Here’s a curated list of the best freelance journalism jobs from around the web, for the week of June 5, 2023. All jobs pay a minimum of $1 a word, or offer a fantastic byline opportunity for those looking to get a chance at a top-tier outlet with name recognition. These are all listed as remote and can be done (in theory) from anywhere. Be sure to check the listings for details.
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This week’s listings include new, high-profile jobs and gigs from Cosmopolitan, Axios, Lonely Planet, Harper’s, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, USA Today, Robinhood, more from Wirecutter, Tesla, The Drive, as well as the San Diego Tribune, and more. This list includes full-time jobs that pay as much as $210,000 a year!
These jobs are sourced through a variety of outlets (and platforms) both through Abigail’s own research but also through this curated list of her favorite writers, editors and freelancers on Twitter (which you can follow or request to be added to). One of her favorite sources for a twice-weekly list of calls for pitches, is Sonia Weiser‘s stellar newsletter that you can pay to subscribe to, here. She does an incredible job of curating the latest calls for pitches.
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ABOUT ABIGAIL BASSETT & WHY SHE CHOSE THESE JOBS
Abigail Bassett is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist with more than 15 years of varied experience under her belt. She spent ten years as a senior producer at CNN in New York, and has been running CNTRL Media, LLC, since 2014, when she began her freelance journalism career. Abigail is also a skilled moderator, on-air and podcasting host with credits and appearances at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, SXSW, the JBL Fest, Reuters Automotive Events, Electrify Expo and other top-tier, household name events and publications.
The content below has been curated by Abigail and she digs up these gigs on everything from Twitter and LinkedIn to FlexJobs, Glassdoor, and Indeed because she believes in two tenets:
- Experienced freelance journalists should be paid a fair wage for their work.
- Freelancers need to stick together and help each other out. This is her way of doing just that.
The first portion of the job description has been copied and pasted into the post and the direct application link is included. Readers will need to forgive the shifts in pronouns/tenses, throughout, as these are the original job postings.
More of Abigail’s journalism work including her bylines with Elle Magazine, National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, TechCrunch, Fortune, Forbes, Maxim, Car & Driver and more, at her portfolio site at abigailbassett.com. She has weathered the ups and downs in the economy and her freelance business continues to grow and thrive. Follow her on Twitter, Bluesky, or Instagram to find out more about her current assignments. And yes, she does apply for a lot of these jobs (in case you’re wondering). But mostly, she just wants to make the world a little bit better for journalists trying to make a living in the age of AI. (More on that soon…) She is available for commissions, so reach out!
Freelance Journalism Jobs & Pitch Requests
If you’re like me and love animals, this might be the perfect way to donate your time ($20 an hour is all they can pay but I’d charge them less!) to help out homeless animals.
Dedicated to highlighting the latest and greatest in personal technology since 2005, SlashGear covers everything from cutting-edge tech gear to the latest trends in digital lifestyle and the automotive industry. Distinctive, informative, and fresh, we’ll keep bringing you device information and reviews you can trust as well as thought-provoking commentary.
PEOPLE is looking for a freelance digital writer to join the website’s music team. This person will work alongside the team’s senior news editor and writer-reporter, producing content from 9:30 a.m./10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday. The ideal candidate should be motivated, have 1-3 years of experience writing news stories, and be comfortable working at an accelerated pace. A passion for the entertainment space is a must and experience covering breaking news is preferred. The writer will be responsible for writing 6-8 digital stories a day, as well as pitching ideas and helping out as needed with music award shows throughout the year. Precision, accuracy and impeccably clean copy are essential as well as fluency in SEO.
IT Brew is a B2B publication that covers all aspects of an IT professional’s job: from the ongoing shift of the responsibilities of IT departments due to remote working, to the impact of daily security threats, to the hardware and software needed for companies to exist in today’s age. This is a contract position beginning mid-July and continuing for 14 weeks.
We’re looking for a reporter to ideate, research, and create journalism to help take this vertical to the next level, and to help IT professionals make better decisions.
Morning Brew is based in New York City but this role is remote-friendly for all candidates.
*Editor note: U.S. News isn’t known for paying very well, but it offers an opportunity for a pretty good byline.
U.S. News & World Report is looking for experienced writers and editors to consistently assist with freelance projects. We’re seeking motivated individuals who are looking to utilize their editorial skills and build a long-standing relationship with the company.
*See editors note above*
This one’s a little odd since the listing is posted on Craigslist–but it seems like a legit opportunity.
They pay $1 a word and are seeking pitches on climate and decarbonization in the West.
Freelance Editing Jobs
EHG owns and operates the mental health wellness websites bphope (bipolar disorder) and hopetocope (depression & anxiety). These digital (websites & eNL) platforms are dedicated to educating and inspiring people living with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
bpHope and HopetoCope are looking for a part-time associate editor with a passion for mental health to write, edit, publish, and optimize original editorial content.
You have strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with a critical eye for detail. You have a genuine interest in the treatment and management of mental health conditions, and the ability to distill complex medical-based information into concise and engaging information for our audience.
Editor’s Note: Abigail has done work through Contently and it’s one of the better platforms for freelance writing and editing, though it does take time to set up a portfolio site.
Full-Time Journalism Jobs
This is a shift-based team, and we anticipate the hours for this role will be two-to-three weekdays from noon until 8 pm ET and Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm ET). There is some flexibility on the days of the week and the hours, with Saturday coverage being the priority.
Newsweek is looking for a Deputy Editor to join our U.S. National News editorial team.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience covering all aspects of U.S. news, from politics to culture to sport. Reporting to the Senior Editor, National News, they will be a digital native aware of the latest internet trends and conversations.
The candidate will be familiar responding to both breaking news and commissioning and overseeing originals and exclusives.
The Deputy Editor, National News will also be expected to write stories as and when required and edit reporters’ copy to a high standard. They will show sound editorial judgment.
Wirecutter is seeking a writer to keep our catalog of audio/video and smart home reviews useful and up-to-date. This writer may also produce original reviews and blog posts.
As an updates writer, you will report directly to the team’s senior editor, making changes to live content owned by this team both proactively and reactively. You will be directly involved in our cyclical planning process, collaborating with writers, editors, and our SEO team to map out and execute sweeps and updates for reviews and other posts, while also monitoring stock issues and other product news that affects our coverage.
Previous product reviewing experience is not required, but you should be passionate about helping people choose the right thing to buy. An interest in technology is a plus. You will work closely with other staff writers and editors on the audio/video and smart home team to gain reporting, testing, and writing experience. You will have opportunities to pitch, plan, test, write reviews and articles, and develop beat expertise.
This position can be done remotely.
You’re a financial writer who is deeply entrenched in market news. You’re driven to dig beneath headlines to understand what company news means for shareholders and the public; how the economy connects to the markets; how tech, social issues, and consumer trends shape business, and what private company innovation means for public markets. We are looking for a specialist to join the team, not a generalist – you should have a vision for all the ways existing coverage underserves modern audiences, and creative ideas on how to break through the noise.
This one pays well too: Up to $123,000 a year.
You’re a financial writer who understands the nuances and potential of options trading. You’re driven to lift the curtain on how money really moves in public, private, and retail markets, and have the industry experience to be an authoritative and reassuring voice to both newcomers and seasoned investors in the space. We are looking for a specialist to join the team, not a generalist – you should have a vision for all the ways existing coverage underserves modern audiences, and creative ideas on how to break through the noise.
Pay range is up to $123,000 per year.
PCMag is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic editor and leader to expand our coverage and take on special projects including building new editorial franchises and tentpole features. From shorter pieces that expound upon the news of the day and our monthly reader surveys to deep dives and smart, unique data-based stories and series, you’ll shape a dynamic world of content to complement our top-notch technology buying advice and reviews.
There are a handful of editorial jobs open at Bloomberg right now, including these two focused on tech & AI.
The Wall Street Journal is looking for a video journalist to join its global news operation in New York.
Video journalists are responsible for producing topical, quick-turn, news-focused videos. We’re looking for someone with a professional background in video journalism who demonstrates exceptional editing skills. This person, who will work Thursday through Monday, will join a team responsible for producing short, timely, accurate videos for our audience, as well as reformatting and reproducing our news videos for platforms such as YouTube Shorts, TikTok and Instagram Reels.
Excellent news judgment and the ability to react quickly are essential. Successful candidates will juggle many tasks and should be excited about covering the day’s news events across a variety of subjects.
Please note, this is not an entry-level position, and it is not a position producing documentaries. Because this is a role focused on producing timely news coverage, candidates need to show successful executions of projects that stand out in the 24/7 information cycle.
This position will be based in our New York City office and reports to the Weekend Supervising Producer.
To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter clearly outlining how your skills and experience meet or exceed the key candidate requirements, and links to five videos that represent the type of work described. Candidates who do not submit cover letters will not be considered.
Forbes seeks an enterprising senior writer to cover the world of finance and Wall Street, including private equity, hedge funds and banking.
This one is a good one, too. Its remote, and the listing says it pays up to $175,000 in salary.
The pay isn’t great, (max around $70k a year) but hey you get to write about fashion, beauty and travel.
Investopedia is seeking a contract news writer to cover breaking business news stories. You will exercise excellent journalistic reporter skills as you tackle assignments for stories about companies, financial markets, fiscal and monetary policy, and financial regulation, among other topics. The stories you tell will help active investors make unbiased and smart financial decisions about publicly traded companies, understand the regulatory landscape, and take action on market trends. A strong understanding of the finance world, particularly equities, is preferred.
Editor’s note: Only weird thing here is that they’re saying its a “contract” for 40 hours a week… which sounds to me like they’re trying to get out of paying benefits. Fair warning.
DETAILS: For The Win, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a leading voice for USA TODAY’s social sports website, For The Win.
The candidate should feel comfortable at the intersection of sports and internet and ready to react to the day’s news with a mixture of blog posts, columns, listicles, photo galleries and other story formats. A digital native, the candidate would constantly be exploring new ways to share content with our audience, both on platform and off.
We want someone who can be creative, write in a conversational style and deliver sharp headlines. SEO experience and a strong social media presence are a plus.
While expertise in one sport is great, we want someone who is interested in a little bit of everything and doesn’t fear writing on a variety of topics. The position demands initiative, accuracy, urgency and insight, as well as the ability to identify stories that fit our audience. Quick writing and reporting skills are crucial.
This person can juggle a high volume of stories on a daily basis with aplomb while optimizing each post for a digital audience.
This role can work remote from any US state, except for Alaska and Hawaii.
Tesla is looking for a Copywriter (LA-based)
Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. With global temperatures rising, the faster we free ourselves from fossil fuel reliance and achieve a zero-emission future, the better. In pursuit of this mission, we make electric vehicles that are not just great EVs, but the best vehicles, period. We also produce and install infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products that help our customers further reduce their environmental impact.
As a Copywriter, you will be responsible for defining and upholding the Tesla tone of voice across all customer-facing content—inclusive of our customer communications, web pages, vehicle user interface and app/web experience.
This role is on-site at our Design Studio in Los Angeles and reports to the Content & Copy Manager.
Editors note: This pays up to $210,000 per year…but then you have to deal with Elon and all his psychopathology.
The San Diego Union-Tribune is looking for a journalist with a passion for arts and entertainment to join the A&E staff.
We are looking for a versatile journalist who can tackle a variety of stories under the A&E umbrella.
We cover a great arts and cultural landscape that includes a world-class symphony, top-tier theaters, exceptional museums and Michelin-starred restaurants. As a result, the new reporter must be proficient in covering everything from theater features and reviews to museum and art exhibit previews, to profiles and obituaries on local arts figures, occasional restaurant features and general-assignment breaking arts news.
The position would also include the requirement to write weekly calendar listing files on happenings in the classical music, visual art, theater and restaurant fields.
Because of the breadth of coverage required, we are looking for a motivated and highly productive reporter capable of filing a story every day, and also available to review theater engagements on weekend and sometimes weekday nights. Excellent deadline performance will be a key component of success in this job.
In addition, this reporter must be self-starter who’s well-versed in finding new and innovative ways to tell a story, especially for a digital audience.