Jackie Fishman

11904 Tallwood Court Potomac, MD (Washington, DC suburb) USA
Website: http://mediabistro.com/jackiefishman

Professional Experience

As a Washington, DC area based writer I offer 30-plus years writing experience specializing in personal business, health, family and lifestyle topics, including : * Lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise * Personal finance, health insurance, and affordable housing My background includes features, personal essays, and interview articles for Business Insider, Medical/Surgical Nurse Magazine, Virginia Dogwood Newspaper, Middleburg Eccentric and others. I have developed, written and edited annual report copy, press releases, press kits, newsletter brochure and web copy for NeighborWorks, the Parkinson's Foundation, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association My media relations experience spans two decades. I am accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and hold an MA in public communications from American University where I have also been an adjunct professor.


Copy Editor
10 Years
25 Years
2 Years


20 Years
3 Years
Personal Finance
3 Years


PR (in-house) - Fortune 1000 corp. clients
15 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
5 Years
20 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

30 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Medical/Surgical Nurse Magazine (1-2), Business Insider (3-5), NeighborWorks (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (10+)

Other Work History

1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Washington, D.C. Media Relations Manager/Senior Communications Manager Created and executed media strategy for key issues and programs Developed news /feature ideas and talking points Prepared executive staff for interview. Wrote communications vehicles including releases, op-eds, scripts, brochures Planned and executed web site copy 2. Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States, Rockville, Md. Marketing Communications Project Manager Provided account executive communication services for member retention and health education efforts for mid-Atlantic region. Created and executed two quarterly four-color newsletters and managed distribution to a half million members. 3. Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md. Public Relations Manager Created and executed all communications programs for community hospital.

Technical Skills

10/21- MediaBistro Pitching 3/20-Catapult.co personal essay writing class 9/2017-12/2019-Docent for Newseum, Washington, D.C. 1/2017- Mediabistro Travel writing course

Foreign Language Skills

some French and Spanish

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Vocus, Content management systems, all Google Plus platforms, Wordpress,


SLR camera- experienced photographer


Accredited Public Relations (APR)


Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

Work Samples

Lifestyle, Personal Business, Social Issues

Essay for Personal Finance on the perils of purchasing a home in the 2021 housing market, focusing on waiving my right to a home inspection.
How my parents' immigrants' life experiences shaped their ideas about money and how these ideas are different in many ways from my own.
Both of my parents — and two grandparents — suffered from dementia. Studies show that having a family history increases my own risk. But there are things I can do to level the playing field.
Funny, personal essay about the benefits of abdicating from the task of doing my husbands laundry.
Personal essay about how my daughter in law is keeping alive the names of my family members who perished during the Holocaust.
Explores need for prison reform especially in light of those incarcerated with autism and other disabilities.
A look at the difficulties of running a community newspaper and why these are valuable to their audiences.
Why are Virginia’s millennials getting infected with Covid-19 at higher rates than other groups?
Qualifying for a conditional pardon doesn’t help if you don’t know how to file a petition. That’s a problem many Virginia inmates face right now. They don’t know the right paperwork to file and can’t afford a lawyer to do it for them. That’s where the Virginia Redemption Project steps in.
A personal essay revealing the stress, terror, excitement and pleasure of being present at the birth of a grandchild.
Interview with Salamander Market's new chef in local Middleburg weekly newspaper.
Page one of online article (paywall for members only) about the work and experiences of travel nurses.
How Virginia town of Front Royal is changing and adjusting its winter holiday traditions during COVID-19.
Town of Middleburg, VA considers two boundary line adjustment (BLA) proposals by two developers in order to increase its selection of entry-level housing for teachers and other personnel .
I reported on the 2020 activities of several nonprofit organizations across the country for this annual report. All of these organizations received funding from the NGO NeighborWorks. Their efforts were focused on improving housing and providing small business support in their immediate locations. The communities they served ranged from Puerto Rico and New York City to San Francisco.
News article informing Middleburg, Loudoun County, VA residents that real estate tax hike is being considered based on increased property values and how they can get more information.
Announcement of town’s intention to restore and retain ownership of a historic church with roots connected to the town’s African American community as well as the civil War.
Announcement of town’s intention to restore and retain ownership of a historic church with roots connected to the town’s African American community as well as the civil War.
What is gluten intolerance? What does it mean when someone has celiac disease? What is the difference between the two and are we seeing an increase in these conditions? I define the difference between the two ailments and outline what life is like for those who must eliminate gluten from their diet


Write freelance on topics of interest to the town of Middleburg, VA
Town of Middleburg, VA considers two boundary line adjustment (BLA) proposals by two developers in order to increase its selection of entry-level housing for teachers and other personnel .
Article about the benefits of yoga for med-surg nurses. Publication is paywall-protected and intended for members of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

About Me

I was interviewed by WAMU to explore my relationship with public radio for the feature in their blog, Listeners of WAMU: Jackie Fishman By Jesse Cao I talked to WAMU listener and former volunteer Jackie Fishman about her relationship with public radio, her favorite radio stories, and her career. Jackie’s currently a freelance writer, working mainly for a vitamin and supplement industry magazine. Before going freelance five years ago, she worked in healthcare communications, was a director of PR at a local hospital, and even taught middle school at one point.
Panel discussion on Kojo Nnandi Show on WAMU concerning DC museums and their challenges. I represented the Newseum, speaking as a docent for that museum and discussing my experiences there.
I was profiled by Montgomery County. Maryland Gazette when I left my employment at Suburban Hospital.


Personal essay about a special place
Spark is a participatory, inclusive creativity event. It is open to writers, musicians, and visual artists of all kinds, and occurs four times each year. During each 10-day project round, participants create new work using someone else’s art, writing, or music as inspiration. All resulting work is then displayed online, alongside the piece that inspired it. This site contains inspiration and response pieces from Spark’s 2010 – 2018 rounds.