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.
Sincerely, 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 freelancing, data reporting and broadcast investigative journalism.
This conference is in Los Angeles only every six years, so mark your calendar to attend today!
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Professors who teach journalism
Both US-based and international journalists are eligible.