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Hazel Becker

Freelance Journalist

Washington, D.C.

Hazel Becker

I'm an independent journalist in Washington, D.C., where I've lived since 1982. In the 10 years since I retired from BNA Publications (now Bloomberg BNA) I've enjoyed the freedom to cover subjects ranging from personal finance to alternative energy. My mainstays as a freelancer have been writing about insurance and taxes, reporting from specialized data sets, and consulting on new products and processes for publishers and nonprofit organizations.

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Score one for the freelancer! (A cautionary tale...)

This is the story of a freelance journalist who went up against a national publisher and won. The individual facts and circumstances are not uncommon.
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Going Solar: STORAGE OWNERS SEE BENEFITS BEYOND THE ENVIRONMENT

With the cost of electricity going up and the cost of solar equipment going down, some self-storage owners are installing solar systems at their facilities. Solar industry experts expect this trend to pick up steam in the next few years. Non-residential installations of photovoltaic (PV) panels, which turn sunlight into electricity, have grown over the last two years. One factor in this growth has been federal and state incentive programs aimed at encouraging companies to move toward greater use of clean and renewable energy. The upward trend in prices of electricity and fossil fuels has added a financial incentive to the equation.
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Angel Investing: High Risk, Potentially High Return

If you are thinking of becoming an “angel” investor – putting money into early-stage, high-growth companies even before venture capitalists are involved – you have a lot to learn. One way to learn much of what you need to know is to join an angel investment group. In the investment context, angels are people who invest in start-up companies or provide financial resources to entrepreneurs who are looking to start a company. Such investments are extremely high-risk, and to compensate for that risk, they come with the potential for very high returns. Much of the private capital invested this way comes from family or friends of the new business owner. Frequently, people who invest money in their family members’ or friends’ ventures don’t understand the risk they are taking, and they miss out on the opportunity to share business expertise and learn from other members of a group.
Nuwire Investor Link to Story

About

Hazel Becker

I’ve been writing, editing, and developing publications for 40 years, primarily for businesses and non-profits with niche audiences. I’ve worked on publications dealing with tax and accounting, banking and insurance, financial planning and investments, and environmental regulation—just to name a few subjects. I’ve edited and written for business-to-business publishers, community newspapers, magazines, websites, and specialty publications made to the client’s specifications.

As a publication consultant and product developer, I am an astute researcher with a facility for assessing information needs and identifying sources to fill those needs. I help publishers focus on their audience and use my intuitive and responsive interviewing skills to gather information, whether for market studies, prototypes, or established publications.

My specialty as a business writer is to find information that's relevant to my client's niche and then write about it in a way that makes the information accessible to the audience. I use data charts and graphs along with words to make my articles understandable to the client’s audience.

I'm an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2017 I'm chairing SPJ's Freelance Community. I believe independent workers will make up an increasing share of the journalism workforce in the next few years. Freelancing is hard, often lonely work. I'm committed to helping others succeed in the gig economy -- particularly mid-career news people who have been laid off and new reporters who need to figure out how to do their jobs outside of newsroom environments.

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Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Data analysis
  • Feature writing
  • News writing
  • New publication development