Here’s a curated list of the best freelance journalism jobs from around the web, for the week of June 11, 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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Apply to these gigs through the provided, direct links.
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This week’s listings include new, high-profile jobs and gigs from TechCrunch, Wirecutter, Yahoo!, Spy, New Republic, Sierra Magazine, Viator Travel, Surfer.com, Lux Magazine, Insider, The Financial Times Magazine, and many more!
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).
A QUICK NOTE TO EDITORS SEEKING PITCHES & OUTLETS SEEKING FREELANCERS:
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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 & Calls For Pitches
Call for pitches: Earth in Color (focused on the intersection of Blackness and Greeness) is looking for pitches for a project that will be published in partnership with Grist looking at Black foodways as a means of empowering healthy, just, sustainable futures. They’re looking for pitches for features exploring the connections between climate change and food systems and looking at individuals/communities building a more just and sustainable food system, as well as actionable explainers and profiles of individuals. They’re mostly focused on stories in the NY metro area for this project, but would consider kick ass pitches from other places.
Here’s the deets: https://lnkd.in/eE8WbxZN
This role will be instrumental in the development and execution of stories, series, and editorial packages both within and beyond the newsletter.
The ideal candidate is passionate about how financial markets and economic systems affect the everyperson’s wallet. You should be able to deftly communicate insights using data analysis, reporting, and research. This role will ask you to explain the seemingly unexplainable (what is tax-loss harvesting, really?) with precision, clarity, and commitment to accuracy. You’ll also be expected to do so with a strong, memorable voice. We aim to never be boring or stuffy—no small task for a topic like this.
*Editors Note: If you don’t subscribe to the Morning Brew you should.
PEOPLE is looking for digital news writers to join the website, working Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm ET. PEOPLE as a brand covers 16 different verticals, so this person needs to be comfortable writing everything from entertainment, royals and lifestyle content to crime, human interest and political stories. This is a fast-paced newsroom, so speed is essential, as is an ability to handle a volume of 5-7 stories a day, while still delivering everything clean, sharp, and accurate. This person must also be fluent in SEO and analytics.
The ideal candidate should have 2-3 years of experience writing digital news stories at a national level. A passion for breaking news is a must and experience covering the entertainment industry is preferred, but not required.
You’ll need to put in a formal application at the link above, though.
See the LinkedIn request above!
Harriet Fitch Little, Food and Drink Editor at FT Magazine, is looking for pitches:
I want FT Magazine to be the place that great writers pitch their best ideas that relate, however unexpectedly, to food and drink. If you’re a great narrative reporter, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dotdash Meredith is looking for a remote editor to update and write timely content for Better Homes & Gardens. As a news update writer, you will pitch, write, evaluate and update content, and work in the CMS to make those updates. Successful candidates for this position will be passionate and knowledgeable about home, garden, and other lifestyle content, and have morning availability in the Eastern Time Zone.
Magic at the Margins is seeking food pitches ($1 a word!)
SPY.com is looking for diligent reporters to pitch, write, and investigate compelling stories in the home and style vertical. This is a freelance position, and writers will be paid per commissioned story at a rate commensurate with experience and length. SPY is a mens-focused lifestyle site helping readers shop smarter and improve their style by investigating trends and the state of home and fashion.
The editorial team at HotCars.com is looking for passionate gearheads to write Features Articles about the latest happenings in the automotive world, as well as provide insight and fresh takes on the classic cars and trucks we all know and love.
Are you a dynamic and driven writer, who is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest automotive trends? Do you keep up to date with all the new features and specs on the latest models? If so, then you are just what we’re looking for at HotCars! We are looking for a Freelance Features Writer who is able to contribute daily to our site.
Editor’s Note: HotCars is trying to revitalize their brand. It’s not a great site right now. Maybe you can help improve it!
Full Time Journalism & Editing Jobs
The Personal Finance content team produces reference articles and guides that, in addition to the news team’s daily coverage, ensure that Yahoo Finance offers the broadest, most reliable and useful information about its audiences’ most important financial decisions and opportunities. The Personal Finance content team is focused on producing articles, calculators and other tools that help consumers understand their money and make smart decisions to increase their wealth. We’re looking for enthusiastic, empathetic teammates who relish the challenge of helping people understand and navigate the uncertain financial world we live in. To work with us, you should be enthusiastic about writing an article to help someone find the best travel credit card, working with the product team to build a balance transfer calculator or collaborating on a search optimization project to make our work easier to find online.
Dotdash Meredith is looking for a remote content update editor for InStyle. Candidates should have experience writing or editing beauty, lifestyle, and fashion articles. Update editors may revise outdated information, polish dull or error-ridden copy, and expand text to ensure articles are detailed and comprehensive.
The Flex Manager, Assistant Editor will help write, edit, and update editorial content for Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, the online travel magazine and editorial voice of Marriott Bonvoy, to enable increased distribution of and engagement with editorial content across the customer journey. They will bring a strong understanding of search engine optimization (SEO) best practices while maintaining an authentic, reader-centric editorial point of view.
The national trending team creates urgent, smart and innovative stories that reach readers on multiple platforms, illuminating and elevating the most important stories across the nation. We respond to the biggest breaking news moments, surging to support USA TODAY and more than 200 local news organizations as we bring reporting and writing resources to bear for communities nationwide. Our approach is driven by a depth of knowledge about readers — metrics and analytics help us anticipate coverage opportunities that can reach millions of people.
Our reporters have strong news judgment and the highest journalism standards. We file accurate, concise and clean copy on tight deadlines and enjoy building on breaking news with smart quick-turn enterprise ideas.
This position is a remote role.
Yahoo is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced beauty editor to join its Commerce Content team. We’re looking for a whip-smart commerce-content editor with a passion for beauty — and the chops to speak to a broad, aged 40-65+ audience in a compelling, authentic voice. In this fast-paced environment, you’ll be the lead editor for the beauty category, primarily focused on trying and testing products, and creating SEO-focused product reviews, best lists, trend coverage and roundups — as well as shopping events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. The right candidate is nimble enough to write and edit hands-on product reviews, trend pieces, and long-form roundups. Sense of humor, a spark, and warmth are key. Commerce content experience is a must, and a background in service journalism for a 40-65+ audience is a huge plus.
Grist is seeking a Senior Audience Producer to join the organization’s Innovation & Growth team. The Senior Audience Producer will work across the organization to reach and engage readers with Grist’s journalism, wherever they may find it – including, but not limited to, search, social, and newsletters.
TMZ is looking for a Editor to work in our fast-paced, TV news production environment. This role is responsible for editing content for multiple television shows as well as other creative projects. The Editor prepares and edits video procured from multiple sources for broadcast and website publication. It is vital for this person to be an engaging storyteller, who can produce (preditor) and piece together interesting stories within extremely tight daily deadlines. Must be highly proficient with Adobe Premiere, a Mac and PC user, and should be comfortable with basic aspects of computing, including Slack, MS Office Suite and navigating the internet. This position reports into the Supervising Producer and is located in Los Angeles, CA.
Reuters is seeking an experienced energy journalist to write exclusive, forward-looking feature articles on the Renewable Energy industry.
These Industry Insight articles will form a core part of the Reuters Professional service that provides cutting-edge intelligence to companies, enabling them to make smart strategic decisions and navigate disrupted markets.
This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver global insight and analysis to the huge range of companies driving the Energy Transition. You will gain access to business executives and market leading reports and establish yourself as a leading voice in Renewable Energy.
Your industry-shaping articles will conform to the highest journalistic standards set out in the Reuters Trust principles and be published on Reuters.com.
Wirecutter is seeking an updates writer to keep our catalog of health, fitness, and baby & kid 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 health, fitness, and/or baby and kid gear is a plus. You will work closely with other staff writers and editors on the team to gain reporting, testing, and writing experience. You will have opportunities to pitch, plan, test, and write reviews and articles, and develop beat expertise.
We are recruiting a highly experienced copy editor to join the Content Division, to structure, fact check, and polish Daily Kos staff stories. The ideal candidate is obsessive about the details and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma.
Sierra’s Story Editor plays a central role in shaping the magazine’s editorial mix. The Story Editor collaborates with the other editors to acquire, conceive, and develop feature stories, short articles, and essays for our print quarterly and online edition. The Story Editor is expected to be a writer and to contribute regularly to the print and online editions. The Story Editor is always on the lookout for new writers and is alert to juicy stories that are lurking on the horizon and waiting to be discovered. Apply here. (Pay starts at $70k)
The Arena Group is seeking a niche outdoors-loving Contract News Writer with excellent writing skills and online know-how to join our team at Surfer.com. The News Writer will be responsible for producing quick-turnaround, 250-350 word articles on a daily basis, which will be assigned each morning by the Trending News Editor.
*Editor note: Pay is not good at $25 per hour
The Seattle Aquarium, a leading marine conservation organization, seeks a full-time writer to join the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations (MarComPR) team. In this role, you will work with Aquarium colleagues to write and edit copy that is accurate and inspiring. Your work will support the Aquarium’s public communications, fundraising, advocacy and engagement with communities that have traditionally been marginalized from marine conservation work, including the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disability and other communities. You will be part of a communications group within the larger MarComPR team that handles a high volume of content and messaging-related projects.
Editor’s note: This is SERIOUSLY my dream retirement job