A few years ago, after leaving a career in local government public affairs, I embarked on a new career as a freelance journalist. In April 2011 I began writing a weekly column on local issues for AOL’s Leesburg Patch. Before long I was also writing news stories and taking photos that appeared in Leesburg Patch and Ashburn Patch.
In March 2012, I began writing and taking photos for the Loudoun Extra and Local Living sections of the Washington Post, and later began covering stories in Prince William and Fairfax counties for the Post, as well. Occasionally, I have a story in the Post’s Travel, Real Estate or Metro sections.
It gradually occurred to me that I was developing a “body of work,” such as it is, and that it would be useful to create centralized place to collect these news stories and columns.
This was my motivation for recreating this blog — Notes n Letters — where I may also occasionally go off on my own from time to time and write about things that interest me, but which may not have a home in the commercial news media.
Thank you for your interest!
— Jim Barnes, freelance writer based in Leesburg, Va.
Note: Photos used on this site have not previously been published elsewhere.