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nDash Writer Profile for D.J. Petty

D.J. Petty



About Me

Started working as a freelance reporter/stringer in 2000. Covered regional art events throughout Prince William County, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Moved on to become a daily features reporter for The Manassas Daily Journal. Began freelancing full-time in 2010. Arts are a natural writing interest, but working as a reporter honed my skills as a generalist writing, too.

Industries I Write About

Building Materials

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Individual & Family Services

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Wine & Spirits

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My Writing Samples

How Much Is That Emu in the Window?

Local profile of an emu farmer


Sally Biondi's Art: A Brush With Nature

Article discussing a Midwestern artist making a name for herself in Washington, D.C.


Student Loans Becoming Harder to Obtain

Written during the last recession, news article informing students about stringent credit criteria and loan alternatives.



Features Reporter

Wrote daily features articles for a daily mid-sized paper. Also served as an editorial assistant and junior copyeditor.

Company: Manassas Daily Journal

I worked there from 9/2001 until 3/2002

Freelance Reporter and Stringer

Wrote features articles as assigned and needed.

Company: Potomac News

I worked there from 6/2001 until 8/2001

Student Reporter

As part of the journalistic curriculum, worked for Kent State University's student newspaper. Reported news as assigned, as well as special interest project pieces.

Company: Daily Kent Stater

I worked there from 8/2007 until 8/2009

Freelance Reporter, Writer and Copywriter

Since 2011, I have written in various mediums. I report, blog, interview, write copy - if a writer is needed, I get the job done.

Company: Self-Employed

I worked there from 1/2011 until now

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Changing the Status Quo: Five Vacations to Push Your Limits

Traditionally, vacations are all about relaxing and taking it “easy”. But easy isn't always best when the status quo has become a limitation for personal growth. Many women in your targeted demographic tend to hit a personal or professional plateau and feel the need for change. Taking a vacation that is challenging could be a launchpad for a fresh perspective on living.

Content type: Blog Post


Putting the Yum Back Into Summer

Summer and ice cream just go together. It's a rite of passage that most of us that are lactose intolerant sorely miss when a creamy scoop of real ice cream isn't an option anymore. My pitch is a blog about “Putting the Yum Back Into Summer” that centers around your product. The central theme would target how summer is a “free” time to enjoy family and friends, eventually tying in “Minus the Moo” to that concept.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: summer,lactose intolerant,ice cream


Does Your Roof Need a Check Up?

Spring is here and summer isn't far behind. Both seasons bring a lot more rain. This is a perfect time of year to have a professional give your roof a "check up". Sometimes, preventative maintenance is the best method to avoid future roofing problems.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: roof leaks,reroof,tear off