SPJ Region 3 conference gives freelancers a chance to talk in-person with editors

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Editors’ Panel: Talk to editors who work with freelancers everyday

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Official sponsor of the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference “Freelance Blitz”

Freelance journalists and contractors! Sometimes don’t you wish you could just have the ear of an editor for a minute to find out what they really want, how they want it and how much they are willing to pay for it? Join the Professional Editors Panel and ask those hard questions that you have always wanted to ask at the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference & “Freelance Blitz.” And also find some new contacts in the process. 

Haisten Willis, Moderator

Jesse Darland

Jesse DarlandJesse Darland is managing editor at Content That Works, a Charleston-based digital agency. Established in 2001, Content That Works was one of the first players in native advertising, and produces 30+ syndicated content magazines and regular weekly features for newspaper partners across the United States. Darland oversees a team of freelance writers who craft content marketing, native advertising, and syndicated magazine pieces.

Hanna Raskin

Hanna Raskin yesHanna Raskin is the food editor and chief critic of The Post and Courier, the South’s oldest daily newspaper and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Most recently, she worked in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, where she produce the paper’s first podcast, an exploration of Gujarati kitchens concealed behind the check-in desks of Southeastern motels; she now co-hosts “The Winnow,” a weekly podcast about food and beverage in the American South.

In 2016, Raskin received the Association of Food Journalists‘ awards for “Best Restaurant Criticism” and “Best Food Business Story.” The following year, she received the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural award for Local Impact, created “to recognize the work of an individual who displays enterprise and excellence in ongoing local food coverage.”

A food historian by training, Raskin wrote her master’s thesis at the State University of New York’s Cooperstown Graduate Program on the relationship between Jews and Chinese food; she’s since written about immigrant food culture and regional food history for publications including American Heritage, Garden & Gun, Imbibe, Punch, Modern Farmer, Belt, Cooking Light and Tasting Table. Raskin is a founding member of Foodways Texas, and active in the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is the vice president of the Association of Food Journalists.

Paul Osmundson

Paul OsmundsonPaul Osmundson is Senior Editor of News at The State newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina. Osmundson started his career as a reporter at Columbia The State and then moved to The Herald, which is the source of local news, information for residents in York, Chester and Lancaster counties of South Carolina for more than 11 years. In 2006, Osmundson went to Charlotte, North Carolina where worked the Charlotte Observer for nine years. He returned to The State in August 2015 and now serves as Senior Editor of the news. 

Andy Owens

Andy OwensAndy Owens is the top editor at the Charleston Regional Business Journal and serve as managing editor for SC Biz News LLC, which has three regional newspapers in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., and many electronic and print products across the state’s major markets, including a quarterly economic development magazine. He is directly responsible for a team of writers, designers and editors in Mount Pleasant, S.C., that produces several publications, online and in print.

Louise Phelps

Louise PhelpsLou Phelps is the president/publisher and founder of Coastal Empire News (CEN), Savannah, Georgia, a community news company she founded in 1998. She is an active journalist and reporter, covering the top and toughest stories of her region. CEN is the publisher of four daily niche news websites in Savannah, Brunswick and Dublin, Georgia, markets. The company’s Savannah Business Journal and Coastal Family Magazine were formerly weekly print news publications which Phelps transformed into pure digital platform publications in 2013, expanding to daily news coverage.

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To learn more about the other speakers, panelist and keynote speaker for the SPJ Reigon 3 Conference & “Freelance Blitz” in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 24, link HERE.

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Questions?? Contact Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region Assistant Regional Director, Conference Coordinator, at sdunten.spjregion3@gmail.com.

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