In September of 2008, I began editing the Higher Education supplement for Metro Philadelphia, a newspaper distributed free to commuters and read by more than 300,000 people a day. The section was weekly in the fall of 2008 then went to monthly in January 2009. Each month had an overall theme (ranging from MBA programs to green majors, financial aid to two-year programs), and I developed individual stories, emphasizing the local connection, around that theme.
In August of 2010, I was approached about becoming a full-time staffer for the company that owns Metro. I started with them full-time in September in a dual role: writing on education for the newspapers and content manager for an associated start-up website, EducationOption.com. I continued in those roles through June of 2011, at which time the projects were rebudgeted and reorganized. I continue to write for them on a freelance basis, including weekly news stories and features on local colleges and universities (January 2012 – January 2013) and occasional stories in careers, lifestyle, and entertainment (July 2011 – present).
While full-time, I wrote weekly features and news pieces for the Metro print editions in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston; continued to write the monthly higher education section for Philadelphia; and blogged on the Metro website two or three times a week.
Typical print stories include Temple students looking at technology dependence; mini-interviews with New York area professors who made the top 20 at RateMyProfessor.com; a look at high textbook prices; and results of observations of what students are doing with their laptops in class.
EducationOption.com is a website for nontraditional students thinking about career training, degree completion, and graduate degrees. I oversaw the populating of a 1,000-school database and was responsible for narrative material for the rest of the site. Prior to launch, this included writing the FAQs; after launch I posted new material three to five times a week.
This material included informational pieces, news, and blog posts. Typical pieces include: