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SPJ Promotes Freelancers

The nation’s largest journalism organization aims to be a leading resource for freelance journalists, according to Dana Neuts, the group’s new freelance committee chair.

During a BlogTalkRadio show hosted today by SPJ Membership Chair Sarah Bauer, Neuts described a bevy of initiatives, from the online freelance directory and Independent Journalist blog to live local events and national conference workshops, all designed to help freelancers build business.

Here are some of the highlighted resources:
Freelancer Directory: This searchable directory helps editors across the country find the freelance talent they seek by state or by specialty. Neuts said she won work from a Homeland Security publication through the directory and a guest caller named Scott chimed in with his own testimonial. He’s employed full time, but won side work with a broadcaster through his Freelance Directory listing.
The Independent Journalist: Updated weekly, this SPJ blog features a rotating cast of freelancers sharing insights on everything from how to write a resume for the Digital Age to how to find individual medical coverage.
Resource Lists: Need help deciphering an indemnification clause or finding a writing conference near you? SPJ’s list of resources can point you in the right direction.
• Local Events: SPJ also has a strong network of local student and professional chapters that deliver helpful programs. Neuts lauded her pro chapter’s freelancing conference and Bauer described her pro chapter’s speed dating event, which made matches among local writers and assigning editors.

SPJ membership costs $72/year for professionals, but Neuts says the investment pays for itself. Plus, it’s tax deductible.

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SPJ Resources for Freelancers: Listen to, 12/9, 1 pm EST

Join host Sarah Bauer, SPJ membership committee chair, and Dana Neuts, SPJ freelance committee chair. this Thursday, December 9 at 1 p.m. (EST) on for a 30-minute podcast discussing the many SPJ benefits available to freelancers. Learn more about the freelance committee’s projects, resources and more. Got a question? Call in during the show to contribute to the conversation.

Can’t listen in live? No worries – we’ve got you covered! Listen to the show online at


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