Annual SPJ Georgia Job Fair also brings opportunities for broadcast freelancers, breakout sessions

ATLANTA, GA. — Want to discover the idea of becoming a freelance journalist? Would you like to meet some editors who hire freelancers? How do you run a freelance business? And how do freelancers handle the stress of working from home and not in a newsroom? Need some tips to revitalize your interviewing skills?

Regional professional freelance journalists will be given an opportunity to refresh or broaden their professional freelance journalism horizons at SPJ Georgia‘s third annual Freelance Job Fair on Saturday, April 27, 1 – 4:30 p.m., at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution headquarters, 219 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta, Ga. 30334.

“If you’d like to meet editors who commission freelance work, pitch stories to them, learn skills to hone your craft and network with other freelancers, the Job Fair is the event for you,” said Stell Simonton, SPJ Georgia board member and co-chair of the Freelance Committee.

The Job Fair agenda will be divided into two ongoing sessions. Firstly, in a “speed-dating” type format, where the freelance journalists will sign up to speak with editors within 10-minute increments. Resumes can be given to editors and story pitches will be made. The editors will evaluate and take notes for possible future hires.

The Job Fair will also give editors new connections if they are on the hunt for new and vibrant freelance talent, said Mark Woolsey, SPJ Georgia Freelance Committee member. He said this Job Fair is for all freelancers no matter what level of experience or freelancers who may be just getting started.

Publications slated to attend the Freelance Job Fair include Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Public Broadcasting, The Bitter Southerner, WebMD, Atlanta INtown and Reporter Newspapers, , Georgia Voice, Game & Fish, the Atlanta Jewish Times, Cobb County Courier, West Georgia Living, Jezebel, Boom Athens Magazine, AIB Magazine and Modern Luxury Weddings Atlanta.

Pam Dorsett, SPJ Georgia treasurer and co-chair of the Freelance Committee, said that this year there will be editors participating will also come from the broadcast industry.

Secondly, 50-minute break out sessions will run concurrently throughout the Job Fair:

The Business of Freelancing: Dr. Keith Herndon, He is the
William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management; Director, James M. Cox Jr. Institute and Professor of Practice in Journalism, Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia

Working in Mindfulness and Movement Into Your Freelance Job: Avril Loy James, MPH, Mindfulness Instructor at Piedmont Healthcare

The Art of Interviewing: Eric Stirgus, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporter. Need some new tips on gathering information for a news article? How about how to focus on an individual for great profile piece?

The Freelance Job Fair will have a break where snacks will be available and a time to network. The food has been donated by Rajan Mitsry, owner of District Event & Catering, Stone Mountain, Ga.  And a raffle will close out the event.

The cost of the SPJ Georgia Job Fair is $20.

Freelancers register here.

Questions? Contact Stell Simonton at or Pam Dorsett at staff report

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