Ellen Scolnic has been a feature writer, reporter and publicist for almost 20 years. She’s written on topics ranging from finding the best baby sitter and planning a birthday party in a museum to decorating a bedroom on a budget.
Ellen’s specialty is writing about parenting and topics of interest to families. Her feature articles run in publications including Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine, American Baby, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer and American Woman. Her family life articles are frequently picked up by the Parenting Publications of America and reprinted in their member newspapers across the country including Washington Parent, Atlanta Parent, Parents Express and others. Ellen’s general interest features on family travel, home and style, interior decor, weddings, employment issues and more have appeared in magazines and on websites nationwide.
A syndicated newspaper columnist, Ellen writes essays that provide an insider’s glimpse into the daily decisions and dilemmas that modern families face. Her column “Mom’s the Word” is a humorous, empathetic take on daily life with kids. In her personal essays, she tackles tough subjects, like how difficult it is to whip up a politically correct but still scary Halloween costume and why cell phones aren’t as essential as your teen would have you believe. Her features have appeared in parenting newspapers Other columns have been syndicated through Senior Wire, a news service for older adults.
Ellen is also an experienced writer on Jewish topics. She’s written numerous articles for Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent newspaper, from profiles of community leaders to features on innovative curriculum at local synagogues to the latest in wedding trends. Her articles have appeared in many Jewish newspapers nationwide including the Detroit Jewish News, the Washington Jewish Week and the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California. In addition to their book, The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, Ellen and Joyce write a syndicated holiday column for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The column uses words from their dictionary as a jumping off point to focus on unique, lesser known aspects of many Jewish holidays.
Ellen’s public relations work includes writing and producing brochures, direct mail appeals, feature stories, donor recognition pieces, Public Service Announcements, newspaper advertisements and agency newsletters for clients including Federation Early Learning Services, a day care agency with seven locations; the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Philadelphia, a multifaceted social service agency; Northeast Apartments, a complex of several large apartment buildings with a mostly senior citizen population; an adult literacy organization and others.