John Schacht

John Schacht

Area of Instruction Within CCE: Freelance Journalism – Writing to Sell (JOU 8150)

About Me:  A full-time freelance writer, editor and instructor

Career Accomplishments:

  • Worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 10 years before turning to freelance writing.  Since then has contributed regularly to national magazines like Paste, Harp and Blurt, as well as on-line sites like,,, and
  • Also served as Music Editor for Creative Loafing from 2003-2005, and is currently the Editor in Chief of Shuffle, a quarterly devoted to popular music in the Carolinas


Experience in your Field:

  • Master’s degree in Journalism - UC Berkeley
  • B.A. in English/American Literature – UC San Diego


Additional Areas of Interest:

American Music Scene, Alternative Music and Pop Culture


  • Worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 10 years
  • Ongoing contributions to national magazines and online sites
  • Teaches Freelance Journalism for Central Piedmont Corporate and Continuing Education Department
  • Teaches Pop Culture and American Music Scene at UNC-Charlotte