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JD Lara | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: May 25, 2015

JD Lara

Writer, journalist
   Philippines

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $15

Former TV writer-producer with over 8 years of English writing experience in news, current affairs, documentaries, travel and features. Now a country-based, work-from-home mom looking for other avenues to write in. Can't travel, but will write.

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Portfolio

Wrote an article listing the reasons why Maldives is a good dive... for the travel page...
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/6-reasons-to-dive-in-the-maldives/
Wrote an article on the must-see's in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/7-things-to-see-in-tbilisi/
Wrote an article about traveling the Red Center in Australia (Uluru-Kata Tjuta)
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/seeing-red-traveling-the-red-center-of-australia/
Wrote an article on what the Bible says about stewardship of the land
http://http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/08/04/what-the-bible-really-says-about-stewardship-of-the-land/
Wrote an article on the health benefits of pickled/fermented vegetables
http://http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/05/23/pickled-veggies-why-your-health-depends-on-them/
Wrote an article on 10 free things to do in Singapore
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/10-free-things-to-do-in-singapore/
Wrote an article on the top 10 things to do on Boracay Island
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/top-10-things-to-do-on-boracay-island/
Wrote an article about volunTOURism as a burgeoning industry in the adventure travel...
http://youqueen.com/travel/voluntourism-now-you-can-explore-the-world-and-help-save-it-too/http://
wrote about 11 ways to beat boredom on long airport layovers
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/11-ways-to-beat-airport-boredom-on-long-layovers/
Wrote an article about traveling alone -- 8 important things to avoid when going solo
http://http://youqueen.com/travel/travelling-alone-8-important-things-to-avoid-when-going-solo/
Wrote and produced a 2.5-minuter for CNBC (Asia) Business News and NBC Asia News
Did a report for CNBC Asia Business/Tech News on internet connection for Philippine...
Wrote an article on 11 all-natural sweeteners you can grow in your backyard.
http://http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/09/08/11-all-natural-sweeteners-you-can-grow-in-your-backyard/comment-page-1/#comment-2055925
Wrote an article about Manny Pacquiao making it to Forbes' List of Highest-paid Athletes
Wrote and produced a special report on the first-ever Elf Authentic Adventure, an...
Wrote an article on living in a treehouse
http://http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/05/31/treehouse-living-the-ultimate-in-off-grid-privacy-security-and-views/print/
Wrote an article for OffTheGridNews.com on 11 remarkable off-grid uses for plastic bottles
http://http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/04/09/11-remarkable-off-grid-uses-for-plastic-bottles/
Posted an article on 16 necessary survival skills for building a prepper community
http://www.survivalock.com/
Wrote an article on basic homesteading tools
http://www.survivalock.com/
Wrote about the benefits of using diatomaceous earth (DE) in the home, garden and...
http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/03/22/the-do-everything-bug-killing-miracle-powder-called-diatomaceous-earth/http://
Reported on the first-ever staging of the musical play, Les Miserables, in Manila in 1993
Did a press release for gems/jewelry trade fair to urge buyers to avail of 20%...
Contributed a light opinion story for the (national paper) Philippine Daily Inquirer's...

Skills (5)

Tested
Article Writing
Travel Writing
Press Release Writing
Scriptwriting
Journalism

Service Description

Years of travel in and outside the country, working in TV, interacting with all sorts of people -- young and old, rich and poor, local and foreign -- have given me a rich, colorful view of life and of the world.

I've spoken with a former-president and a tribal chieftain, celebrities and cowboys, tycoons and truck drivers, artists and athletes, an archbishop and a few astute atheists. I've ridden all sorts of transportation, from choppers to camels to canoes. I've slept in luxury hotels, as well as a bamboo shack with cartons for bedding.

I've experienced both the carefree life of a single in a big city, and now, domestic life in a farmhouse with children, animals and plants to look after.

These have given me an assortment of skills and a broader, deeper understanding of people and of life.

Trained in investigative journalism, I'm able to delve deep and track a story down from different angles. And, honed in mass communication, I can put the pieces together, package the whole thing, and deliver the message in as little time (and space) as possible.

I write high-quality, well-researched yet easy-to-understand content that's fit for a wide range of audiences. I can do general writing in any kind of niche except adult literature, medicine and high-tech sciences. Special areas of interest are travel, natural health, homesteading, off-grid and green living. Currently, I'm a regular contributor to YouQueen.com (travel page) and OffTheGridNews.com.

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Employment

Paragon Pictures/ Paragon Images Plus
Assistant Photographer, Marketing Assistant
2002 - 2011
Helped husband in his photography business by acting as second photographer at wedding coverages; helping direct and style pictorials (from portraits to food shots); and selecting photos for...
Lakbay TV Travel Channel
Writer-Producer
1999 - 2001
Wrote and produced 20-min. to 1-hr. features on various topics involving travel and culture in the Philippines: tourism, industry, lifestyle, history, art, food, entertainment, sports, etc., aired...
Probe Productions, Incorporated
Producer
1992 - 1998
Wrote, video-edited and produced 15-min. reports for the Philippines' most awarded investigative news-magazine show, The Probe Team, a bronze winner in the New York Festivals' Word's Best...
San Miguel Corporation
Associate Producer
1995 - 1996
Wrote and produced stories for twice-weekly corporate news show, San Miguel Newsbreak, aired in corporate offices, branches, manufacturing plants, subsidiaries and affiliates of the company...
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
Promotions and Marketing Staff
1994 - 1995
Helped produce materials to promote business and tourism in the then-newly established Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a former US naval base in Subic, Zambales
ABC Channel 5
News Writer
1994 - 1994
Wrote daily news and hourly updates on local and foreign events, aired on national TV.
Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs
Staff
1990 - 1992
Did writing, project management and advocacy work for a university-based NGO
The Manila Chronicle
Correspondent
1990 - 1990
Covered news, health and social welfare beats for national daily broadsheet

Education

University of the Philippines
BA Communication, major in Journalism
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Keywords

journalism
travel writing
article writing
scriptwriting
documentary
news
blog posts
press releases
natural health
green living
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