As Told To

By Jewel Wicker

Featuring insight into working as a freelance reporter and contextualizing Atlanta.

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#28・

Creations

I talked about my use of Notion to organize both the personal and professional aspects of my life a few issues ago so I figured it would be helpful to show you all a glance at my business homepage. It features links to all of the pages I use for business, a t…

 
#27・

Q2, is that you?

I hadn't taken any time off (outside of sick time) this year, so I gave myself three days off earlier this week and enjoyed a 5-day weekend. I'd like to tell you I went on a hike and cleaned my baseboards like I'd planned to do, but I honestly just stayed in …

 
#26・

(ICYMI) What Had Happened Was...

I've talked in previous issues about how I organize my work as a freelancer, using tools such as Toggl, Google Drive and handwritten to do lists. Previously, I've used Google Sheets to track my pitches, assignments, press hits and branded work each year. This…

 
#25・

What Had Happened Was...

I've talked in previous issues about how I organize my work as a freelancer, using tools such as Toggl, Google Drive and handwritten to do lists. Previously, I've used Google Sheets to track my pitches, assignments, press hits and branded work each year. This…

 
#24・

Here's how you can help build a newsroom that centers Black Atlantans

Hi, friends. I hope y'all were able to enjoy some time with family and friends last week. (And, I hope y'all have thrown your leftovers out by now...I'm so sorry.) I had a pretty chill Thanksgiving that involved spending time playing games and attempting to m…

 
#23・

Thank you, Jovita

I don't really have much to say today, nor do I have any desire to take away from the meaningful words of those who personally and intimately knew and loved Jovita Moore. Mostly, I just want to say thank you to an Atlanta media legend who has been an inspirat…

#22・

"...We Are Broken, Too"

If all the news is breaking all the time, then we are broken, too. - Sam SandersIf the first three years of working as a freelance reporter were about hurling myself at every possible opportunity, this past year has been about stepping back. Stepping into a n…

 
#21・

~Some News~

If you follow me on Twitter, you might already know I announced some major news this morning. Capital B, a non-profit news organization launched by Lauren Williams, former editor-in-chief of Vox, and Akoto Ofori-Atta, former managing editor of The Trace, will…

 
#20・

I think I've said enough online this week...

I sent a couple of tweets criticizing anonymous IG news accounts this week and people acted like they'd lost their entire minds – cussing me out, calling me names and leaving rat emojis under my posts for three days. For the record, I stand by saying these ac…

 
#19・

Stop playing in freelancer's faces

Here's a quick word of advice for any freelance reporters who want to know how to tell if an editor/client is going to be a nightmare to work with. If their call for pitches or initial email features wildly unrealistic expectations for freelancers but doesn't…

 
#18・

Four

As of this month, it has officially been four years since I left the AJC to work as a freelance reporter and figure out if journalism was a career I wanted to continue to pursue. (Spoiler alert: I'm still a journalist and truly couldn't imagine doing anything…

 
#17・

Do we all secretly loathe social media?

I recently told one of my friends that I’m mostly interested in growing my social media following so I can gain more professional opportunities then deactivate my accounts. They thought I was being weird, but I was mostly being serious. I recognize that socia…

 
#16・

On beat reporting

I’ve told this story on social media before but when I was in college, I went to a networking event and mentioned to a prominent broadcast reporter that I wanted to entertainment to be my beat. She offered me a piece of advice that has stuck with me in the ye…

 
#15・

YKTV

Hello from runoff day here in Georgia! Sending a special issue of this newsletter with a few reminders about today:

 
#14・

Year-in-Review

Welcome to As Told To. I’m Jewel Wicker, a freelance entertainment and culture reporter whose work has appeared in Billboard, Atlanta Magazine, Pitchfork, GQ, Teen Vogue, etc. Every other Wednesday, I publish this newsletter, featuring my most recent work (as…

 
#13・

The one major thing I haven't accounted for as a freelancer...

My family is going to be so upset when they read this…

 
#12・

Georgia got something to say

Welcome back to As Told To where Georgia has always been the center of the universe. I took a break from publishing last week because if I, a reporter, needed a break from the influx of things being published, I can only assume you did, too.

 
#11・

The community journalism we've all been craving

I’ve been pretty vocal about the things that are lacking from the publications we have here in Atlanta and how much I miss Creative Loafing. I read the work of Gavin Godfrey, Maurice Garland and Rodney Carmichael in the alt-weekly when I was in college and th…

 
#10・

The power of newspaper archives and cold calls

I don’t love popping up at people’s businesses unannounced or doing cold calls. But, doing so has sometimes helped me produce my favorite stories. (Granted, I cover entertainment so I am rarely surprising people with serious accusations, although I’ve certain…

 
#9・

Thank God for Zendaya.

For the most part, I liked MTV’s new series 16 & Recovering as much as I can like a show about teenagers struggling to navigate the struggles of substance abuse and mental illness. In general, I think it’s hard for most people to understand the implicatio…