First Freelance Byline

Ask any journalist, and they will tell you that there’s nothing like the first time you see your byline in print. Your name is out there for countless others to see, and so begins a lifelong relationship between you, your stories and your readers. It’s a thrill.

I’ve been at this awhile, but it was still fun for me today to see my first freelance byline, in the Toronto Star, no less, where I had my second paying job in journalism. Twelve years ago, I was a student reporter in the radio room, or “the box,” as we called it, listening to police scanners and writing crime stories.

Today’s story isn’t quite so serious. I got to write about my experience setting up a home office in a home without an office, and get great tips from interior designer Laura Stein. Pick up today’s Star for the full story!