Biography

Lynne Brandon is a freelance journalist, researcher and reporter with 10 years experience that includes her work as an editor and in corporate communications.

It all began while staring out a law office window. Life as a paralegal was not cutting it. Reading an advertisement soliciting freelance writers sparked an inner hotspot and she thought, “I could do that.” She wrote the review, and she’s been writing ever since.

Upon completion of her portfolio, she accepted a position with a manufacturing company in NC as the Corporate Communications Editor, enabling Lynne to further hone her writing skills and delve into the editorial process. While simultaneously serving as Corporate Editor for both the employees’ magazine and the online e-zine letter, Lynne was the lead instructor for several professional development courses, including Franklin Covey’s Writing Advantage. In 2004, when an editor position at a regional business publication became available, Lynne was perfectly positioned for it.

As editor, Lynne developed story ideas, wrote feature and cover articles, managed the editorial calendar, and all editorial duties. She sourced all freelance writers and photographers for each story. Additionally, she had many opportunities to work with people, as she was also charged with networking and public relations; this was a tremendous “perk” to her many responsibilities, as she met and interviewed both local and national “movers and shakers.”

Lynne’s vast interests led her earning her MA in Liberal Studies while working as editor, fueling her curiosity about continual learning. “It exposed me to ‘big picture’ thinking. Personally, I think it is a great degree for an editor or writer, as it shows a willingness to ‘test the waters’, and to think freely. ”

Lynne Brandon is a freelance journalist, researcher and reporter with 10 years experience that includes her work as an editor and in corporate communications.

Downsized in 2006, Lynne elected to strike out on her own and take her freelance business, Brandon Communications, to a higher level by developing a user-friendly Web site for maximum exposure.

Looking back, Lynne wonders what might have happened if she had an undergraduate degree in English or Journalism, rather than Clothing and Textiles. Most likely she’d be doing exactly what she’s doing now. She may have taken the “long road” to a career in writing, but, as she says, “it found me, eventually.”

 

 

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