Connie S
Writer #57796
Joined 4/22/2021
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638 Projects
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Connie has a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. Since then, she has worked as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, among others. She's been a freelance reporter for the last 15 years.

She has covered state and local government, the entertainment industry, the business of retail, health and healthcare, mental health, parenting, lifestyle, personal finance and the world of college admissions.
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Specialties

Her specialties are research, interviewing and writing.

* Research: She will not rest until I feel there are no holes left in her understanding of a subject. She is comfortable with sources ranging from social media to Google search results to scholarly articles to actual books and reports. She thinks it's fun to scour data to see if it supports or refutes her (or others') conclusions.

* Interviewing: Over the years, she has learned to listen not just to what a person says, but what they are trying to say. Sometimes, allowing them to say all that's in their head requires her to be flexible. To that end, she prepares for each interview by researching her subject and writing out questions in advance. But once the interview begins, she allows for serendipity. The key, she finds, is to direct the interview while permitting it to wander sideways if need be. You never know what someone will say if you don't give them the space to say it.

* Writing: Writing is her craft, and her joy. She hopes her writing is so smooth, goes down so easy, that you forget it's there. Ideally, it disappears behind the concept, message or story she is trying to convey.

Interests

She became a journalist because she found everything interesting, and didn't want to limit herself. That remains true. She has yet to be bored by any subject she digs into deeply. That said, if she had to pick, she's probably most interested in women's issues, wellness, mental health, personal finance and financial health, and the environment.

Parenting

25 Projects Completed

She writes about parenting for the New York Times Well Family section, among others. Lately, she's been writing about teens, college admissions and mental health.

Business

6 Projects Completed

She has written numerous articles about small business, especially as it relates to credit and credit cards.

Auto

1 Projects Completed

She wrote the copy for and helped refashion a website for a family owned business that manufactures engine parts for street and racing cars.

CBD/Cannabis

1 Projects Completed

She wrote an article for CreditCards.com about how the cannabis industry is a cash-only industry, why that is, and how it might change.

Article

500 Projects Completed

She has written hundreds -- probably, more like thousands -- of articles, on many, many subjects.

Bio/Profile

100 Projects Completed

She has written numerous profiles of people, from USC professors and alumni to business people, artists and politicians. It is one of her favorite kinds of things to write. She likes to paint a picture of someone with her words.

Other

5 Projects Completed

Try her! She is curious and open to new experiences and opportunities.

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