Here’s a curated list of the best freelance journalism jobs from around the web, for the week of June 23, 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 the LA Times, Vox, Abercrombie & Fitch, BBC, The Telegraph, Sundance, People, TimeOut, Slate, Morning Brew, People, Forbes and many more!
These jobs are sourced through a variety of outlets (and platforms) both through my own research but also through this curated list of my favorite writers, editors and freelancers on Twitter (which you can follow or request to be added to).
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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 has been a freelance journalist since 2014, and has successfully weathered the ups and downs of the media world and journalism. She has bylines with everyone from Car & Driver and Motor Trend, to Elle Magazine, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic, Fortune, Fast Company and more!
In addition to her freelance career, Abigail spent ten years as a senior producer at CNN in New York, a when she began her successful freelance journalism career ten years ago. Abigail is a skilled moderator, interviewer, and 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.
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.
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. She is available for commissions, so reach out!
Freelance Journalism Jobs & Calls For Pitches
Guardian US is seeking an experienced environment editor to commission for two series, America’s Dirty Divide and Climate Crimes, and be part of the overall environment editing mix. Dirty Divide examines the country’s vast environmental inequalities and how climate change could make things worse, while the Climate Crimes series reports on the power of the fossil fuel industry and the efforts to hold it, and its enablers, to account. The goal for both projects is to run an ambitious mix of features, investigations, news stories, and visual and interactive content, and to lead the conversation around these issues and drive impact.
The role will involve assigning and editing stories – publishing about four per month for each series – as well as collaborating with other editors who are also involved with them. While there are some guidelines for what we should be covering, the editor should have a vision for the series, and will expand on these guidelines as their interests and the news cycle suggest. There are some staff reporters connected with the projects, but freelancers play a significant role, and the editor will need to cultivate a network of writers.
This role is open to candidates based anywhere in the US. The Guardian has bureaus in New York City, Washington DC and Los Angeles, and editors living near one of our offices come into the office two days a week. Fully remote employees in other locations will be expected to attend some team gatherings in New York throughout the year.
Editor’s Note: Salary range is $95,000 to $110,000 which sounds pretty low for the amount of work they’re asking for.
Everyday Health Group (EHG) is a recognized leader in patient and provider education and services, attracting an engaged audience of over 74 million health consumers and over 890,000 U.S. practicing physicians and clinicians. Our mission is to drive better clinical and health outcomes through decision-making informed by highly relevant information, data, and analytics. We empower healthcare providers, consumers, and payers with trusted content and services delivered through Everyday Health Group’s world-class brands.
Editor’s Note: Pay is rather dismal at $20 to $28
Editor’s Note: This is an older tweet, but it’s recently been amplified by a number of folks on Twitter. Safe to assume they’re still looking for pitches!
Logic(s) is looking for pitches (pay is $3-$4 k per story)
Are you a freelance writer, professor or researcher interested in writing opinion columns with a business, economic or policy focus?
I oversee Bloomberg Opinion’s culture coverage, and I’m looking for strong, op-eds on music, politics, fashion, media, race and identity, food, social media, tech and marketing.
Think you might have a pitch but not quite sure it’s the right fit? Here are 5 helpful questions to ask yourself:
1) Do you have the expertise to write on the topic?
2) Does it have a timely news peg?
3) Are you clearly stating a problem or challenge?
4) Do you have a meaningful recommendation to address #3?
5) Do you have a perspective that isn’t already out there?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, email me at: Jwilliam1011@bloomberg.net. No DMs please.
Complex is looking for a freelance News Editor to work with our News team in covering a variety of breaking news stories for Complex.com that align with the brand and audience. Reporting directly to the News Director, the freelance News Editor will assign and edit a team of news freelancers to consistently execute news coverage at an exceptional level. The ideal candidate will use their journalistic experience and knowledge of the Complex audience to source and select content to promote, with an emphasis on quality, accuracy, and context.
BT Media, the parent company of International Business Times, a global online news publication, is looking for reporters to join its Breaking News team. These reporters are charged with covering the biggest stories in the world as they are happening. Our focus is domestic and international business, finance, political and trending news.
These reporters can either work out of our office in New York City’s Financial District or from their home.
Morning Brew seeks an energetic and enthusiastic writer to cover personal finance for our Money Scoop newsletter, which uses wit and smarts to help 350,000+ subscribers get the most out of their money.
Money Scoop was founded on the belief that millennials don’t actually spend money all that differently than the generations before them; they just have less of it. Which means they want more tips and tricks to make money work for them beyond the basics. Money Scoop offers accessible, judgment-free guidance on how to evaluate, then decisively take, those next steps.
If you’re interested in Wall Street scoops and financial scandals, this isn’t the job for you. But if investing, taxes, jobs reports, budgeting, credit cards, and retirement savings excite you, this is where it’s at.
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.
Hims & Hers is seeking a Freelance Blog Writer to join our Editorial Content team as an independent contractor. Do you love scouring the internet for the latest, greatest, or sometimes strangest ways to keep your hair looking and feeling its best? Are you interested in dissecting and discussing the latest industry research to help people learn about their mental health? Does the thought of folks finding the right treatments to overcome their struggles in the bedroom make you feel warm and tingly?
Specifically, we’re looking for journalists, blog writers, columnists and creative writers who are passionate about everything health — hair care, mental health, sex, etc.
Editor’s Note: Pay is $400-$500 per article, no details on word count or interviews required.
The Manual is looking for an innovative, experienced, engaged Copy Editor to help with content updates across our site!
You should be team-oriented with exceptional organizational skills. Must be able to work within our tech-centric platforms (Teams, Asana, WordPress), be willing to continually learn, adapt to a changing environment as unique needs arise, and step in where help is needed. Prior experience with WordPress is crucial. Must manage multiple projects/tasks in a structured environment without missing deadlines.
We’re looking for a proficient editor with a passion for improving content, educating readers, and enhancing article formatting on our sites. Considering what will give readers the best experience is a must, as is the ability to vet existing content for clarity and comprehensiveness.
The ideal candidate is an experienced Copy Editor who wants to dive right into helping our editorial team update existing content on our site. Our framework makes the work simple so you can be effective.
Editor’s Note: Digital Trends, unfortunately is not known for paying much. Proceed at your own risk.
PEOPLE is looking for a 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.
Editor’s Note: Sadly it looks like the editor has now taken her posts private. If you want to pitch Jenny Zhang at Slate, dig up her email.
The Festival UX Writer is charged with writing and editing clear and simple UX copy on the 2024 online Festival platform (festival.sundance.org) and related Festival marketing promotional assets. The UX writer will also work in the platform backend/Content Management System (CMS) to input copy and make regular updates to the website as necessary, ensuring all copy is proofread, updated, and clear for our audiences to understand.
Working closely under the direction of the Associate Director, Marketing, the Festival UX writer supports Sundance Institute’s commitment to rally our community in support of independent storytelling, as the Festival brings artists and audiences together for the premiere of groundbreaking work.
This temporary position works full-time from Monday, July 24, 2023 through Tuesday, January 30, 2024 and will be required to work extended hours, including some evenings, weekends, and holidays to meet key deadlines and respond to on-call needs as assigned. This is a fully remote position that does not require any onsite work duties.
Full-Time Journalism Jobs
Consumer Reports , one of the world’s most influential mission-driven testing and media organizations, reaches more than 6 million members a month through its digital and print media platforms. We’re looking for a writer/reporter/content packager who can develop consumer-facing content on a variety of topics, including home, autos, health, and babies.Reporting to the Managing Editor, Rapid Response Team, you will help with CR’s audience growth by producing content with a focus on younger and more diverse audiences. We want this content creator to showcase the product testing, real-life evaluation, and expertise CR is famous for, and also report on the trends that may affect readers right now.
Under our CRFlex program, this is a hybrid position and is eligible for remote work up to 80%. The successful candidate must reside within 75 miles of one of our main office locations (Yonkers, NY, Washington DC, Colchester CT).
Editor’s Note: Bummer that they don’t offer truly remote work. Salary is meh at $110,000.
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.
As a digital publisher that reaches millions per month, Dotdash Meredith has the power and responsibility to create positive change. We are focusing our hiring efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion to build a team that reflects our mission for racial equity in everything we do.
We are looking for editors who can commit to 20-40 hours a week of work. The rate for this position is $28-$30 per hour. Applicants must live in the United States or Canada.
Editor’s Note: These rates are pretty sorry.
The Communications Division uses creative and strategic tools to further the mission of the National Geographic Society (NGS), while maintaining our place as one of the world’s most trusted non-profit organizations and global brands. The team’s creative minds develop and execute mission-driven, on-brand and strategic communications, marketing, creative and impact media for the NGS and amplify this content on our own channels, across National Geographic Partners (NGP) and through outside partners and earned media. The team is composed of six integrated departments: Engagement and Marketing Strategy, Brand & Creative, Strategic Communications, Executive Communications, and Content and Editorial Strategy.
Reporting to the Vice President of Executive Communications, the Senior Writer, Executive Communications will fill a critical role as a principal writer and thought partner to increase the executive visibility of the Society’s primary ambassador, its CEO. The role will provide writing support and counsel for all communications on behalf of the CEO and other senior leaders, as necessary.
Editor’s note: Salary is $110,000
The Editor-in-Chief is the single source responsible for guiding and maintaining the day-to-day processes involved with creation and publication of specialized technical editorial content for print, digital, and online web-basedaudiences and overseeing the subsequent production of that material for a monthly print magazine and other SAE Media Group (SMG) products. In coordination with the editorial director, the Editor-in-Chief also is responsible for planning future editorial coverage and content and personally creating writing a variable amount of content in a variety of formats for cross-platform use. both digital (website) and print products.
The role of Copy Director on the A&F Co. Creative Marketing team will focus on the overarching storytelling of our Abercrombie & Fitch adults and abercrombie kids’s brands across seasonal campaigns, weekly channels and our social pod. Working closely with the VP of Creative and directors of Design and Content, this role will specialize in the creation of exciting, on-brand copy to appear on various platforms, both digital and print. Successful candidates will have a passion for our brand, a dynamic voice and in-depth knowledge of fashion and retail trends and a perfectionist nature. Leading the A&F copywriters, this role must possess perfect editing and grammar skills and be able to direct and inspire the team to write short, smart, snappy copy that has a clear point of view and a recognizable voice for our family of brands, or clear and direct technical features and benefits that cut through the noise on site and paid media. The ideal applicant is curious, energetic, optimistic, solution oriented, works well under pressure and is highly collaborative.
The Content Writer is responsible for writing and producing engaging collateral that drives key organizational messages and initiatives and elevates Public Sector Business Unit reputation for thought leadership. The Content Writer will produce short form and long form copy for various channels ranging from public relations, social media ads, to longer descriptive white papers. The Content Writer compiles and organizes compelling messaging to Public Sector’s target audience through marketing strategies. Works cross functionally to support deliverables amongst Sales, Services, and Product departments.
Editor’s note: Salary max of $132,000
Sandy Hook Promise(SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings,
and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving evidence-informedKnow the Signsprevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, bipartisan organization that supports sensible policy solutions that address the human side of gun violence and make schools safer.
SHP is seeking a full-time communications manager to help garner media, develop and strengthen community partnerships, and operationalize the tracking of earned media and research. The person in this role will be an ambassador for the organization on a local and regional level, interacting with local media to advocate for program, campaign, and event coverage, as well as supporting partners in cross-promotional opportunities.
The role reports to the Associate Vice President of Communications and works closely with the Marketing and Policy departments, interacting regularly with the Digital, Policy, Development, and Program teams.
The ideal candidate must have exceptional communications skills including writing, speaking, and active listening and proven ability to collaborate, understand and incorporate feedback, and manage relationships to deliver measurable results. As a participant in the rapid response team, this work requires quick turnaround on written materials while managing multiple on-going projects. Therefore, strong attention to detail and project management skills are paramount.
The Messenger is looking for a gearhead to lead its U.S. auto coverage. You will know the difference between torque and horsepower and how each is measured. You will know the difference between Tesla’s production and delivery numbers and will be able to explain what it means to consumers when they are up or down.
You will know all the lead product managers at GM, Ford, Tesla and Stellantis (and will have their personal cells on speed dial). You’ll have a list of inside contacts at the UAW and other labor unions and will scoop news of pending discord ahead of competitors. You’ll have contacts at the newest EV makers as well as the bankruptcy attorneys wrapping up last year’s hottest SPACs and IPOs. You’ll be able to take all of that expertise to quickly turn the latest breaking news or in-depth feature – all with eloquence and authority.
Editor’s Note: Do your research about the ownership of this outlet. Has some seriously conservative ties, but the pay is up to $150,000.
This deputy will oversee the department’s day-to-day operations within the Entertainment, Envelope, Lifestyle, Food, West Coast Experiences and Image departments.
This is a role for someone with a clear artistic vision, who would feel energized by the opportunity to push our photography to be even more cutting edge, experimental and reflective of Los Angeles and its creative community. They should have strong news judgment and confidence about what types of photography projects will help us deepen our relationship with Southern California readers.
This is a management position, and the deputy editor will be a part of the leadership team. Management experience or time spent managing photo editors, staff and freelance photographers or sets is a must. The ideal candidate should also have experience setting deadlines, managing a budget and creating coverage plans.
The deputy editor is expected to be a partner to stakeholders across the newsroom with a collaborative and energizing approach to executing our photography vision. That means being a cool-headed problem-solver who can listen and take feedback and build consensus for the best idea.
Editor’s Note: Pay is up to $150,000
At Vox, we take audiences from curiosity to understanding, and we’re looking for an Editorial Director to oversee our shows about science, philosophy, and uncertainty: Unexplainable and The Gray Area. Unexplainable is our narrative show about the unknown, focusing on scientific mysteries. The Gray Area is our in-depth interview show featuring philosophical conversations around the biggest issues of our time. Both shows have at their core a sense of curiosity and intellectual humility.
Editor’s Note: Pay may go as high as $150,000.
n this role, you’ll be responsible for contributing to and executing on our strategy for delivering impactful consumer banking content as relates to savings accounts, checking accounts, CDs, money market accounts, fintech and more using SEO and editorial best practices to edit articles that are highly visible on organic search and a variety of other digital channels.
As an editor, you will be responsible for assigning content, updating existing stories, editing articles from both staff and freelance writers, and collaborating with the editorial and SEO teams on content creation. The ideal candidate will be a capable editorial people leader who has solid editing skills, a knack for keeping up with what’s trending in the personal finance category, and a passion for creating content that helps consumers.
Editor’s Note: Pay for this spot is estimated to be up to $102,000 per year.
The RealDeal is looking for a News Editor (in NY or remote)
The Real Deal’s editors oversee content on TheRealDeal.com and in our monthly magazine. Editors work with reporters on a day-to-day basis to perfect the content and copy of news articles and features. The Real Deal looks for editors to be newsroom leaders, capable of assigning stories and guiding journalists through the reporting process. Editors must have excellent editorial judgement, strong communication skills, and flawless grammar.
This role will work closely with the New York team, focusing on reporters on the commercial real estate beat.
This role will focus on The Real Deal’s monthly magazine, spearheading the assignment, oversight, and editing of features, profiles and investigations for our flagship product.
As a Senior Editor of Insurance Product Reviews, you will assign and edit product reviews, comparisons, and “best of” lists of consumer and small business insurance products. You will be responsible for making sure we have the most thorough, well-researched, reliable, and insightful insurance content to educate and empower readers so they can take the next step, whatever it is.
The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of insurance products—especially life insurance and Medicare—and have demonstrated experience creating reviews of insurance companies, as well as of comparative ratings and “top” lists of various insurance products. Such products include life insurance, health insurance, Medicare, travel insurance, home warranties, and commercial insurance.
Editor’s Note: Pay rate goes up to $108,000 per year.
Forbes Vetted is seeking an experienced updates writer to join our growing ecommerce editorial team.
The updates writer will augment and optimize published evergreen content, aiming to maintain and improve content quality, conversion and rank across relevant categories (fashion, beauty and travel). A successful candidate will be a master at balancing strategy and creativity, with the ability to apply SEO best practices within commerce and informational content in a reader-focused way. Time management and prioritization skills are a must for this role, as it involves juggling a number of high-priority stories across sections. The updates writer for fashion, beauty and travel should also be experienced covering topics within these verticals; formal product testing experience in any of the above areas is a plus. This role will report to the Forbes Vetted updates editor, but involves collaboration with relevant category editors and the SEO and data teams.
Editor’s Note: This one has been around for awhile, so I’m not sure what the deal is. It popped up as “new” again on LinkedIn which likely indicates that they haven’t found anyone for the spot. Pay rate is VERY low ($60,000-$70,000)