Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

ONA Western New England: Financial Survival Tips for Freelance Journalists

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA Western New England

Have you ever wondered how freelance journalists can break even financially? Many people with journalism degrees are freelancing nowadays. It can be challenging for them to make ends meet.

To talk about practical tips to help freelancers break even, ONA Western New England is hosting a panel discussion. Two experienced self-employed reporters will share ideas that other journalists can use. These will include online tools that can help reporters ramp up their incomes.

Kim Lyons is a freelance writer and editor based in Pittsburgh whose work appears on, Pittsburgh City Paper, and other local and national publications. While on staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she was part of a team that won a 2012 Associated Press award for breaking news and was a 2015 Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University. She’s co-host of The Broadcast Podcast, which features conversations with women changing their communities. Kim started ONA Pittsburgh in 2012 because she’s a passionate advocate of social and online media and believes strongly in the power of community journalism in all its forms. You can find her on Twitter: @socialkimly.

Kat Friedrich is a news editor who is originally from Chicago, lives in Vermont, and has worked as a mechanical engineer. She changed careers to study journalism and environmental studies. Starting an entrepreneurial news project about clean energy led to her being recruited by Yale University as a self-employed journalist. The lively group of motivated students on her team is now expanding the articles, infographics, podcasts and videos published by Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. They are experimenting with the latest innovations in online media, solutions journalism, and environmental communication. Last summer, she collaborated with other journalists to start Online News Association Western New England.

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Come talk about how financial survival tips for freelance journalists.


Friday, Mar. 24, 2017
4 pm



UMass Amherst, Integrative Learning Center
650 North Pleasant St
Amherst , MA