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Freelancers get one-on-one coaching and best practices

Nearly 40 people took in advice from five coaches who volunteered at the SPJ Western WA pro chapter’s “Freelance Coaching” event Nov. 20.

The coaches — SPJ national president Dana Neuts, local chapter past president and deputy editor of 425 magazine Ethan Chung, Herald Business Journal editor Jim Davis, KUOW Senior Editor Jim Gates and Kristen Millares Young, a former Seattle PI reporter whose work has been featured in The New York Times, the Guardian and TIME Magazine — delivered best practices for the first 45 minutes of the session. They gave candid perspectives on best approaches to pitching, story management tools and negotiating tips.

Then participants lined up behind coaches to chat with them one-on-one for about 10 minutes apiece, in which they were able to pick their brains. They sought career advice, pitched stories and made contacts that hopefully will lead to future work opportunities.

Check out the video above from stellar SPJ volunteer Ashley Stewart to get a taste of what attendees experienced that night.

We’re privileged to bring you events like this, which are free to SPJ members and open to the public for a nominal fee. Look for more professional development sessions through our continuing education series in the spring.

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