Freelance & Full-Time Writing, Journalism & Communications Jobs for the Week Ending October 20

Advice for Freelancers, Freelance Journalism Jobs of the Week

Hi freelancing friends!

Welcome to this weeks’ update with new journalism, writing and communications jobs and calls-for-pitches, all of which are remote, pay at least $1 per word or a minimum of $100,000 per year in salary, and include relevant editor email addresses so you know who to pitch when you have your next great idea!

If this is your first time here, welcome! I send out the newsletter every week on Wednesday around 9am PT. Every week the listings are new and different.

In case you’re curious about why this jobs newsletter stands out above the rest, read this post.

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This Week in Journalism Jobs

Paid subscribers have the details of all these jobs and more in their inboxes as we speak.

The freelance space seems to be contracting a bit more this week as the quality calls for pitches have dropped a bit more from those last week. I suspect it’s just the tightening of Q4 budgets. As we get closer to the end of the year, expect a flood of calls as people try to spend whatever remains of their budget before year-end. There are some really good opportunities on the full-time front, however.

Jobs and calls for pitches are coming from everyone from WHOOP, U.S. News & World Report, The Motley Fool, Johns Hopkins, The Sunday Times, Inside EVs, Food & Wine, Reddit, Yahoo, NPR’s StoryCorps, Forbes, Bankrate, Nerdwallet, NPR (proper), Condé Nast Traveler, Refinery29, Earthjustice and more.

There are also quite a few well-known brands on the list of Dishonorable Mentions, including some frequent fliers, and an astoundingly bad job at a major magazine, but you’ll have to become a paid subscriber to find out more about those.

The Current State of Journalism: Thought of the Week

I read an interesting piece over at Neiman Lab (which has been featured in previous newsletters as they are looking to hire someone full-time to cover AI), about the number of journalists getting out of the space to pursue jobs that actually pay.

It’s something I harp on weekly here (thanks to the Dishonorable Mentions), and my feeling is that the only way to change the industry is from three distinct (but inter-related) angles:

  1. We all have to be transparent about jobs and gigs out there–the good the bad and the ugly.
  2. Pay transparency is key. It’s understandable for an upstart or blog to pay badly. Those are jobs that can offer a solid transition from one beat to another, and they’re good for early career communications professionals. It’s unacceptable for major media corporations like those I include in the Dishonorable Mention section who make MILLIONS of dollars a year to pay skilled and talented journalists less than $100,000 a year, or $1 per word.
  3. Sharing leads and contacts is one way to continue to boost up the collective space and offer networking opportunities for people who do good, consistent, creative, and fact-based work.

I also thought this was a VERY telling graphic from Visual Capitalist that shows just how much you have to earn to buy a home in 50 of the largest US cities nationwide. Notice that the places where most media jobs are (LA area and NY), require a minimum salary of well over $100k per year to buy a home.

To that end, I hope you’ll share this newsletter with friends, colleagues, other freelancers, and other people who are looking for great, vetted job leads in the communications and journalism space and who deserve to make enough money to live and work in the top markets in the U.S.

It’s the only way we can work together to ensure that we are paid fair and reasonable wages and not forced into terrible working situations under abusive, tyrannical bosses and organizations that only exist to exploit our skills, talents, and experience.

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