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Michelle Rafter
Works at WordCount Editorial Services
Lives in Portland, OR
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I'm using my tech  reporting background to start writing about cars, which have become the biggest, most expensive mobile electronics devices most people own. In this Edmunds.com story, I look at the cost of connected car subscriptions, and simple things you can do to keep them in check.
When your new car's free trials for satellite radio and other interactive services run out, subscription costs can add up — fast. Here's how to get them for less.
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No matter how they're delivered, these characteristics separate good press releases from bad ones.
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Here's my mini-rant on press releases: As an editor, it doesn't bother me to get a release that's not targeted to me (e.g. new food product info, when our site ONLY writes about cars). I get that some PR folks just blast away, and that's why I have a "delete" key. What's annoying is the nagging follow-up e-mails and phone calls There's a reason I didn't respond, Mr./Ms. PR person: You've pitched me a story that's completely wrong for my audience. Either refine your release list or understand that if I wanted -- for some reason -- to talk about cinnamon-flavored pita chips to an audience of car-buyers, I would follow up with you.
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Just heard about this group. I'm freelance and split my time between writing for NBCNews.com, WSJ, Crain's, etc., and working as a contract editor on a corporate finance website for American Express.
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Self-employed business journalist
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  • WordCount Editorial Services
    Proprietor, 1995 - present
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Michelle Vranizan Rafter
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Portland, OR, business journalist
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I'm a freelance reporter and editor covering business, finance and employment. I blog about freelancing, host the #wclw writer chat and run the WordCount Blogathon, a community blogging challenge to post every day in May.
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Oregon native, escaped to California, got a tan & came back
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Portland, OR
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Fullerton, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Lund, Sweden - Milwaukee, WI