A freelance journalist’s week

I have been a freelancer since 2004, 2,000 stories later, I am still trudging along. It is a life my wife and agreed upon. Fortunately, she has a good job – and she knew she was marrying an artist and a writer… I do not have to eat at soup kitchens, but I keep a list at the ready. In the end, I would not have it any other way. I love my life. I love to write. Thanks for writing this story. The glass is always half-full and every sentence ends with a semi-colon at the ready.


By Caitlin Kelly

carr service01The New York Times newsroom

If you’ve never tried working freelance — i.e. no job, no salary, no paid sick or vacation days — it can look cool.


I’ve been doing it since 2006 (and for periods before then as well), and enjoy it.

It’s rarely dull.

Here’s some of what this week has been like:

I pitched a story to The New York Times, realizing, two weeks after returning from an overheated, often non air conditioned Europe, that it’s an uncomfortable, even dangerous, situation for travelers and hotel owners.

And one only likely to worsen with climate change.

I’ve been writing for the Times since 1990, and had previously written for that specific editor, so he quickly replied to my emailed pitch — but I had barely four days in which to find all my sources, interview them and write the story.

Thanks to…

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