Writer's Network

Writer's Network

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. Check out the services our members provide - and then select an individual to help with your communications needs.

Rita Brhel

Services: Writing, photography, editing, page design; includes newsletters, e-newsletters, press releases, brochures, and websites, as well as writing/photography/editing for newspapers and magazines, and editing book manuscripts and research papers.

Experience: Currently -- Publications director/ magazine editor for Attachment Parenting International; executive director for Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers; freelance writer/editor for nonprofit organizations, newspapers/ magazines, and authors.
Previously -- Farm editor/ news reporter for various newspapers in NE and SD; communications specialist for various nonprofit organizations and agencies in NE.

Geographic Areas Covered: Virtual from home office, or travel restricted to south-central and eastern Nebraska

Contact Information:
112 N. Calvert St.
Sutton, NE 68979
Phone: 402-841-8734
E-mail: rita.brhel@gmail.com 

Doreen Pfost

Services: Freelance writing: Nature and conservation; personal and business profiles. Commercial writing: marketing communications and business plans. Freelance copy editing.

Experience: Ten years freelance experience. Twelve years employment in financial services industry and consulting. MBA.

Geographic Areas Covered: South-central Nebraska, southern Wisconsin. Travel to other areas negotiable.

Contact Information:
3514 Linden Drive
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: 308-708-0776
E-mail: doreenpfost@yahoo.com

Jennifer Chick

Services: Writing - features, agriculture, youth, personal columns

Experience: Reporter for Western Nebraska Observer, Kimball, Neb.; education reporter for Garden City (Kan.)Telegram; managing editor for Flagler (Colo.) News; currently regional correspondent for Kearney (Neb.) Hub; contributor to Nebraska Rural Living and to Phelps County Business Journal, Holdrege, Neb.

Geographic Areas Covered: Central Nebraska, Northeastern Colorado, Western Kansas.

Contact Information:
1302 14th Ave.
Holdrege, NE 68949
Phone: 308-995-8819
E-mail: tjchick@q.com  

Mary Pierce

Services: Writing: news, features, spot. Photography: News, feature, spot.
Editing: AP style.

Experience: Ten years newspaper writing, photography, and editing.

Geographic Areas Covered: Western Nebraska, though willing to travel.

Contact Information:
625 E. J Street
Ogallala, NE 69153
Phone: 308-284-6423
E-mail: mpierce@ogallalakcnews.com  

Lori Clinch

Services: Writing

Experience: Five years of writing a weekly column at the North Platte Telegraph. Published weekly in 13 newspapers in New Jersey with Greater Media Publications for three of those five years, and several years in the Kearney Hub. I’ve also written two books, “Are We There Yet?” and “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!”

Geographic Areas Covered: West central Nebraska and New Jersey area.

Contact Information:
10641 South Old Highway 83
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-532-2745
E-mail: clinch@atcjet.net

Lori Potter

Services: Writing, photography, editing: Features on almost any topic; weeky columns.
Specialty: News on agriculture and natural resources.

Experience: 30 years; full-time daily newspaper journalist, including the past two decades at the Kearney Hub.

Geographic Areas Covered: South-central Nebraska, generally Franklin, Harlan, Gosper, Phelps, Kearney, Dawson, Custer, and Sherman counties.

Contact Information:
4437 Parkwood Lane
Kearney, NE 68845
Phone: 308-234-5974 (H)
308-233-9730 (W)
e-mail: lori.potter@kearneyhub.com

Edie Humiston

Services: Writer/Photographer. History, Health, Car Care, Craft, Home Decorating, How-to-do, Business, Consumer Issues, and articles for children.

Experience: The Grand Island Daily Independent; Trade West; Boy’s Quest

Geographic Areas Covered: Hall County and surrounding area of Nebraska

Contact Information:
3007 Westside St.
Grand Island, NE 68803
Phone: 308-384-6823
Cell: 308-850-7064
E-mail: edieeh@charter.net  

Jan Treffer Thompson

Services: Writing: features, news, essays.

Experience: Fourteen years newspaper reporting, including photography. Freelance newspaper and magazine features.

Geographic Areas Covered: Central and north-central Nebraska.

Contact Information:
75490 Road 444
Overton, NE 68863
Phone: 308-987-2106
E-mail: thompsonjl@unk.edu  


Stephanie Geery-Zink

Services: Writing, photography, and copy editing.

Experience: Eleven years daily newspaper experience and five years freelance covering hard news and features.

Geographic Areas Covered: Southeast Nebraska (including Lincoln and Omaha). Other assignments by phone.

Contact Information:
7352 S. 29th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: 402-328-9969
E-mail: geeryznk@inebraska.com  

Sherry Thompson

Services: Writing (newspaper and magazine articles, specializing in business publications); newsletters (corporate and non-profit); Web writing (including online newsletter articles); editing; corporate communications; publicity; marketing.

Experience: Freelance writer and editor, with experience working for newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations and businesses. Newsletter writing and design. Corporate communications, including print and Web articles. Marketing pieces.

Areas Covered: Metropolitan Omaha area

Contact Information:
Phone: 402-891-5789
Cell: 402-917-5789
E-mail: sherrythompson@cox.net

Cheryl Alberts Irwin

Services: Write, edit, film photography.

Experience: Fifteen years university communications (ag-oriented); five years daily newspaper (ag and county).

Geographic Areas Covered: Lincoln, Nebraska area (within 20 miles)

Contact Information:
Phone: 402-472-9707
E-mail: calberts1@unl.edu  

Ruth Raymond Thone

Experience: Weekly column for five years in Lincoln Star in 80’s; bi-weekly column for Lincoln JournalStar currently and for at least ten years; commentaries for Nebraska Public Radio for five years. Freelance articles for 15 years for Nebraska Life and Nebraska Magazine, Alumni Association publication; and other publications.

Regular reporter for Lincoln Star 1952-54; reporter for Scottsbluff Star-Herald, summers, 1950-53.

Georgraphic Areas Covered: Nebraska and states where UNL Alumni live.

Contact Information:
3045 Woodsdale Blvd.
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: 402-421-2855
E-mail: ruththone@msn.com  

Lyn J. Messersmith

Services: Personal opinion columns and commentary; poetry; public presentations.

Experience: Twenty years writing columns for local newspapers. Freelance articles for western magazines, such as Range, Nebraska Life, Cowboy Magazine, and American Cowboy. Fifteen years of presentations at Cowboy Poetry gatherings in Canada and Western U.S. Ten years of presenting historical programs and writer’s workshops for Nebraska and South Dakota Humanities Councils. Several books of poetry and non-fiction.

Geographic Areas Covered: Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as various western states.

Contact Information:
4241 269th Trail
Alliance, NE 69301
Phone: 308-762-2583
E-mail: ezrein@bbcwb.net  

Sandi Witkowicz

Services: General interest articles, newsletters and press releases.

Experience: Fourteen years of publicity and newsletter writing for the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. Four years freelance writing.

Geographic Areas Covered: Southeast Nebraska, western Iowa, northwest and central Missouri including Lake of the Ozarks.

Contact Information:
6631 Park Crest
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: 402-488-0452
e-mail: sandiwitkowicz@neb.rr.com  

Barbara A. Micek

Services: Feature writing with photography of subjects.

Experience: Nineteen years of feature writing, photography, layout and editing, including 17 years as a newspaper editor; won awards for NPW, NFPW (2004 national sweepstakes winner); Nebr. Press Assn., Society of Professional Journalists, Jim Raglin awards; published book Listen with the Heart.

Geographic Areas Covered: Nebraska.

Contact Information:
PO Box 203
Fullerton, NE 68638
Phone: 308-550-1044
E-mail: bamicek@hamilton.net  


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