Release Date: 06.09.2016 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Freelance writer Mickey Goodman
"4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with Freelance Writer Mickey Goodman
Leff's Atlanta Media's Weekly Feature Conversation with an Atlanta Journalist
Each week, in partnership with Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), Atlanta Daybook presents our "Journalist Spotlight." Mitch Leff offers a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market, asking them four questions that'll help you learn more about local Atlanta media. What makes them tick? What's new at their media outlet? What drives them?
This week we’re talking with freelance writer Mickey Goodman, who wears many hats. This award-winning content creator has carved out niches in travel and medical writing, helped expose sex trafficking in the Bible Belt, and co-authored a memoir with a Holocaust survivor. Along the way she’s written for People, Southern Living, Huffington Post, and Thompson Reuters. In addition to her freelance work, she’s the SE president of the American Society of Journalists & Authors.
What kind of story makes you proud to be a journalist?
#1: Helping 95-years-young Holocaust survivor, Eva Friedlander, write her memoir, "Nine Lives of a Marriage – A Curious Journey." As a result, two documentaries based on the book have been produced by Jewish organizations, and she has talked with hundreds of groups ranging from school children to senior citizens at churches, synagogues, civic associations and military bases.
#2: A series of articles focusing on the underage sex trade and trafficking of American girls in our fair city. At the time, Atlanta was No. 1 in the nation. The story broke in Atlanta magazine and I followed with articles for Reuters that were picked up all over the world. Atlanta remains a top city for the underage sex trade, but due to press coverage, there is much more focus on helping teens survive the aftermath.
What’s new and exciting about what you’re doing?
I’ve never aspired to writing the “Great American Novel” or a book of any kind. But ... I accidentally tripped into ghosting memoirs for outstanding entrepreneurs. My second book will be published by a Canadian press in 2017, and the third is in the editing process. I’m wide open for the next gig (hint, hint). I also write the Local Salute column for Simply Buckhead to shine a spotlight on under-the-radar people making a difference in the community. It's totally joyful job!
What is the best and worst thing about your job?
Best: Great editors and meeting people who never cease to amaze me with their talents.
Worst: Publications that ask you to write for “the exposure.” Exposure doesn’t pay the bills! #2 pet peeve: Collecting from publications that “pay on publication” – often months down the road.
What’s the coolest thing people should know about you?
I’m a very uncool person, but love being around cool people, hoping to pick up their vibes.
- Last Books Read: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr and “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.
- Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: You can’t go wrong with any of the Buckhead Life group eateries.
- Favorite Guilty Pleasure: HGTV; lunching with friends.
- Local Getaway: The Golden Isles (Okay, not so local, but always sublime).
- Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Taking watercolor lessons with Dutch artist, Greta Schelke and a great bunch of “regulars” who have been together for years. I love every minute!
- Twitter: @mickeygoodman
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