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cover of elizabethtown magazine pencil with technology quotesOver the past decade, I’ve contributed to various daily, weekly, local, regional, national, trade, and affinity publications. Select online clips and print PDFs are available on my Contently profile.

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If you didn’t click above, here’s a look at print and online publications, past and present, that have donned my byline:

  • Elizabethtown (alumni magazine; also served as editor for two publication years)
  • Wilkes (alumni magazine)
  • The Higher Education Web Professionals’ Link Magazine (industry publication)
  • The Blot
  • The Weekender (Northeast Pennsylvania alt weekly)
  • The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa. daily)
  • The eBiz Insider (published by Solid Cactus; now defunct; served as editor)
  • The Independent (formerly the Westsider)
  • Games (Kappa Publishing, n.k.a Games World of Puzzles)
  • Bylines Writer’s Calendar
  • The Northeast PA Rainbow Journal
  • Career College Association Journal, The Link (n.k.a The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities)
  • Oatmeal Studios (Greeting Cards)
  • Penny Press (Word Puzzles)

Select writing samples:

Since I’ve primarily written for print (and since before papers had robust online versions), it’s a little harder to share the nice-looking clips online. I do have several scanned versions which I converted to PDF. Nothing beats a print layout of a feature story. I have hundreds of clips in dozens of plastic tubs. But, here are more details on some publications for which I regularly freelanced:

The Weekender

weekender donna vinyl cover storyThe Weekender is Northeast Pennsylvania’s #1 alternative weekly. At the time I wrote for The Weekender it was  published by Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company, which also owns the daily paper, The Times Leader. At the time, The Weekender was distributed to over 1,000 locations across five counties, with a total readership of 174,415.

I was a regular contributing writer to the Weekender from 1999 to 2010 (when I relocated) and usually pitched my own story ideas. I was a go-to correspondent for the “issue” issues, which took a step away from covering bands and the art scene to focus on business and community concerns. I’ve covered music and plays to cosmetic surgery and transportation. The Weekender, a few years ago, underwent a site redevelopment, and the archives are no longer available so I had to remove the links that used to  be on this very page. PDFs to come… one day.

The eBiz Insider

Online Coupon StoryThe eBiz Insider was a print publication sent to the Solid Cactus customer base and other interested subscribers. During my time at Cactus, I also served as editor of this magazine for a few years, before it ceased publication and was replaced with blogging efforts. The following links are PDFs to the entire magazine; I’ve indicated the page number on which you can find my stories.


The Independent

donna_talarico_writing_samplesThe Independent (formerly The Westsider) is a quarterly publication with the tagline, ‘a magazine of creativity, culture and change’. Since 2005, the glossy, colorful magazine has covered local, independent businesses, issues affecting the community and the creative scene. I was a contributor to The Independent since its second issue through 2010, primarily writing feature-length stories I pitched. I also wrote on assignment, generally business profiles.