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Financial Survival Tips for Freelance Journalists

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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 Triblive.com, 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 (https://twitter.com/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.

Directions to the UMass Journalism Department: The best place to park is the parking garage (1 Campus Center Way). Walk through the Campus Center. Go past the bookstore, pass a coffeeshop, and turn right into the Blue Wall (eatery). Walk straight through and out the door, and you’ll see the Integrative Learning Center (tall glass building). We’re on the fourth floor. Just don’t take the elevator directly behind the coffeeshop. That will only take you to the second floor. There is another set of elevators on the “pond side” of the building that go all the way up to the 4th floor. It’s easy to get a little lost, so we encourage everyone to give themselves a few extra minutes.