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Selected websites for finding freelance journalism clients

On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism

> Home

> Introduction: The freelance side of life

Freelance journalism 101

> Vocabulary lesson

> Dollars and sense

> Contracts are essential

> Copyright 101

> Dressing for success as a freelancer

> Staying productive even when you’re not working

Business matters

> Five reasons to pay attention to business

> Contracts and copyright — beyond the basics

> Getting your business organized

> Separating yourself from your business

> Keeping track of business

> Taxing matters

> Insurance considerations for freelance journalists

Making a living

> Time and money

> Budgeting without a salary

> A simple way to boost your pay: Ask

> Retirement planning: Where to stash your cash?

Finding work

> Finding your way to work

> Trolling the web for work

> Inspiration for finding the story

> Brainstorming ideas you can sell

> Pitching your way to a full story calendar

> Tips on freelancing for newspapers

Marketing yourself

> Paying attention to business

> Making a home for your business on the web

> Networking: the key to staying happy and fed

> Business cards help make the best first impression

Tools of the trade

> Why journalism ethics matter

> Four tips for better self-editing

> Selected websites for finding freelance journalism assignments

> Journalism organizations

> Journalism reading list

Journalists have found these sites helpful in looking for new freelance clients, to varying degrees. More information about finding work on the web is available in Trolling the web for work in the Finding work section.

Website names listed here are linked to the site’s Home page. Unless stated otherwise, their services are free. Some of these sites aggregate online postings from other job listings, while others include only direct postings from potential employers/clients or recruiters.

Warning: This list may be incomplete! Please send suggestions for other sites that should be listed here, along with any other comments, to fcguide@spj.org.


This site is the most specialized for finding journalism jobs. Jobs are posted by media outlets and other organizations, including PR agencies, trade associations and J schools. Job seekers’ accounts are free.


Media Bistro

Most of the listings on Media Bistro, long a go-to site for all types of media jobs, are full-time positions. Useful filters include job category, role, location (including Working from Home) and duration. All jobs/gigs are posted on the site; it is not an aggregator.



This site was founded in 1996 by aspiring magazine staff members who saw the need for a networking organization for folks like themselves. It’s set up as a nonprofit networking and mentoring organization that “helps the next generation of editors and writers break into and succeed in the magazine media industry.” Many of the original organizers have moved on in their careers but continue to be involved in the organization.


Freelance Writing Jobs

This site is an old standby, with daily postings of all kinds of writing gigs — sometimes with one or two news or feature posts. Most are linked to postings on other sites (notably JournalismJobs.com but often a day late), and some are verging on silly (a docudrama of “the story of my life which is all but guaranteed to be a blockbuster hit!”).



This aggregator combines postings from FreelanceJobOpenings.com, FreelanceBloggingJobs.com, Ed2010, Craigslist and Indeed. The filters are unreliable, but the site can be useful for the writers’ guidelines alone.



Indeed calls itself the “world’s #1 job site,” and that may be true. The site pulls in jobs from across the internet, including those from potential clients’ sites as well as many of the sites reviewed here — so there are lots of jobs in its database. One disadvantage is that it’s harder to filter out PR, corporate and movie industry jobs from freelance journalism listings. Another is the sheer volume of low-paying gigs, like $70 a day for a video journalist or $25 for 500 to 1,000 words.


Other internet resources

Writers Market

This directory of publishers predates the internet and is still available in an annual print resource. It doesn’t list specific job or contract opportunities, but it can a valuable resource when researching a publication to decide whether to apply.


Last updated: December 2016

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