Hailing from the west suburbs of Chicago, I am a freelance writer and journalist in New York City with interest and experience covering travel, food, entertainment and human interest.

I most recently worked full-time as a content writer for FarePortal, an online travel agency, before deciding that marketing wasn’t for me. At Fareportal, I wrote and edited landing pages and marketing emails for the various CheapOair brands; pitched and wrote for our Miles Away travel blog; and contributed toward our marketing campaigns.

Previously, I’ve done internships for companies such as tech startup Sprinklr, Rolling Stone, Digital First Media’s Thunderdome, Lucky and Redbook, among many others. (Please see my resume for more.) On the education side, I have a Master’s in Journalism from NYU and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

I’m passionate about colorful, compelling writing and am experienced in both print and online journalism covering a variety of topics including local news, beauty, fashion/style, personal finance, food, relationships and lifestyle — though what I enjoy most are travel and entertainment writing. I am an excellent copy editor with a keen eye for detail, a skill I hone as the sole copy editor for AList Magazine, which I do in my spare time.

Email me at li.laura.xj@gmail.com


You can read some of my personal writing on my blog: auradis.com

One piece I’m proud of is from my first semester at NYU; I was inspired by M. Alice LeGrow to look into the lives of women who work as birthday party princesses. Read it here: A Tale of Professional Princesses

As part of a pop culture and entertainment writing course I took, I contributed weekly to our class blog. Read my posts here: NYU Pop Culture

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