SEATTLE — After being the subject of a media circus for years, Amanda Knox has a new job: as a journalist.

Knox, the former college student who became an international celebrity after she was accused of murdering her roommate during a study abroad program in Italy in 2007, has landed a gig as a freelance writer for the West Seattle Herald. According to the Daily Beast, the small paper reached out to Knox (a Seattle native) to see if she would like to write for them.

“We approached her originally to give her the opportunity of a normal life,” Web editor Patrick Robinson told the site, adding “Amanda’s a very bright, very capable, highly qualified writer … She’s certainly been through as lot and been very easy to work with and very interested and eager in doing stories.”

So far, she’s been covering local news and writing theater reviews. This year, she returned to the University of Washington so she could earn her final credits for a degree in creative writing, which she was studying when she arrived in Italy.

Knox’s case made headlines around the world for years, as she and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty in 2009 of killing Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher, in a trial that many American supporters viewed as flawed and unfair. Two years later, Knox was acquitted on appeal and released from prison – and jetted back to America immediately.

She’s been in Seattle ever since, though the acquittal was overturned in January and she was found guilty once again. There’s no word yet on if she will be extradited back to Italy.