Beth JoJack

Freelance writer and editor

Roanoke, Va.

Beth JoJack

Channeling a decade of reporting experience at daily newspapers into writing and editing assignments for a variety of clients.

(Formerly wrote under the name Beth Jones).



SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you feel SAD during the winter months, you are not alone. For most of her adult life, Marie Daniels has detected a change in how she feels when Daylight Saving Time ends in November. The stay-at-home mom of 4-year-old twin girls will notice a creeping anxiety about running out of time to complete her daily to-do list, as well as a “general blue feeling” when the sun starts setting around 5 p.m.
The Health Journal Link to Story

The Animals' Farm

SWVA Living Link to Story

‘No Hate in my Holler’ March a Window into West Virginia’s Political Divide

She had seen where that group and others had organized thousands of demonstrators in Philadelphia in 2017, the site of last year’s Republican retreat. Members of the Greater Greenbrier County Indivisible group and Women’s March group — who refer to themselves as the Greenbrier Huddle for short — had been working on their own plans for activities in response to the retreat, which included a march.
100 Days in Appalachia Link to Story

Donate Life takes on a personal meaning for Nanz

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), instituted in 2003 by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations. NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Roanoke College web site Link to Story

An opportunity runs through it

Cover story for May issue of monthly magazine.
Roanoke Business Link to Story

Taking the measure of cruelty

Anyone who has worked in the animal welfare field has likely witnessed the effects of animal cruelty. But how common are the cases of the cat set on fire, the dog left to starve at the end of a chain or the emaciated horses kept by an animal hoarder? The truth is, no one really knows. Unlike violent crimes against people, information on reported cases of animal abuse have not been routinely compiled by state and federal agencies, making it difficult for authorities and animal protection advocates to determine the prevalence or trends in these crimes.
Animal Sheltering Magazine Link to Story

Agent for Change

An interview with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.) from a recent issue of Humane Activist, the bimonthly member magazine of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. I have served as a contributing editor of the magazine since 2015.
Humane Activist Magazine Link to Story

W&L community rallies to lend support

News that Liza Haynie '11 married Wyatt Heaton '09 on Dec. 13, 2014, days after learning that she had less than a month to live, made headlines in throngs of newspapers and on websites. The "Today" show, CNN and Fox News all aired stories about the couple's "I do's." By February, the media frenzy had mostly calmed down, but Liza - who took Heaton as her last name - remained overwhelmed by the buzz her story had generated and the outpouring of support.
Washington and Lee web site Link to Story

SWVA Living | MARCH & APRIL 2018

From the zoo to the new Kids Square, how to keep kids entertained this summer. S ummertime, and the livin’ is easy.Unless you have kids. Kids who suddenly find themselves without homework or afternoon sports practices to keep them out of trouble. Kids who lie on the floor, shouting “there’s nothing to do†over and over again like it’s some kind of mantra.

Internships as Entrees into Careers

How internships helped three students navigate the world of work. During the first day of her internship at the Phillips Collection, Awuma watched a documentary about Duncan Phillips, founder of the modern art museum in Washington, D.C. It told how Phillips selected pieces for the collection not because a certain artist was in vogue at the time, Awuma explains, but because his or her art provoked emotion.
Hollins magazine Link to Story

Floyd: Still Sustaining After All These Years

The Roanoker Link to Story

Alumnae Profiles – Winter 2017

Even after delivering more than 1,000 babies, obstetrician-gynecologist Courtney Legum-Wenk still gets misty-eyed talking about the process of bringing new life into the world. “It never, never gets old,” she says. “Every delivery is such a phenomenal experience.”. Four of those babies were daughters of Hollins alumnae who were all born within a nine-month period over 2015 and 2016.
Hollins magazine Link to Story


Beth JoJack

Beth JoJack believes any subject— from waste water treatment plants to allergic skin conditions — can make an interesting story. The trick, nine cases out of ten, is finding the right source. To get there, though, you need a journalist who harbors an insatiable curiosity, one who will dig and dig until they find that just-right person. Beth, who also has her master's degree in social work, can ease the good stuff out of anybody, be it the world's biggest introvert or blabbiest blowhard. With a writing career that's edging up on two decades, Beth specializes in taking complicated jargon or policy and transforming it into material that's accessible and, doggone, even enjoyable to everyday readers. Her clients include editors at regional publications, nonprofit organizations and marketing and development officers at colleges and universities.