Orrin Konheim

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About me: Through approximately a decade, I’ve published professionally in three dozen publications including ESPN, Mental Floss Magazine, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Mental Floss Magazine, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Whether a blond hockey player, a renowned glass harpist, two high schoolers learning to protest alongside their teacher, a choral ensemble that accommodates Alzheimer’s patients, a pupuseria owner who fled El Salvador entirely by foot before the advent of his country’s civil war, Alexandria’s first-ever entrant to the National Spelling Bee, or a Jewish a capella group gone viral, I have specialized in human interest stories that highlight, enlighten, and add color to the communities I report in.

Additionally, I have tackled more serious subjects like the Parkland School Shootings, DACA’s effect on local communities, Maryland’s dissatisfaction with Governor Hogan’s infrastructure plan, the controversy over whether Olympic runners are bypassing military standards, and whether the Smithsonian Festival is upfront about its advertising.

I also contribute articles on film and television and have run a blog (http://sophomorecritic.blogspot.com) on those topics since 2008 which gets between 3,000 and 4,000 views a month
It’s all in a day’s work because I believe there’s no better way I’m capable of contributing to society at the moment than to write news.
Why news is more valuable than you might think: In order to get a sense of how valuable this work is, consider how in areas that lack a local news outlet (known as news deserts, which are growing at an alarmingly fast rate), A UNC study found that people were less likely to be engaged in local politics and vote. A CityLab study found that “Politicos take liberties when it’s nobody’s job to hold them accountable.”

Imagine a Nixon administration without Watergate or all the long-form journalism stories that have covered everything about our current president from his fake charity to the way that climate denial has infiltrated the ranks of the federal government to a great many other government scandals over the years. Even the entertaining news shows such as “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” borrow from the work of hard-working journalists.

But news isn’t free: In an era when people are consuming more news than ever (As The Atlantic writes in this very persuasive article, "The coronavirus pandemic may be global, but the crisis has kept many people glued to local news. Trustworthy, accurate, and local information is now a matter of life and death."), the irony is that the producers of that news no longer have the resources to pay their staff.

The losses in advertising revenue caused by craigslist and google and the economic recessions have been too much of a hit on most local media and current generations of newsreaders expecting such news to be free.

But that's not the better part of our human nature. Think about how we tip a waiter because we recognize the value of their work. If we can do that for someone who goes to the kitchen to get our food, why can't we do that for someone who goes to a war zone to get vital information for us.

There's been talk of government stimulus money but I want to take take my case directly to you and lay out the costs to keeping me in business until the  market someday evens itself out.

What your money would go to: The vast majority of publications I write for will never be able to pay me a living wage with their current economic circumstances (why journalism generally tops the list of least stable and most stressful jobs on the market) so any money on top that I make off these paychecks will make my work that much more worthwhile and make me more likely to take assignments that are needed to bring quality journalism to these communities. With your donation comes guarantees of a minimum number of articles per month or your money back.

As the tiers will show, I am a valuable resource towards helping you promote and teaching others about journalism and can offer advice on writing or simply give you more insight into what it takes to write articles and how being a writer works. There are also other fun options like interviewing you for my YouTube channel or putting you in a short story.

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