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Jennifer Cutraro is a freelance science and education writer in the greater Boston area who specializes in writing for kids and teachers. She contributes regularly to Science News for Kids and writes a weekly lesson on science in the news for the New York Times Learning Network. Jennifer has developed educational materials for NOVA scienceNOW, the New England Aquarium, and Houghton Mifflin and has also written for media outlets including the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Scholastic Science World and National Geographic Kids. A native of Milwaukee, she enjoys exploring the New England coastline with her husband and looking for slimy things under logs with her two young daughters.

4 responses to “Whoops! I got a real job”

  1. Heather

    That is so exciting!!! That would be a dream job for me.

    I was just reading — I believe it was in “The Startup of You” — that the best course to take was to identify yourself more by your skill set than your place of employment. We have changed from a culture where you used to identify with one employer for a long time. Obviously, that is no longer the case.

    In both places of employment (I consider freelancing to be a place) you are a Science Writer & Editor. WGBH happens to be using your expertise in that broad category.

    Ooh — remember the orange lights and that weird techno music that would outline the letters after NOVA back in the ’80s? I’m getting chills.

  2. Emily Gertz

    Heather, that’s a great suggestion. Myself, I don’t even say what kind of writer I am on my cards and .sigs, just “journalist and editor.” I don’t want to shut myself out of a potential assignment because an assigning editor isn’t looking for an “environmental journalist.”

    I fondly remember that NOVA intro.

  3. Kendall Powell

    We are big fans of “Peep” at our house. One of Ryan’s first sentences was “More Peep!” Okay that’s not really a sentence, is it, even with punctuation?

    I love how it sneaks science and discovery into a funny preschooler cartoon. The fact that you get to work on similar projects feels like a “REAL” job that is perfectly suited for you, Jenny!

    Besides anyone who freelances and makes it work for at least a year or more gets a “freelancer for life” card IMHO.

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