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Meet a Member: Jane Primerano

March 24, 2016


One of the wonderful things about belonging to the National Federation of Press Women is the opportunity it gives members to network and have friends all over the United States. My friend Jane Primerano is an accomplished member of NFPW and also other professional organizations. She is a consummate professional who is willing to adapt to meet the needs of our changing profession. Meet another outstanding member of our organization. 

Name: Jane Primerano

City and State: Hope, NJ

Jane Primerano © 2014

Jane Primerano with her ever present Nikon. (Photo by Anthony Buccino).



Affiliate and any leadership positions: Pennsylvania Press Club. I was a member of the late, lamented, New Jersey Press Women. I was president from 2001 through 2003 and was Communicator of Achievement in 2003. I joined PPC because I wanted to be part of an affiliate and I live 10 minutes from Pennsylvania.

Years a member of NFPW: 33

Tell us a little about you.

Right now, I’m a freelancer specializing in agriculture and agri-business. I am also moving into writing about wineries, craft breweries and craft distilleries, which happened sort of by accident. I have been a reporter, photographer and editor for weekly, daily and online publications. I also spent some time on the “dark side” doing hospital communications and working for public relations firms.

I have three grown children, a son-in-law and two “grandcats.” One of my favorite things is “borrowing” a cousin’s grandchildren and taking them to county fairs and other cool places. Sort of practice, I suppose. I’m active in my church and in Warren County Community Singers.


Jane Primerano with Diesel, a friend’s daughter’s horse in Ohio. Jane loves horses as well as dogs and cats and pretty much any animal. (Photo by Jessica Vezza)





Any career advice you would give?

Develop a specialty early on. The only way I can survive as a freelancer is because I have expertise in farming. You never know, especially today, when you may have to become an independent journalist.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A real knack for languages.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Tuscany. But I’d miss my kids.

What book are you reading?

Just finished The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri and started Informing the News by Thomas E. Patterson.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I once played a sheriff at a wild west theme park.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I believe professional organizations are vital for networking and for banding together for our common interests such as freedom of information and journalism ethics.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

I’m on Facebook as Jane Primerano and on Twitter as @ReporterJane2.