Monday, March 19, 2018

SPJ Freelance Community Newsletter - March 2018


Dear SPJ Freelancers,

One benefit of the Freelance Community that I quickly came to appreciate when I got involved four years ago is its function as a virtual newsroom of sorts — where members seek advice, lament their struggles, share their victories. Since joining the board, I've also grown closer to fellow board members through the work we do together offline. The Freelance Community's true gift has become the camaraderie I thought I had to give up when I went independent.

This month, we have a new opening for an at-large position on the board, and I hope some of you will consider joining the fun. The at-large position helps monitor and maintain the Community’s social media platforms, and engages in other duties or projects along the way. It's not a heavy lift, but we are looking for a sustained commitment of about five hours per month, including periodic online meetings, through the end of the calendar year. Interested? Contact me for more information.

And please join me in thanking Kathy Rosenhammer of Fort Worth for her service the past two years! Kathy's stepping down from the at-large position to focus on several upcoming projects. We wish her the best of luck, and look forward to her continued involvement as a member of the community.

Hilary Niles
Chair, SPJ Freelance Community 

Around the Regions

The SPJ Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter celebrates 50 years of excellence on Sat., March 24, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at The Phoenix, 812 Race Street, Cincinnati. See the full announcement below.
The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of SPJ is hosting the Region 11 Conference on Fri., April 27 and Sat., April 28, at the Universal City Hilton.

The conference includes sessions on freelancingdata reporting and broadcast investigative journalism.

This conference is in Los Angeles only every six years, so mark your calendar to attend today!

Click here for more, or visit
Got a date?
You can publicize your chapter’s or region’s freelance programs on the Freelance Community calendar!

Please let us know these details:
  • event title
  • date and time
  • location (including address for Google maps)
  • a description of freelance session(s)
  • primary contact (including email)
  • your name and email
If there is a URL leading people to more information, please include that in the description.

Send the information to Hazel Becker, Freelance Community Resources Coordinator: 
Did you know...?
Anyone can post to the Jobs Board. Yes, even you!

We’re glad to see news outlets posting jobs on our Jobs Board. In fact, if your client needs someone and you can’t provide the service, you can post a gig at:

Or, they can post it themselves. You don’t have to be logged into the website to submit listings — just to view them.

Another exclusive benefit of belonging to SPJ!

Jobs Corner

As a freelancer working in both print and television, I’m taking it upon myself to be a cheerleader and a resource for all you freelance television and multimedia journalists out there. Here are some high-profile freelance opportunities for producers, editors and photographers.

If you apply, let me know, and good luck! Please note the URLs are correct and accurate as of March 19, 2018.
This column by: Stacie Overton, SPJ Freelance Community Vice Chair.
Email Stacie at:

**Freelance field producer, NFL Network**

**Freelance Associate Producer/Writer, FOX news channel, NYC**

**Freelance Video Editor, BuzzFeed, NYC**

Money Matters

Finances & Budgeting
Having trouble figuring out your budget as a freelancer? Wondering how to plan for travel expenses? Or what tools are out there to help you manage your finances?

7 budgeting tips for freelance journalists from the International Center for Journalists explores these topics and MORE! 

Social Media Corner

Let's break 1,000!
We're at 979 members on the SPJ Freelance Community's Facebook page and going strong! We're growing the FB membership so please join the page and share it with your freelancer friends and colleagues. The FB page is a "closed" group that requires eligibility as follows:
  • Freelance journalists working in any medium 
  • Journalists who are interested in freelancing
  • Editors who hire freelance journalists
  • Journalism students
  • Professors who teach journalism
Both US-based and international journalists are eligible.

Find our FB page by typing "SPJ Freelance Community" in the FB Search bar, or here's the link: