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Release Date: 10.19.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Leff & Associates

"4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with Freelance Writer Adina Solomon

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 Adina Solomon, an Atlanta-based freelance journalist. She writes about a range of topics -- everything from business to culture to real estate to transportation and beyond. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic's CityLab and other outlets both in Atlanta and nationally.

Before freelancing, Adina worked as an editor at trade publications in aviation and hospitality. In between, she taught English to high school students in France. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree and a French minor.

What kind of story makes you proud to be a journalist?
At its best, journalism gives a voice to the voiceless and holds powerful entities accountable, whether that's government, companies, or society. Many times, those two missions work together. And there are great stories every day that bring little-known ideas and people to light or explain something that's happening. All of those goals are worthwhile for journalists.

What’s new and different about what you’re doing?
After thinking about it since college, I started freelancing on a full-time basis in March. I already knew how to report and write, though everyone always has more to learn, but I had to get used to running a business. That includes keeping track of income and expenses, paying quarterly taxes, promoting myself, and continuing education with classes and webinars.


What is the best and worst thing about your job?
I love that I'm paid to learn and tell stories. You end up learning topics that you never even thought about. The other day, I delved deep into the history of embalming. (Fun Fact: It became popular during the Civil War to transport soldiers' bodies.) I can find something intriguing in just about any topic!

My least favorite aspect of freelancing is the uncertainty. Just because I make a certain amount of money this month doesn't mean I'll make that next month. But it also feels exciting because I fight for every dollar I earn. I pursue leads, talk with editors, and research pitches. When I get a check (yes, most places still mail paper checks), I feel a sense of accomplishment.

What’s the coolest thing people should know about you?
The last time I moved apartments, it was broadcast on NBC Nightly News. I wrote a story for The Washington Post about why buying isn't a sure investment, incorporating my own experience looking at houses for sale. NBC read the story and contacted me to talk. A news crew came to our apartment as we packed boxes to move, and the rest is broadcast history.

About You

Last Book Read: "The Lover" by Marguerite Duras (in the original French)
Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: I can't choose one, but I always enjoy Rumi's Kitchen.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Getting a baguette from Café Vendôme. They're just like the ones I ate in France.
Local Getaway: Cloudland Canyon
Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Cooking, baking, and anything food-related. I recently made yeast doughnuts from scratch for the first time, which was definitely a project. When I travel (which ties for my other favorite non-work hobby), I love to check out the local cuisine. My next trip is to Sedona, Arizona, and in between hiking, I'm ready for some Southwestern food.
Twitter: @adinars
Website: adinasolomon.com

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Mitch Leff

Company: Leff & Associates

Phone: 4048614769

Cell: 4048614769

E-mail: mitch@leffassociates.com