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Alexandria
Mansfield

JOURNALIST

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Hello,

and what do you know about love letters?

I seem to write love letters for a living.

 

Growing up, I always knew that I would write. But, as adulthood loomed, I realized the fairytales I dreamed up in my composition notebook would need to transform into flavorless bites of cold, hard news.

 

I knew I needed to become a journalist — because I could make so much more money doing that than playing make believe.

 

But what does the news have to do with love letters, anyway? More often than not, what we have to report is sad. Heartbreaking, even. Writing – as a journalist, novelist, poet or in any other form – is about opening my heart to the pain and hope of every person.

 

And then telling that story.

 

Right now, I am telling stories as the growth and development reporter at the Florida Times-Union. I have previously held positions as education, community and political reporters, senior copy editor and associate managing editor.

At the Times-Union, I have covered business trends, the housing and rental markets and the labor economy. I take as many opportunities as are available to stretch beyond my usual pieces and test my abilities. When I'm not working, I'm writing fictional short stories, volunteering at the local animal shelter or spending time with my Kindle at the beach. 

Explore my page to get a better idea of what I can do.