Hi Freelancing Friend!
Thanks so much for joining me for this week’s journalism jobs newsletter.
Late last week, I heard a story on NPR about people who are “overemployed.” and I have a lot of thoughts on the topic.
I personally know people who are double-dipping on both full-time jobs and freelance gigs right now, and I have a lot of mixed feelings about the practice. For one, it drives salaries and pay-per-word down for all of us who are skilled, talented and highly-specialized journalists. There’s a big part of me that considers this to be hyper-greedy and downright unjust and unfair to those who are trying to make a real living doing solid journalism work.
At the same time, I want to note that this is a direct result of the fact that journalists, in particular, are so undervalued and underpaid that in order to just make ends meet, many have to juggle multiple jobs, be they full-time or part-time. As I noted in a previous newsletter, the cost of living in many of the top media markets are simply too far out of reach for professional journalists and it makes sense to do two jobs at once and get as much money as possible to support yourself and your family.
That being said, where do you come down on the topic? I’m curious, so I’ve included a brief survey below! I may include the result (anonymous of course) in an upcoming newsletter as I do think this is something that many of us think about, but don’t really discuss.
In terms of the job market, things are continuing to look up. This week there are calls for pitches from everyone from Cosmopolitan and Apple News, to AFAR Magazine and more. Full-time work is roaring back with really great jobs from places like TechCrunch, ProPublica, NY Times, Chani Nichols, and a WHOLE lot more. There are even some great jobs for the Comms folks here too including jobs with XGames, Vail Resorts and SeatGeek.
As always these jobs and gigs pay a minimum of $1 per word or $100,000 per year.
Dishonorable Mentions are interesting this week, but you’ll need to subscribe below to get access to these and much more! You can cancel at any time.