Newspapers and news magazines like the ones I’ve worked for over the last couple of decades like to maintain an image of unbiased neutrality. So they prefer their employees keep their political opinions out of their jobs. And I think that’s a great idea. I like to trust my news sources to give me the unbiased truth, not to sell me on a particular agenda. And during my newspaper and magazine staff career, I know I made extra sure to be fair to the candidates I had no plans to vote for. I even grew to like them as people. In fact, on more than one occasion, I preferred the company of a candidate I did not support to the company of their opponent.
But impartiality ended for me when I began freelancing in May 2011. I resolved that one of the biggest benefits to being self-employed was that I was free to voice my opinion and actively support any candidate I believed in. So I volunteered to be the Montana Digital Coordinator for Obama For America in February 2012 and I loved every minute of it. I met some wonderful people, worked for a great boss (that’s Judith Heilman below at the top left) and was actively involved in a cause I passionately believed in. What more can you ask for from a job?