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Meet your freelance panel for tips and ideas about the life of a freelancer

Moderator:  Louise Phelps, SPJ Georgia Secretary

Together these experienced freelance journalists can answer your questions about what it takes to work as a freelancer in our field. They will have plenty of tips and examples about the challenges and rewards of freelancing for a living.

Holly Fisher

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Holly Fisher

Holly A. Fisher is the founder and CEO of Fisher Creative LLC, a marketing communications company in Mount Pleasant. The Fisher Creative team handles social media marketing and public relations for several Charleston area nonprofits and small businesses, including the Charleston Parks Conservancy, Lowcountry AIDS Services, The Footlight Players, Fruit That Lasts, Moranz Entertainment, Charleston Orthodontic Specialists and many more. Fisher is past SPJ Region 3 Regional Director.

Helen Mitternight

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Helen Mitternight

Helen Mitternight is a former AP reporter and current freelancer living in downtown Charleston. Her work has appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, City Paper, Local Palate, and Charleston Living, among others.



Haisten Willis

Haisten Willis

Haisten Willis

Haisten Willis is a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and online publications. He also brings extensive editing experience to the table, working with writers and guest columnists across a variety of platforms and projects.

Since 2008, his byline has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Marietta Daily Journal, several sites in the SB Nation network, lifestyle magazines including Living NorthsideLiving Intown and West Georgia Living, and a number of trade publications. His writing has captured statewide awards on topics ranging from business to sports, religion and politics. Haisten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism from California State University, Fresno.  Willis is also president of SPJ Georgia.

Stell Simonton

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Stell Simonton

Stell Simonton is an independent journalist in Atlanta. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera America and Georgia Health News among other publications. Simonton writes frequently for Youth Today and has special knowledge of youth development, social/emotional learning and innovative work with young people. She has also contributed to the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, and recently begun writing for How Stuff Works.

Simonton is a former digital editor-producer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she worked for 19  years. She began as a copy editor for the newspaper. As a full-time freelancer for the past five years, Simonton continues to think a lot about the best ways to work as an independent journalist. 

In addition to SPJ and SPJ Georgia, she is active in the Journalism & Women Symposium, a national organization of women journalists. Simonton is a member of the SPJ Georgia Freelance Community and will be writing a quarterly column for SPJ Region 3’s starting in spring 2018. 

Bob Sullivan

Bob Sullivan

Bob Sullivan

Your keynote speaker, Bob Sullivan is going the  freelance panels to discuss his experience and tips on becoming and sustaining his work as a freelance journalist. 




Lunch included

Questions?? Contact Sharon Dunten at or text/phone (317) 410-7217. 

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