Freelance Services

Data Consulting

Harness the power of data-driven journalism to elevate your newsroom’s investigative acumen, enterprise insights, visual interest and workflow efficiency. Niles Media data services include special projects, support for beat reporting and capacity building.

Freelance Reporting

Niles Media owner Hilary Niles specializes in uncovering hidden stories, choosing the best medium to tell them, and explaining complexities simply. Hilary practices both investigative and solutions journalism to examine society's challenges and opportunities.

Journalism Research

Understanding what advances press freedom is as essential as understanding its challenges. Hilary Niles' freedom of information advocacy includes research into the conditions of “ripeness” for both strengthening and rolling back this essential human right.
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Description of Services

Portfolio: Data Journalism

Presidential Conflicts of Interest

1144 and counting: This ongoing project with the Sunlight Foundation takes a data-driven approach to building and maintaining a comprehensive inventory of the Trump Family’s conflicts of interest in the White House.

Mapping Education Reform in Vermont

This real-time map shows the current status of 250+ school districts undergoing consolidation.

Vermont’s Lake Champlain Cleanup Plan, Explained

435 square miles of lake, 630 metric tons of phosphorus and one controversial plan to clean it up.

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Portfolio: Public Radio

Motorcycle Tour Of Vermont Takes Investors To Local Entrepreneurs

Hear the stories behind the business pitches that 60 motorcycle-riding investors will field in a five-day, 10-stop tour of Vermont. (Vermont Public Radio)

Barriers to Public Records Thwart Civic Engagement

Citizens find little consistency among agencies that control access to public records in Vermont. (VPR)

Ongoing Investigation of EB-5 Fraud Charges at Jay Peak

$350 million, 700 investors, dozens of state and federal charges, and untold answers still to track down. (Vermont Public Radio, NPR, Boston Globe)

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Portfolio: Print and Web

Head out on the highway, looking for investments

Don’t think “Shark Tank.” This two-wheeling pitch contest is more like a “dolphin tank.” (Boston Globe)

Red Flags Preceded Fraud Allegations at Jay Peak

Vermont joins SEC fraud charges against a business it did little to oversee. (Boston Globe)

Traffic-Stop Race Data Remain Elusive in Vermont

Vermont police must record the race of every driver they pull over. So, where’s the data? (Seven Days)

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Journalism Blog

Donning the Boss Hat

Autonomy is part of the appeal of freelancing. We may or may not work in our pajamas, or from a lawn chair in the backyard. We’re our own bosses. But sometimes, that means bossing yourself around.

You Can, Sometimes, Get What You Want

“Unless you know exactly what you want, you’re sure not to get it.” I could attempt to diagram that sentence. Instead, I’ll explain how this nugget of advice became a cornerstone of my freelance business — and how it can help yours, too.

Freelancing Through Upheaval

Independent journalists work in a constant state of upheaval: We work without roots, often alone. Rewards abound for the risks we take. Yet freelancing through the current upheaval amid Pres. Donald Trump’s transition to the White House has thrown many for a loop.

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About Hilary

Before graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism and training with Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalism was my hobby. It started through my work as founding program director of Portsmouth Community Radio in New Hampshire. I previously worked as a marketing consultant for artists, nonprofits and small businesses, and as a bartender and farmer.