Jane Hodges is a Seattle-based business journalist with literary tendencies. She’s matter-of-fact when the occasion demands it, but she’s also an old-fashioned wordsmith. She likes to tell stories full of voice and character and action, but makes her way in a world of tight word counts, bullet lists, and search engine optimization schemes. She uses social media and is able to write succinct stories and the occasional chart-icle, but understands the tradition of reporting and story-telling that birthed the current shorter-form media landscape. She writes for online brands, but will never forget the scent of newsprint or the beautiful thwacking sound of the morning paper hitting her front door at dawn. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, AOL HousingWatch, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur.com, Newsday, MSNBC.com, Business 2.0, The Industry Standard, The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly, Teen People, and elsewhere. The National Association of Real Estate Editors has twice awarded her for her real estate coverage, and The Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Chapter awarded her first place for best consumer reporting in 2009. Her essays and fiction have appeared in books and journals and The Vermont Studio Center, an artists’ colony, has granted her four creative writing residencies. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she also holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Jane’s latest book is “Rent Vs. Own – A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice.” To learn more, visit www.RentVsOwn.net.