Three and a half years ago, I left self-employment to attend graduate school. The one thing I wanted at the end was a job — a regular paycheck.
Now, I’m giving up a regular paycheck to return to my business, Niles Media. And it feels great.
At the close of Friday, Dec. 12, I will be a full-time independent journalist: a data consultant for newsrooms, freelance reporter and researcher.
There’s a lot I will miss about daily state government reporting, and especially a lot I will miss about the scrappy, wonky nonprofit news website VTDigger.org, where I had the honor of working for 18 months. “Digger,” as it’s known in Vermont, is among the most respected news sources in the state for serious reporting on state policy and politics.
At the same time, I’m excited about contributing to journalism and my community in a new capacity.
I’ll be working with newsrooms that want to explore data to find and tell the stories it holds. As a freelancer, I’ll continue to focus on public policy and civic engagement. I’ll push beyond state boundaries to examine policy issues on a regional scale in the Northeast, blending mediums along the way to tell the story of how policies shape our daily lives. And I’ll pick back up my research on freedom of information laws and press freedom around the world.
Here’s to enterprise.
You have what it takes to make it. I’ve met with and worked with dozens of reporters, trade, national, international, state and local, and believe in you.
Thanks, Robin. I appreciate the kind words. I am excited for this next adventure.
Best of luck Hilary. Glad you’re out there doing this work! I think you’ll be interested in my nephew’s initiative called http://www.birdspin.com.
Thanks, Tammi! Birdspin looks really interesting. I’m glad to know about it!
Yes!! Congratulations & best wishes!
Thanks, Angie! I wish we were closer to meet at RagTag to talk public policy, but let’s keep in touch about it — I’ve got some ideas that I’d love your insights on. I hope Mizzou is treating you well.
Hilary. How exciting. Always go for what you want if at all possible. I know you’ll do well.
Thanks so much, Cara! You are an inspiring example of someone who lives as her true self. : )
Good luck, Hilary! Proud of you. Best of luck!
Thanks, Mike! Y’all trained me well. : )
Follow you heart. Good luck, Hilary.
Thanks, Karen! You know a thing or two about that, right? It’s a good way to live.
Great news, Hilary. Keep in touch so we know how you’re doing.
Thanks, Scott. And you bet!
Good Luck Hilary.
Good for you! I hope you consulting business is a great success.
Wish you great success, Hilary!