I love the written word. I have been writing professionally for over 15 years and freelancing full time for the last four. In 2010 I formed Mindy Long Freelance LLC. As a journalist, I’ve written about everything from video games to diesel fuel additives. I have over 15 years of writing experience, and I am confident in my ability to quickly master nearly any subject.
Although my stories vary widely, my approach to each is the same — conduct more research than is necessary, cover all sides of the story and write succinctly. I am able to delve into complicated subjects and present easily understood stories my audiences enjoy reading.
I hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In addition, I’ve completed writing courses at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md., and through the OpEd Project, Writer’s Digest and mediabistro.com. I am a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council.
I am also a wife and the mother to two little ones—a five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. When I am not tackling a project for a client or chasing my kids around, I spend my free time reading, writing (for fun) and experimenting in the kitchen. I am a member of the Northwestern Alumni Admission Council, and my husband and son are turning me into a hockey fan.
About My Business
As a freelancer, I write feature articles, news stories, marketing collateral and more. Click here to learn more about my services. No matter what the piece, I am able to delve into complicated subjects and present easily understood stories my audiences enjoy reading.
After writing, working with sources is my favorite part of freelancing. I believe that thorough interviewing generates engaging stories. No matter the topic, I persevere until I find the right sources and varied viewpoints that make the story complete. Whether it is eating lunch with inmates at the Utah State Prison, interviewing actors at the Sundance Film Festival or talking with legislators in the Capitol, I am able to connect with my sources and learn from their experiences.
Before launching a full-time freelance career, I edited Stop Watch, a bi-monthly trade publication for a national trade association, where I wrote extensively about transportation and fuel issues. Prior to that I worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. I continue to freelance for both publications.
In addition to covering the transportation sector, I have written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. I was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington, D.C.