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Journalistic Integrity

As writers and journalists, we have an obligation to tell the story: accurately, completely and truthfully. Good writers don't have to embellish to make a story gripping. By being truthful and accurate in our reporting, the words tell the story. To do otherwise means we're no better than Fox News and The National Enquirer. We…
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An Ode to Willis and His Sneakers

This ode to Willis and his sneakers is meant to be one part humor, two parts seriousness. I have a first cousin named Nicole. She is the daughter of Tom and Kathie in upstate New York. Her great-grandmother (and Tom's grandmother) and my paternal grandmother were sisters.  Nicole's life partner, Willis, is someone I've not met…
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Puerto Rico Joins Four U.S. States, Restricting Abortion Rights

Is Puerto Rico quietly trying to restrict abortion, joining eight U.S. states doing an end run around Roe v. Wade? I'm not sure how this got passed me. And further, why isn't this being reported in U.S. mainstream media? Only seven days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Senate introduced restrictions on…
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Ask Sarah: Portfolio vs Resume

In this week's Ask Sarah, I'm going to talk about your portfolio and resume: two integral pieces of being a freelance writer. In my opinion, one of the most crucial aspects of freelancing is promotion. What good is being an expert in your field and/or being a great writer if you have no way of…
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Rate Shaming

As long as I have been freelancing as a writer (since September 2009) I have encountered writers who feel it's important to offer unsolicited advice about rates. The problem is it rarely comes off as advice but more like judgment and disapproval. In the industry we call it rate shaming. Fewer things irk the shit…
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Weedmaps Article

This was supposed to be a reported piece about cannabis consumers who had previously been reluctant to try cannabis. I was never supposed to be the main focus of the article. I honestly don't believe my story is so compelling.  From the outside, Sarah Ratliff's family seemed to live the ideal life. I never said…
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