Houston SPJ and Sam Houston State SPJ Present Freelancing Program Nov. 8

On Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Central, Houston Pro and SHSU campus chapters will present “Is the Freelance Life for Me?” Whether you’re a student, early career journalist, or a pro looking to transition out of the newsroom, this panel discussion will provide the nuts and bolts of getting started, finding topics, successful pitching, and how to handle the business side of going out on your own.  The program is co-hosted by the Houston pro chapter and the Sam Houston State University campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Registration is required; go to https://houston-spj-freelance-life.eventbrite.com to sign up.

Speaker Meira Gebel: Meira Gebel is a freelance writer based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes about anything and everything — from business and technology to arts and culture. Meira is a graduate of San Francisco State University and Columbia Journalism School, where she focused her reporting on the intersection of criminal justice and healthcare. She’s held positions in newsrooms across the country, from the Detroit Free Press and the Beaumont Enterprise, to the San Francisco Business Times and Business Insider. Her work has been featured in Digital Trends, Insider, DAME Magazine, The Independent Worker, PetaPixel, Willamette Week, USA Today and more. 

Speaker Hazel Becker: Hazel Becker is a retired journalist whose 50-year career centered on writing, editing and developing publications with niche audiences. She freelanced for the first and last decades as book-ends to nearly 30 years of employment with BNA, a D.C. publishing company that now is part of Bloomberg LLP. As a freelancer she edited and wrote for business-to-business publishers, community newspapers, magazines, websites, and specialty publications made to the client’s specifications. In retirement she remains an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and is a founding member and former chair of SPJ’s Freelance Community.

The panel will also include a freelance videographer and an editor, more info to come.

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