About AAJA Freelance
More and more journalists are becoming freelancers as full-time staff jobs dwindle. The goal of AAJA Freelance is to support the growing number of AAJA members who are freelancers or are considering a move to freelancing. That includes understanding the business side of freelancing, becoming an entrepreneur, networking and connecting with editors and publications, among other issues.
Co-Director Erin Chan Ding
Erin is a freelance journalist who writes and produces stories for newspapers, websites and magazines. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, Chicago magazine, Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Time Out Chicago magazine, The Huffington Post, AOL City’s Best, the Los Angeles Times, West Suburban Living magazine and the Miami Herald. She also writes speeches and stories for nonprofit organizations and has edited and fact-checked travel books. Erin is a past board member of AAJA-Chicago and AAJA-Michigan and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She graduated in 2003 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Charley, and two kiddos, Chandler and Callie.
Co-Director Ellen Lee
Ellen is a business and technology reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Working Mother, Family Circle, CNBC.com and other local and national publications. A longtime member of AAJA, Ellen has served as a national board member and chapter president, among other roles.