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Author Archives: Ellen Eldridge

About Ellen Eldridge

As a journalist, marketer and mommy, I enjoy growing things: brands, businesses and babies. Also been known to kill a few darlings. Red pen for hire.

An open letter to the class of 1996

          When I talk about my high school experience, I usually start by saying, “I was the homecoming queen.” But those who know me now don’t get the inside joke – that I was the anti-queen at the dance, dressed in a black gown with a beaded Cleopatra style silver wig … Continue reading »

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Music is my acid test for friendship

When I was in sixth grade, my attempts at making friends involved sitting next to strangers at long brown lunch tables and asking for people’s phone numbers. Don’t be surprised to learn that by the time I was in eighth grade I had changed schools and hung my head under dyed-black hair and long black … Continue reading »

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Slapping wrists of those who write the news: journalists discuss First Amendment violations in Atlanta

  By Ellen Eldridge, President-Elect, SPJ Georgia     Atlanta, Georgia – John Ruch said he thought someone was being a jerk by waving a hand in front of his cell phone as he tried to take a picture of a protester’s arrest Nov. 26. The Creative Loafing freelance reporter said he had a great … Continue reading »

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Will Write for Koretzky

  If proper nouns were allowed in Scrabble, Koretzky would be a high-value name.  But we’re not playing Scrabble. We’re writers, and without Michael Koretzky, region 3 director for Society of Professional Journalists, we wouldn’t have programs like Will Write For Food. Also, I wouldn’t have made it home on Labor Day.   A whirlwind … Continue reading »

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Why I want to be SPJ’s student representative in 2014

Why I want to be SPJ’s student representative in 2014     I added my name to the longest list of names competing for one of two student representatives for Society of Professional Journalists because I want to help pioneer the field of journalism in the digital age.   Social Media Many journalists who have … Continue reading »

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Effects on social media and what you can learn in 30 days of blogging

This is day 30 of my 30-day blog challenge! Read day 29: “Staying creative as a maker” The baseline of a 30-day blog challenge   I started this 30-day spurt as a self-challenge, inspired by my friend Sara Crawford. I wanted to further experiment with how often a brand, business or individual should post for … Continue reading »

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Staying creative as a writer, musician or maker

This is day 29 of 30-day blog challenge. Read day 28: “This is the day I fail”   Bob weir is best known for playing guitar in The Grateful Dead (and Ratdog as I mentioned in my blog about proposing), but he also makes hot sauce. Maynard James Keenan may be best known as the … Continue reading »

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This is the day I fail

This is day 28 of 30-day blog challenge. Read day 27: “3 songs to propose to this year”   I hate to admit that I’m not perfect, and I’ve written about the problem of perfectionism previously. If I know anything, finishing what you start is crucial. But, artists and writers shouldn’t strive for complete perfectionism. … Continue reading »

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3 songs to propose to this year in Atlanta

This is day 27 of 30-day blog challenge. Read day 26: “I used to rant like fruit gone rotten”     I live north of Atlanta, but a few artists I love are touring. I saw something on Facebook where a fan proposed to his girlfriend at a concert, and, as my own five-year anniversary … Continue reading »

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I used to rant like fruit gone rotten

This is day 26 of 30-day blog challenge. Read day 26: “Where does creativity come from”   Many people don’t know I published a book of poetry. Fewer care, I’m sure. But, because I have way too much to do to write a blog tonight, I’ll share. The best reason to consider buying a copy … Continue reading »

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