Freelance Community Annual Elections!

Hello Freelancers … Got any ideas for how to make the Freelance Community better? Join our board!

Annual elections are coming up, and we’d love to get new folks involved. Anyone who is a member of SPJ and the Freelance Community is encouraged to run for any of the following positions. Nominations are due Tuesday, Nov. 21. 


Chair – serves as liaison with SPJ Board, staff, committees and chapters as needed; responds to questions from freelancers; with other Board members, coordinates activities of the Community throughout the year

Vice-Chair – assists and stands in for the Chair as needed; other duties as assigned

Secretary – coordinates submissions to the Quill magazine and the Independent Journalist blog; keeps notes of the Community’s annual meeting and periodic board meetings

Membership chair – welcomes new members; plans membership campaigns and retention efforts; serves as liaison with the national SPJ Membership Committee

Events chair – coordinates and plans online events throughout the year; leads the Community’s suggestions for training sessions at EIJ

Resources chair – edits and updates On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism; works with SPJ staff to update and improve the Community’s hub on, including the Freelancer Directory; creates and maintains other freelancer resources

At-large directors (2) – monitors and maintains the Community’s social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter; other duties as agreed

If you want to run for one of these positions or if you’d like more information, please email the current chair, Hazel Becker, at so she can let the SPJ headquarters staff know of your interest. You must be an SPJ member and a Freelance Community member (no extra charge) in good standing in order to serve on the board or vote in the election.

NOTE: If you’re not sure whether you’re officially a member of the Freelance Community, don’t let that stop you from expressing your interest in running for the board. As long as you’re a current member of SPJ, we can get that rectified easily, and there’s no extra charge.

Nominations are due this Tuesday, Nov. 21, so don’t delay!

I have found that it feels really good to give back to the community where I found support and valuable resources as I started my freelance career three years ago. It’s also been a great way to connect on a deeper level with other freelancers and share the satisfaction of getting good work done in the world.

I hope you’ll consider chipping in, too!

– Hilary Niles, secretary 

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