Hi, guys. My name is Amy Green, and I’d like to introduce myself as the new freelance committee chairwoman for the Society of Professional Journalists. I am eager to bring a fresh start to the committee, but I need your help.
In SPJ there is a place for every freelancer. Members undergo no selection process. And so whether you make a living or hobby out of freelancing, whether you’re a pro or beginner you are welcome here. In this sometimes lonely line of work we are your team. Come here with questions and problems about how to get started, how to pitch and how to get paid. We want to learn from your triumphs and your mistakes. We are your coworkers. We are your community.
I’m a freelancer based in Orlando, Fla., for Newsweek, PEOPLE, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many others. I specialize in faith, ethics and social issues, and my work also has appeared in Christianity Today, Sojourners, Charisma and with Religion News Service. I’ve been in the business 10 years, starting as an intern at PEOPLE in Miami and then at The Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. I am an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and SPJ. This spring I traveled to Taiwan with an SPJ delegation of working journalists to foster a professional exchange with journalists there. I am a journalism graduate of the University of Florida.
I need your help because I need to know how to make this committee work best for you. This is a tough business. It’s important we freelancers stick together. Learn from each other. Support each other. Together we can strengthen our foothold in an industry that in a large measure depends on our work.
I look forward to hearing from you.