I dig digging in to find a story

Truth be told, I never found writing breaking news stories that hard. You’re really just telling what happened where and, if possible, why. It’s an important role for a journalist but it never really lit a fire under me.

Not so with most of the stories I’ve written over the last several years. As a freelancer, I get to pick and choose the stories I write. My clients are not interested in breaking news, although some probably wouldn’t turn it down if I learned of something that merited immediate coverage. They’re more interested in features and details, so I get to dig deeper and find an angle and a story.

My most recent case in point involves Continue reading “I dig digging in to find a story”

Now I know what a ‘triune’ is. Will I use it? Hmmm.🤔

Meeting people and learning something new are two things I like best about writing and reporting. I have been fortunate to have had a career that didn’t get too focused on any one subject, although many in the freelance arena argue that a niche is a key to success.

At any rate, the other day I was reminded of the joy of learning something new. And in this case, it dealt with something I use every day — a word! Continue reading “Now I know what a ‘triune’ is. Will I use it? Hmmm.🤔”

Pitching my pitch gets closer

For freelance writers like me, with a strong journalism background, one of the areas I’ve wanted to learn more about and give a good try is story pitching.

Instead of having an editor assign stories, the writer tries to convince an editor they should publish or post a story. As a reporter, I would often actually pitch story ideas to my editor. But one main difference was those stories often resulted from some event or news release I read that morning. And since stories, or content, is what newspapers, TV stations and any other news outlet need to survive, it wasn’t too hard to get my editor to say “go do it, Mike.” 👍

As a freelancer, I don’t have that relationship with an editor. I get asked by clients to do this story or that story, Continue reading “Pitching my pitch gets closer”

A quick but long side trip

Going above and beyond or the extra yard are clichés for doing something beyond expectations. But I’ve always thought every cliché stems from some truth. So maybe there should be a better, more positive, word than “cliché.”

This past month or so had me stepping outside my routine when it comes to writing stories. It was kind of a mixed bag of results. Yet I’m glad I did it. Continue reading “A quick but long side trip”

(I am getting some) Satisfaction

Mick and the boys might have a hard time finding fulfillment and maybe a little contentment, but I have to say this year still seems headed forward in a good direction.

Several freelance writing assignments have kept me busy over the last few months, some of them even kind of fell into my lap. After the last few years, it’s nice to finally have people recognize your abilities and ask you to work for them.

Not that I’m getting rich, but I’m making enough to keep me comfortably afloat for my current situation. Continue reading “(I am getting some) Satisfaction”