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Freelance Writing, Editing and Journalism Jobs, for the Week ending June 30

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Here’s a curated list of the best freelance journalism jobs from around the web, for the week of June 30, 2023.

All jobs pay a minimum of $1 a word, or offer a fantastic byline opportunity (for less) 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.

Inclusion does not equal endorsement.

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 Lonely Planet, Salon, Bloomberg, NPR/Marketplace, The Morning Brew, Salon, TODAY, Travel & Leisure, Axios, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, and many more! Some of these gigs pay up to $175,000 or more for full time work.

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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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. She subscribes to a number of pay-for-access job sites and newsletters, and she digs up these gigs on everything from Twitter and LinkedIn to FlexJobs, Glassdoor, and Indeed because she believes in two tenets:

  1. Experienced freelance journalists should be paid a fair wage for their work.
  2. 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!

Lonely Planet is looking for a freelance destination editor

Lonely Planet, a global travel media company, is seeking a talented Destination Editor with a passion for travel and extensive experience managing projects and collaborating with authors and contributors to create engaging and informative content.

As a contract Destination Editor, you will be responsible for commissioning and managing the development of guidebooks, from ideation to publication, ensuring that they meet Lonely Planet’s standards for accuracy, readability and quality. You will also conceptualize, commission, edit and write travel articles for lonelyplanet.com.

In this role, you will work closely with authors, contributors, and other team members to develop and create compelling content. You will develop and maintain relationships with key travel industry contacts and freelancers, ensuring that all content meets the brand’s style, tone and editorial guidelines.

Well & Good is Looking for a Freelance Commerce Editor

Hi friends! Well+Good is looking for reliable freelance writers and editors who have experience with updating commerce content. Specifically: you’re familiar with affiliate platforms and commission rates, you enjoy testing and researching new brands in the lifestyle space (think beauty, shoes, athleisure, kitchen, fitness, etc.), know the ins and outs of SEO, have a Rolodex of experts you can reach out to for recommendations and quotes, and can hit deadlines. If this sounds like you, shoot me an email and we’ll chat. (See the details via the Linkedin Post)

Time Magazine is seeking an editor to manage a short term project

Axios is looking for a part-time (contract) breaking news writer

Axios is a thriving, fast-growing media organization dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news in an audience-first format. We’re looking for some part-time reporting help on the breaking news desk at Axios. You’d be working with a great team of reporters and editors on a shift schedule. 

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.

Editor’s Note: Read the fine print, this is a weekday to weekend role, and it only pays a measly $35 per hour, though it does say you get some limited health care benefits, and a work-from-home stipend.

Bloomberg is looking for a 12-month contract journalist to write Obits

Bloomberg News is seeking a skilled freelance writer to create engaging and meticulously researched life stories of influential figures in business, finance, government, economics, and technology. These narratives will be published as obituaries when the need arises. Our obituaries go beyond conventional wisdom and mythology, providing readers with well-attributed details and enlightening anecdotes sourced from news archives, books, oral histories, and other reputable sources.

Discover Magazine put out some new guidlines for pitches

Frequency: 6 issues/year

Payment: For print, on completion of editing on a story draft. For web, on publication. (No need to submit an invoice for either print or web.)

Pay Rate: For print, starting at $1/word. For web, typically $300/story.

Rights Purchased: For print, 90-day exclusivity and non-exclusive perpetual rights. For web, 365-day exclusivity and non-exclusive perpetual rights.

The Spectator is looking for Lifestyle Pitches

Editor’s Note: The Spectator is a conservative outlet. Boris Johnson used to be an editor, if that gives you an idea…Proceed at your own risk and remember, inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement.

The Manual is Looking for Freelance Liquor & Spirits Reporters

You should be team-oriented with exceptional organizational skills and a self-starter mentality. You must be able to work within our tech-centric platforms, possess a willingness to continually learn, adapt to a changing environment as editorial needs change, and step in where help is needed. Prior experience with WordPress is a must-have trait.   

Great candidates can manage multiple assignments/tasks in a structured environment without missing deadlines.  

Each month, you will be assigned evergreen content which is optimized to rank for SEO. Writers are also encouraged to pitch content!   

We need a liquor and spirits writer who can pitch and write news articles with a quick turnaround, craft great evergreens (including how-to articles), cover emerging and popular trends, liaise with experts, and write exquisite guides for readers. There will also be opportunities to review products and take trips! 

Editor’s Note: Digital Trends (which owns The Manual) is notorious for paying very low rates. Be warned.

The Manual is also Looking for a Part-Time Copy Editor

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: Expect really low pay for this gig, too.

Stylist is looking for Pitches on Mental Health

Editor’s Note: This is an older tweet but it’s recently been amplified.

Investors Business Daily (Dow Jones) is looking for a Technology Writer & Reporter

Investor’s Business Daily, a Dow Jones company, is seeking a Technology Reporter/Writer to produce articles and related content for an audience of mostly self-directed investors. Our goal is to deliver news, stock analysis, market insights and educational content that help IBD customers make more money in the stock market. This position can be remote from select U.S. locations, although working at IBD’s Los Angeles headquarters also is an option.

The Technology Reporter/Writer will join a team of reporters covering breaking news and trends affecting the most important players in the technology business. You’ll have a core beat to cover, including high-profile companies, but you’ll also cover companies that are less known but leading the stock market. The ideal candidate will bring a strong understanding of important technologies, industry trends, business fundamentals and company earnings statements, along with excellent writing skills and the ability to quickly produce sharp and well-optimized daily stories while juggling longer-term assignments. The position offers the opportunity to further build investing expertise. You’ll be able to participate in the success of your content through various bonus incentives.

Editor’s Note: Pay range is HUGE between $50,000 (do not take this job at this rate) and $180,000.

TODAY is looking for a Parent’s Reporter

Want to work with one of America’s most beloved and trusted brands? The TODAY Digital team is looking for a proven, innovative reporter to join its high-performing Parents team. The role will be responsible for covering hot topics and trending news in the parenting realm while also focusing on continuing to diversity the team’s SEO efforts.The person in this role will divide their time between trending parenting news and SEO parenting stories. They should feel comfortable working closely with our SEO team to produce a high volume of targeted SEO stories on parenting topics, while being able to quickly jump on trending, daily stories — all while balancing long-term, high-impact projects. We’re looking for a confident, experienced reporter who is open to guidance and editing that will help you grow, as well as someone with an eye for storytelling and unique perspectives that will resonate with our audience. This person should be a self-starter with a positive attitude who is ready to join a supportive team of journalists that can tackle any topic!This position is represented by the NewsGuild-CWA.

Editor’s Note: Pay range is relatively low: $100,000 is listed as the max.

The Morning Brew is Looking for a Retail Reporter
Retail Brew keeps nearly 150,000 retail professionals up to date on the latest news and analysis from across the retail sector. From supply chain and logistics to the customer experience and all points in between, Retail Brew explores how the retail industry navigates the ongoing changes and challenges of the modern world. We’re looking for a reporter to ideate, research, and create journalism to help take this vertical to the next level.

  • Pitch, report, and write stories and other associated content for the Retail Brew newsletter, which goes out every weekday.
  • Generate ideas for and lead/co-lead creation of non-newsletter editorial initiatives, enterprise pieces, and evergreen content.
  • Conduct research to support creation of key stories and inform longer-term projects.

NPR’s Marketplace (APM) is looking for a Social Media Producer

What you’ll do:

  • Concept, write, produce, and execute platform-specific content across platforms.
  • Manage relationships and work collaboratively with newsroom partners to help ensure social marketing campaigns meet our goals and are up to standard.
  • Help Marketplace realize its full audience potential by helping create dynamic campaigns that drive to business goals.
  • Generate new ideas for building account engagement and growth.
  • Take on social projects from conception to execution.
  • Work with the head of social to help set and track social audience goals.
  • Use data to inform how we create social content and serve our audience
  • Stay ahead of the curve on social marketing best practices.
  • Develop and ensure consistent voice and branding across our social platforms.
  • Help direct the work of the associate social producer.

Editor’s Note: APM says that the minimum hourly rate for this gig is around $40 per hour. Definitely negotiate for more.

USA Today is Looking for a Breaking News Editor

USA TODAY/usatoday.com, is seeking a digital-first Breaking News Editor who can deliver timely, topical and smart breaking news stories. 

This Breaking News Editor will identify timely stories of interest to our audiences using news judgment, as well as the latest trends, metrics and social tools to find stories that will resonate. We want someone who can work calmly under tight deadlines and help reporters deliver scoops, dig up documents, be creative, think about storytelling on different platforms and deliver sharp headlines. Sometimes this person will pitch in and report and write when needed.

The position demands initiative, accuracy, urgency, flexibility and insight. This editor loves covering news in any format, including live blogs, listicles, quick enterprise stories and news alerts. They excel at SEO and put the audience first. This person will also work regularly with reporters and editors across the USA TODAY Network to identify national stories and publish them on USATODAY.com. They are a strong communicator who works well with other editors and reporters and plans ahead, thinking about what the big story will be next week, next month and next season.

Remote candidates in any state except Alaska & Hawaii are welcome.

Editor’s Note: Miniumum salary is $95,000.

Forbes is looking for a Markets & Investing Senior Reporter

Forbes seeks an enterprising senior writer to cover the world of finance and Wall Street, including private equity, hedge funds and banking.

Editor’s Note: Estimated salary is between $115,000 and $175,000

Forbes is also seeking a Sleep & Mattress Editor

Working in conjunction with the category’s other mattress & sleep editor, this role will be responsible for overseeing all Forbes Vetted mattress & sleep content, which includes “best list” product guides, retailer news, tested product reviews, “versus” product-comparison posts, how-tos and product odes. The ideal candidate is a subject matter expert with direct prior experience writing and editing mattress reviews, who can discuss the topic from a health and wellness perspective. You’ll work closely with the content strategy team to optimize evergreen mattress guides, the deals editor to assign, write, and edit mattress deals, the distribution team to assist with sleep-focused social media and newsletter content and the reviews editor to produce hands-on tested product reviews of mattresses and other sleep products. The mattress & sleep editor reports to the Forbes Vetted deputy editor.

Editor’s Note: Salary is kinda meh and $80,000 to $95,000

Apartment Therapy is Looking for a Producer

Apartment Therapy Media (ATM) is seeking a Part-time Freelance Producer to join its team. The Freelance Producer will be responsible for producing content in the content management system, tracking and managing digital assets, and ensuring the overall content creation process runs smoothly and effectively across Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, and Cubby. The ideal candidate will have a discerning eye for detail and the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines. This position can be remote or based in our headquarters in SoHo, NYC. 

Editor’s Note: Pay is VERY low at $20 to $25 per hour

The Food Institute is seeking a Writer/Reporter

Responsibilities:

  • Work under tight deadlines to report on trending topics within the food industry.
  • Work closely with editorial staff to write and produce daily and weekly newsletters.
  • Assist with company’s social media and multimedia efforts as needed.
  • Develop industry contacts.

Editor’s Note: No info on salary included.

Travel & Leisure is still seeking a Commerce Travel Writer

Travel + Leisure is looking for a full-time writer to cover timely, travel-related shopping content, including sale roundups, celebrity-approved items, single product reviews, and customer-loved pieces. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is passionate about travel and commerce-focused stories and who can create quality content and thrive in a fast-paced environment. 

Only applications that include cover letters will be considered. Candidates with significant e-commerce writing experience are especially encouraged to apply.

Editor’s Note: This job has been up for awhile and recently got relisted on LinkedIn, likely because they didn’t have enough candidates, or didn’t find the right one. Pay is not good: $45,000 to $65,000.

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