Writing Portfolio

This is my digital “one-stop.” My hope is that the diversity of writing and projects represented will catch your eye and convince you to consider me as a writer, whether for freelancing, or longer-term projects.

For the most up-to-date items, please visit the articles page.

I am a freelance writer and journalist, with experience writing across a variety of subjects: business, workforce development and training, finance, features, as well as industry-specific topics for trade magazines, including automobiles and specifically, the fast lube and quick maintenance industry. I also cover stories about people and place. Additionally, I am also the author of four well-received books of regional nonfiction, and I have a manuscript in production that’s currently with an agent.

Recent articles/writing

Trump tariffs and the auto aftercare industry (NOLN, Feb. 2019)

  • Front page feature for National Oil and Lube News on the Trump Tariffs and trade with China, as well as how it is affecting the auto aftercare industry.
  • Other articles for National Oil and Lube News, the fast lube and quick maintenance industry’s oldest and largest trade publication, including this profile on Amalee Mueller, who races in the Pro Stock and Limited Pro Stock Super Diesel class of NHRDA’s Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Drag Racing series.


"What's The Plan" (Portland Phoenix)

“What’s The Plan” (Portland Phoenix)

  • Several business features for the Boston Globe, including the rebirth of a milltown (Biddeford, Maine), exports to China boosting Maine’s lobster industry, and Maine’s Shakers partnering with Chilton Furniture to produce iconic chairs.
  • A front page, investigative feature in the Portland Phoenix on economic development in the city of Portland, Maine.
  • A guide to New England’s best lobster roll; a book review in the Boston Globe’s Travel section.
  • Lead story on Lisbon’s Moxie Festival, Lewiston Sun-Journal.
  • Monthly Explore! column in Lewiston Sun-Journal’s b-Section magazine. The latest one is on the town of Norway, Maine.
  • A summer reading list for the Portland Phoenix June Summer Guide.

Phoenix summer

  • Article in Portland Monthly magazine about Portland’s independent bookstores.
Feature on Portland's Bookstores/Lit Scene (SummerGuide, 2014)

Feature on Portland’s Bookstores/Lit Scene (SummerGuide, 2014)

  • Article in the Portland Phoenix about Maine Startup and Create Week (economic development).
  • The Motley Fool-I’ve written several business-oriented articles for their website. These articles demonstrate my ability to deliver compelling content, meet deadlines, write about topics germane to a publication’s audience, as well as shepherd articles through the editorial process.
  • The Jim Baumer Experience-More writing variety, posted twice weekly at my personal blog.
  • A Report on Key Learnings and Employer Toolkit for other P&G Sites-A first-of-a-kind report for Procter & Gamble on an employment pilot P&G initiated to hire people with disabilities. This report is being used to roll-out similar pilots at other P&G sites in North America.
Key Learnings Report for Procter & Gamble

Key Learnings Report for Procter







I freelanced for several local daily publications and also regional magazines.

  • Lewiston Sun-Journal
  • Brunswick Times-Record
  • MaineArts
    • Profile of Theresa Secord, member of Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
  • MainelyKids Online
  • The Forecaster
  • The Portland Pigeon

Older investigative feature-The Portland Pigeon.

“In Hadlock’s Shadow” is the only investigative piece that took a critical look at the myriad claims made about the economic benefits accompanying bringing minor league baseball to a small urban market, like Portland, Maine. This was written in 2004, and eventually led to the publication of my first book, When Towns Had Teams.


I served as a statewide leader and catalyst in the field of workforce development, building partnerships and utilizing my writing and communication skills in improving the quality of Maine’s workforce. Here are clips that showcase writing and content relevant to the work I was doing.

  • Working in Maine-a blog where I curated content specific to workforce and economic development.
  • WorkReady was important workforce initiative I played a key role in developing and growing throughout the state of Maine. This 2010 article highlights my ability to put make an argument, supporting and sourcing it with quotes from key individuals. The article was included in the April issue of HR Times, and was included in packets handed out to more than 700 key human resources professionals attending the 15th Annual Maine Human Resources Convention that year.
  • This 2007 article, “Building a Network To The Future,” was written for The Daily Bulldog. It captures the role of collaboration in promoting growth and development in one of Maine’s economically-challenged rural counties.
  • I wrote several career and employment articles for JobsinME.com, which appeared in their job seekers newsletter. This one was on energizing your job search. Others focused on specific employment strategies, like targeting nonprofits.

What else should you know? I’m reliable, professional, and easy to work with, and strive to provide clients just what they want. As a freelancer, I’m familiar with deadlines, AP style, and other conventions specific to newspapers and other publications.

I look forward to discussing why I might be the writer you’ve been looking for. Feel free to contact me at jim[dot]baumer[at]gmail[dot]com.