio on non-profit and for-profit news models.October 2009: Online News Association, San Francisco. Attended through grant for unemployed or underemployed journalists. Focused on sessions about local projects, content management systems, web traffic analysis, Twitter for news organizations, usability and design.October 2009: Barcamp Charlotte II, Charlotte, N.C. Pitched and led a session discussion seeking specific answers on how to improve journalism locally, including encouraging the use of hash tags in Twitter, encouraging out-of-work journalists to volunteer their time using new skills, partnering with new journalism outlets. Promoted conference through tweets, covered event for Crossroads Charlotte.August 2009: Social Fresh, inaugural marketing conference, Charlotte, N.C. volunteer. Directed traffic, guided visiting press, promoted conference through tweets.January 2009: Barcamp Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C. Inaugural camp. Attended. Participated in panel discussion on the future of journalism, with media representatives and public relations people.November 2008: CLT Wordcamp, with space provided by The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C. Volunteer, planner, setup, logistics.RJI Collaboratory: Contributor to the "Hyperlocal journalism business model" group; member of several other groups aimed at sharing and learning about business tools and models for local online journalism.Wired Journalists and Publish2: Member since 2008, advocate for broader use of Publish2 tools.CLTBlog: A startup site in Charlotte, aimed at an involved, visual, participatory audience for news and opinion in Charlotte. Adviser to writers and photographer, contributor, attended recent "Future of Technology in Charlotte" vodcast taping.