Speaker List

Topic: How to start your freelance writing career

Ana SantosAna Santos | Freelance Writer

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Ana P. Santos is an independent journalist whose work focuses on reproductive and sexual health, gender, migration, population and development. She’s a recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Persephone Miel Fellowship, as well as Pulitzer Center grants to report on HIV in the Philippines and Denmark’s au pair cultural exchange program. Her HIV stories are now part of the e-book, “To End AIDS”. Santos has á bi-weekly sex and gender column in Rappler called DASH of SAS, á spinoff of her blog, sexandsensibilities.com. She is based in Manila, Philippines.


Topic: Editor-Writer Relationship: How to pitch effectively, what questions to ask and how to maintain momentum

Christiana LillyChristiana Lilly | Writer

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Christiana Lilly is an award-winning journalist, a web poster for Newsmax Media, and a freelance writer. She has covered politics, LGBT issues, lifestyle, and the environment. Before taking on freelancing, she was the assistant editor at HuffPost Miami and a city reporter for the Sun Sentinel’s subsidiary, Forum Publishing Group. Lilly is also the vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida. Some of her proudest work includes interviewing survivors of conversion therapy, the practice of “praying the gay away,” as well as traveling to Nairobi, Kenya to cover the country’s largest burn of seized ivory from poachers. She is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Topic: Project Flow and Time Management

Emily ClingmanEmily Clingman | Business Reporter and Business Consultant

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After two decades of fast-paced, deadline-driven reporting, Emily Clingman – looking to take a break from the newsroom grind – combined her passion for journalism and her background in business development to start a business of her own. Clingman is a freelance journalist based in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Clingman writes about contemporary business ideas and trends for magazines, as well as community news for small-town weekly newspapers along Colorado’s Front Range. Additionally, Clingman helps small businesses develop their brands through visual and written storytelling.

Due to extenuating circumstances, we regret to inform that Emily Clingman is no longer able to present. Thank you for your understanding.


Topic: Negotiating Contracts: How to make it work for you

Caitlin KellyCaitlin Kelly | Writer

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Caitlin Kelly is a writer in Tarrytown, NY. She teaches writing at the New York School of Interior Design and coaches fellow non-fiction writers worldwide. In addition to The New York Times — a publication she’s contributed to since 1990 — Kelly’s work has been seen in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and Marie-Claire, among others. She’s also an award-winning author of multiple books, including, “A Clear-Eyed Accountant,” which was nominated for the Sidney Hillman Award that honors journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. Her blog, broadsideblog.wordpress.com, has more than 16,000 readers worldwide.


Topic: Eight Things to Know About Contracts and Copyrights

Alicia CalzadaAlicia Wagner Calzada, Esq. | Attorney for the National Press Photographers Association

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Alicia Calzada is a National Press Photographers Association attorney and former president. She is also the founder and chair of its advocacy committee. As an associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group of Haynes and Boone, LLP., she has experience in general litigation with an emphasis on matters involving defamation, First Amendment, social media counseling and intellectual property matters pertaining to copyright and trademark infringement claims. Prior to becoming an attorney, Calzada was a photojournalist for more than 20 years. In 2013, the NPPA Board of Directors introduced the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award recognizing individuals that have supported advocacy work in First Amendment freedoms.


Topic: The Freelancer Editorial Calendar: Staying ahead of the deadline

Mariko LochridgeMariko Lochridge | International Video Journalist

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Mariko Lochridge is a Japanese-American videographer splitting her time between Tokyo and LA. She’s worked in Japan, India, Kosovo, Panama, Colombia and the U.S. She tells the stories of up-and-coming musicians, Tokyo fashion leaders, anti-nuclear protesters and the “disappearing ” children of Fukushima. Lochridge has five years of experience as a video journalist for Reuters Television in their Tokyo and LA bureaus, and one year experience with Japanese national broadcaster Nippon TV. She produces news pieces for clients such as Reuters, AFP and AJ+. Former Tokyo party girl turned international fixer, you can also find her working as a production manager, camerawoman, editor and translator on television programming, webisode series and documentaries.


Topic: Working internationally: Getting Started

Alice DriverDr. Alice Driver | Journalist

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Dr. Alice Driver is a bilingual photojournalist based in Mexico City. Driver is a 2017 Images and Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellow and a 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow. Driver also received support to attend Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices 2017 media and leadership training program and RISC Training to support journalists who work in conflict zones. She is the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico. Her longform writing and documentary photography have been featured in The New York Times, Oxford American, National Geographic, The World Policy Journal, The Guardian, The Texas Observer, Al Jazeera English, Pacific Standard and Ms. Magazine.


Topic: Setting Up a Freelance Business: Organization, Finance, and Contracts

Alex LancialAlex Lancial | Co-founder and Managing Director, Scale Storytelling

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Alex Lancial is an award-winning documentarian with a passion for visual storytelling and in-depth journalism projects. She grew up in Southern California and graduated in 2014 from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Mass Communication. Before moving to the Phoenix area, she produced video journalism for The Boston Globe, where she won an Emmy Award for editing on a story about sexual assault survivors. She recently co-founded Scale Storytelling, a visual storytelling production company focused on nonprofits and organizations committed to social good. Her work has appeared on HBO, The Boston Globe, Center for Public Integrity and The Today Show, among others.