As adjunct to creative writing (and as a means to income!) I also do freelance journalism, and have won awards for my feature work in national and provincial magazines.
I was editor of the University of Saskatchewan newspaper, the Sheaf, many years ago, and a reporter after that. I’ve come back to journalism in recent years and really enjoy calling up perfect strangers and asking them to tell me everything about themselves!
Somehow it works. And it’s worked very well in some instances. As contributing editor at Country Guide, I’ve been awarded gold, silver or bronze medals in feature and technical writing, and press reporting for the years 2009 through 2013.