From city council meetings and airplane crashes to covering visits by Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa, Lori is experienced in all facets of deadline writing.
An award-winning storyteller, Lori has been recognized for her deft ability to engage readers as they journey through the life and experiences of the people and ministries she’s profiling.
The story has been assigned for months and when it finally arrives, it has more holes than a cypress befriended by a woodpecker. Don’t panic. Lori specializes in making mediocre writing sing.
Writing the press release is only half of the task. Getting editors to notice takes a special flare. Why not use the experienced eye and hand of an editor who has waded through thousands of press releases?
Solid research is often the most overlooked aspect of non-fiction writing. From public policy and legislation to historical data, Lori can help navigate background information for your next project.
As a feature, news and managing editor, Lori has coached dozens of interns, freelancers and staff reporters, helping each of them to hone their own skills as journalists and narrators.
Writing and editing for your needs
Whether writing news or feature stories, or even ministry profiles for newsletters, my customized service begins not with the pen, but with the eyes and ears. The underpinning of a good writer is the power of observation, of listening to a person’s journey and crafting it into a flow that reflects the heart of compelling storytelling. I then augment those God-given skills with thorough research and thought-provoking questions.
Below are some samples of my work. If you would like to see other styles of writing, please let me know.
Born Dead | Baby defies odds after traumatic deliver
Heather Hoffman was just hours from delivering her fourth child. She was nesting at home. Her husband Neil was doing some other ...
My rehab specialist (no, I’m not an old house, Nick is the one who coached me through physical therapy at SpineZone to heal my thrashed back. He’s studying to become a doctor of physical therapy. I’m proud of him. He’s also proud that I’m not only maintaining my thrice-weekly weightlifting regimen, but I’m also now swimming four miles each week) loves to share corny jokes with me. It’s good medicine for the body and mind. John-Luke, one of the young YMCA guards where I swim also puts up with them, though sometimes I wonder if he secretly wishes I would drown.
Some of my favorites:
What did the old chimney say to the young chimney? You’re too young to smoke.
How does NASA organize a party? They planet.
What did the buffalo say to his son as he was heading off to college? Bison.
What do you call a singing laptop? A Dell.
How many editors does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but first she has to rewire the entire building.
I wanted to be an accountant. Yes, the girl who thinks balancing a checkbook means trying to walk with it on your head, wanted to devote her life to numbers. Then came the reality of college. Despite hitting the books like a major league slugger, I managed to whiff out in the grade department. After whining to a friend about the injustice of it all, he asked a simple question: You love to write, why don’t you be a journalist?
He was on to something. After earning my bachelor’s degree in journalism, I spent the next 16 years covering community journalism with the Daily Californian in El Cajon, first as a reporter, community, and features editor and eventually the News Editor. After the paper was bought out, I went to work as Managing Editor (and primary writer) for the Christian Examiner newspaper and its successor Refreshed magazine. In addition to putting my storytelling skills to work, I was honored along the way by numerous organizations, including the Evangelical Press Association, the Religion Newswriters Association, Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, California Newspaper Publishers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, California School Board Association and San Diego Press Club.
Turns out, I’m much stronger with letters than numbers.
Slices of life — musings on faith, culture and everything in between.
Not only did Lori grasp exactly what I was trying to accomplish with my book, but as editor she made invaluable suggestions throughout, provided examples of contemporary material that added to the content, corrected my many structural writing issues, challenged me when my reasoning was weak, and more importantly provided an entirely new front end structure to the book to better capture my audience and present the ideas I was trying to communicate.
Author of "Christian Fratricide"
As editor of the Christian Examiner, Lori Arnold was a great a source of encouragement to me and a wonderful coach. Lori's journalism knowledge and skills amazed me. She could write up just about anything at what seemed to me like lightning speed. She knew the ropes!
Lori is our 'go to' writer for quick turn-around, dedication to detail and writing finesse! Whether we are looking for original work or copy-editing, we have found her indispensable when looking for stories that resonate with readers.
Editor, Kansas City Metro Voice
WOW! This is how an interview, or series of interviews, should be told. Kudos to Ms. Arnold. — Winning entry for 2011 Best Interview Article
EPA Higher Goals Award
As a lead pastor, one of my responsibilities was to write a weekly blog post. Some weeks were more challenging than others and I was not always able to get the blog written on time. Lori came to my rescue! Not only was she able to write the blog off the cuff, she wrote with creative energy and substance!
Former Pastor of Narratives Church
LORI ARNOLD National award-winning journalist 619-379-5674 firstname.lastname@example.org