Ephraim's Portrait

My name is Ephraim Payne and I am a  freelance writer, journalist and editor specializing in nonprofit communications and environmental journalism. I am currently seeking a graduate certificate in nonprofit management at the University of Oregon, in order to better understand the communications and public relations needs of organizations that serve the public interest. My volunteer work as a media relations writer and my interest in sustainable communities has fired my desire to pursue a career in communications, public outreach and development with an Oregon-based nonprofit.

I have written about a wide range of issues, including Hanford whistleblowers, wind power development, toxics reduction and the legacy of nuclear pollution, logging and sustainable forestry, fire as a potentially sustainable landscaping tool, organic and biodynamic growing practices, and the corporatization of organics standards. I often write and blog about Oregon’s small farmers and the local food system.

My work has appeared in the High Country News, In Good Tilth, the Eugene Weekly, The Oregonian and other publications. Before launching my freelance career, I edited the West Lane News, a weekly newspaper in the Willamette Valley.

This portfolio features some of the products of my graduate studies in communications for nonprofit organizations. Thanks for viewing my work.

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