Need a Pro? NPW Writer’s Network Can Help

Nebraska Press Women has a talented group of communications professionals available for freelance work in a variety of areas – from writing, editing and photography to public relations, corporate communications and more. Review the services our members provide, their experience, and the geographic areas they are available to cover – and then contact those who can help with your communications needs. All of these members have won multiple state and national awards in NPW’s professional communications contest.

RUTH E. BROWN: Writing, public relations, advertising, social media; some web work, photography and design.
• 15 years as a professional: reporting, writing, editing, photography, design, PR, advertising
• 21 years teaching journalism, PR and advertising.
• Works well by distance.
Email Ruth. Phone 308-325-1111. Lives in Lincoln, NE.

CARLA CHANCE: Writer, photographer, graphic designer, desktop publisher, web/social media administrator, tradeshow/event coordinator.
• Proficient in Word, Quark, Photoshop, PowerPoint, basic skills Illustrator.
• Can cover Omaha/Lincoln metro area.
Email Carla. Phone 402-234-2111. Lives in Cedar Creek, NE.

JILL CLAFLIN: General reporting, writing, editing; press releases; crisis communications; grant writing; communications audits and strategy consulting.
• Veteran newspaper and international nonprofit communications professional.
• Can cover central and western Nebraska and nearby states.
Email Jill. Phone 308-999-9637 or 308-784-5589. Lives in Cozad, NE.

LORI CLINCH:
Lives in North Platte, NE.
Email Lori. Phone 308-532-2745.

MARY PAT FINN-HOAG: Writing, reporting, editing.
• 40+ years writing about agriculture, doing feature stories, proofreading and photography.
• 5+ years doing book editing.
• Can cover area within 100 miles of Norfolk.
Email Mary Pat. Phone 402-371-8807. Lives in Norfolk, NE.

TERRI HAHN: Writing, editing, proofreading, design & layout, with limited photography.
• 25 years of experience at daily newspapers as reporter, feature writer, editor, page designer.
• Can cover eastern and central Nebraska; other areas by phone.
Email Terri. Phone: 402-747-4191. Works in Grand Island; lives in Osceola, NE.

NANCY S. HANSEN: Writing, reporting, some photography.
• 30+ years experience doing research.
• 20+ years doing academic and freelance writing, including for a book and a national sports magazine.
• 3+ years doing some photography and reporting on sports, news and politics.
• Can cover all of Nebraska.
Email Nancy. Phone 402-631-1365. Lives in Fullerton, NE.

KERRY HOFFSCHNEIDER: Word & Deed Communications, LLC: Freelance writing, strategy communications and event consulting.
• 15 years of professional journalism, public relations/event planning and marketing experience.
– Local and national media management and training expertise.
– Developer of high impact local marketing strategies for both niche and non-profit businesses and organizations.
– Skilled in a broad range of writing styles from highly-technical to human interest with a strong focus on rural issues from agricultural production to community development.
Email Kerry.  Phone 402-363-8963.  Lives in Waco, NE

CHERYL ALBERTS IRWIN: Writing, editing, film photography.
• Fifteen years university communications experience (ag-oriented)
• Five years daily newspaper (ag and county) experience
• Can cover Lincoln, Nebraska area (within 20 miles).
Email Cheryl. Phone 402-464-7955. Lives in Lincoln, NE.

HEATHER JOHNSON: Writing, photography, public relations, radio broadcasting, social media marketing.
• 16 years of experience in journalism – assigned and freelance writing, photography, design, PR, broadcasting and social media.
•Three years writing, photographing and designing publications for Chadron State College.
• Five years as a news director/web and social media manager for Eagle Radio.
• Five years as a daily reporter for the North Platte Telegraph.
• Three years as the area communications specialist for Mid-Plains Community College.
Email Heather. Phone 308-660-3637. Lives in North Platte.

BARB MICEK: Feature writing and photography.
• Nineteen years experience feature writing, photography, layout and editing, including 17 years as a newspaper editor
• Published book Listen with the Heart.
• Can cover most of Nebraska.
Email Barb. Phone 308-550-1044. Lives in Fullerton, NE.

MARY PIERCE: News and feature writing and photography; AP-style editing.
Ten years newspaper writing, photography, and editing experience.
• Can cover western Nebraska, but willing to travel.
Email Mary. Phone 308-284-6423. Lives in Ogallala, NE.

LORI POTTER: Writing, photography, editing; specialty: agriculture and natural resources news.
• 36 years daily newspaper experience, including 28 years at the Kearney Hub.
• Can cover south-central Nebraska, generally Franklin, Harlan, Gosper, Phelps, Kearney, Dawson, Custer, and Sherman counties.
Email Lori. Phone 308-234-5974 (H) 308-233-9730 (W). Lives in Kearney, NE.

MARY JANE SKALA: Writing, reporting, editing, public relations.
• 43 years experience writing and editing, including personal columns, speech writing and corporate publications.
• 4 years teaching college journalism classes; have also done ratio/TV interviews.
• Can cover assignments anywhere; Nebraska and eastern Colorado most convenient.
Email Mary Jane. Phone 308-234-1948. Lives in Kearney, NE.

SHERRY THOMPSON: Writing for the web, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, business publications; editing; corporate communications; publicity; marketing; grant writing; communication consulting.
• Extensive experience working for newspapers, magazines, nonprofit organizations and businesses.
• Experienced freelance writer and editor.
• Successful grant writer.
• Can cover metropolitan Omaha area.
Email Sherry. Phone: 402-891-5789 or 402-917-5789. Lives in Omaha, NE.

RUTH RAYMOND THONE: Writing news, features, columns and opinion pieces.
• Years of experience writing weekly and bi-weekly newspaper columns, radio commentaries, newspaper and magazine stories for a variety of state and national media outlets.
• Can cover the Lincoln area.
Email Ruth. Phone 402-421-2855. Lives in Lincoln, NE.