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Reflections of a First-Time ASJA Conference Attendee

from Ronni Gordon, ASJA

At the daily newspaper where I was an arts and features writer for more than 25 years, the reporter who sat opposite me had taped Anne Lamott’s words, “Bird by Bird,” on the side of her computer terminal.

When I had several stories going on at the same time, and a mess of papers on my desk, I looked at the words and tried to focus on one thing at a time.

Now as a freelancer having attended my first ASJA conference on May 21, it’s more challenging, with the stack of business cards representing editors and writers to contact and story ideas floating around in my head. But it’s also exciting to have a new world opened up to me with opportunities I never knew existed when I was laid off in 2009 from the Springfield (Mass.) Republican and wondered what I would do next. more


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