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Updated for 2015! On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism

Welcome to the online version of the SPJ Freelance Community’s guide to freelancing, On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism.

This new guide, updated with new information for 2015, is available for free to all SPJ members.

(Not an SPJ member? Now you have yet another reason to be one.)

More from SPJ Freelance:
Visit (and join!) the SPJ Freelance Community
The Independent Journalist: SPJ’s Freelance Community blog
On-demand video training for freelancers

On Your Own: A Guide to
Freelance Journalism:
2015 Edition

Welcome to the online version of the SPJ Freelance Community’s guide to freelancing, On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism.

This new guide, updated with new information for 2015, is available for free to all SPJ members.

(Not an SPJ member? Now you have yet another reason to be one.)

More from SPJ Freelance:
Visit (and join!) the SPJ Freelance Community
The Independent Journalist: SPJ’s Freelance Community blog
On-demand video training for freelancers


EIJ15 Scholarships and Fellowships: Apply today

Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry’s efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. With a generous outpouring of support, the Society can now proudly provide up to four scholarships to SPJ members to attend its annual convention. Applications due May 12, 2015.

Diversity Leadership Fellows Program: As we face the many challenges of an evolving industry, strengthening SPJ’s diversity efforts is more important than ever. The goal of the Diversity Leadership Fellows program, ultimately, is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. As part of the program, we bring fellowship recipients to the convention to begin a year-long immersion and education program. Applications due May 12, 2015.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to SPJ's annual convention. Applications due May 12, 2015.


2015 Spring Conferences

SPJ’s Spring Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on a wealth of topics. Get available details — including announced dates, locations and contacts — right here.

April 10-11
Region 6: Bloomington, Minn.
Region 10: Spokane, Wash.
Region 12: Lake Charles, La.

April 17-18
Region 1: Hempstead, N.Y.
Region 11: San Francisco

April 24-25
Region 9: Denver


SPJ Election Central

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Board members help define the Society. The board of directors provides vision, direction and leadership to SPJ, the nation's largest journalism organization. Find out what positions are open this election season — and find out how you can fill one of those seats.

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How to participate as a voting SPJ member
In the past, chapter delegates elected officers and board members. Now all members can cast their own vote via a new online voting system. Find out more here.


SPJ, NFOIC combine war chests to fight for Freedom of Information

The Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition are joining forces — and legal war chests — to help citizens and journalists fight for public records.

The two groups will band together to help litigants who sue for access to government information. The NFOIC can provide court fees and SPJ help for attorney fees. Both organizations also will use their combined national networks of journalists and citizens to apply public pressure to government agencies that flaunt the law. Continue reading

SPJ, NFOIC combine war chests to fight for Freedom of Information

The Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition are joining forces — and legal war chests — to help citizens and journalists fight for public records.

The two groups will band together to help litigants who sue for access to government information. The NFOIC can provide court fees and SPJ help for attorney fees. Both organizations also will use their combined national networks of journalists and citizens to apply public pressure to government agencies that flaunt the law. Continue reading

More SPJ News
– Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced
– Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in College Park, Maryland
– Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Louisville, Kentucky
– Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Omaha, Nebraska
– Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Norman, Oklahoma


FOI FYI Blog:

Every year has 52 ‘sunshine’ weeks

Sunshine Week celebrates access to public information and what it means to people and communities each year. Much of the week focused on which public officials and governments with exceptionally good or poor track records of providing access to public information. As journalists and open government advocates, we must remain vigilant against and protest shadows in government and do our best to applaud those who try to get it right. We can often get caught up in the story of the day and forget larger issues at stake when we push for compliance of legal requirements of email archival of federal officials and text messages of local elected leaders. >Continue reading Every year has 52 ‘sunshine’ weeks

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Every year has 52 ‘sunshine’ weeks

Sunshine Week celebrates access to public information and what it means to people and communities each year. Much of the week focused on which public officials and governments with exceptionally good or poor track records of providing access to public information. As journalists and open government advocates, we must remain vigilant against and protest shadows in government and do our best to applaud those who try to get it right. We can often get caught up in the story of the day and forget larger issues at stake when we push for compliance of legal requirements of email archival of federal officials and text messages of local elected leaders. >Continue reading Every year has 52 ‘sunshine’ weeks

More from FOI FYI:
– Every year has 52 ‘sunshine’ weeks
– SPJ FOI Hangout
– Digital public records access blocked from the White House to City Hall
– NorCal SPJ chapter fights for sunshine in San Francisco
– Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection


Net Worked:

Women Who Lead: Newsroom and Beyond

As a young girl, I didn’t idolize Princess Diana; I didn’t know who Audrey Hepburn was until my freshman year of high school; Barbie was just a logo on a box in my basement, not my inspiration. Crazy as it sounds, I wanted to be Jesse Owens: the fastest man in the world. Growing up with one younger brother, I spent most of my childhood playing catch in the backyard, ranking and rooting for football teams, and–of course–competing in neighborhood, Olympic-esque sprint races. >Continue reading Women Who Lead: Newsroom and Beyond

Net Worked: Latest Entry

Women Who Lead: Newsroom and Beyond

As a young girl, I didn’t idolize Princess Diana; I didn’t know who Audrey Hepburn was until my freshman year of high school; Barbie was just a logo on a box in my basement, not my inspiration. Crazy as it sounds, I wanted to be Jesse Owens: the fastest man in the world. Growing up with one younger brother, I spent most of my childhood playing catch in the backyard, ranking and rooting for football teams, and–of course–competing in neighborhood, Olympic-esque sprint races. >Continue reading Women Who Lead: Newsroom and Beyond

More from Net Worked:
– Women Who Lead: Newsroom and Beyond
– Some forthcoming changes to SPJ Digital
– Facebook: The newest content platform?
– Tablet or Traditional? News Consumption
– Personal Websites


First Draft Blog:

Five job sites you should be using now (and always)

Graduation is coming up in a couple of months for many of you. I have no doubt that you’re compiling portfolios and preparing to turn your tassel and bust into the news world with reporter’s notebooks blazing. In addition to finishing up your classes and internships and building relationships with fellow students (your future colleagues and bosses) let me also give you one piece of advice: Don’t wait until graduation to start applying to jobs. Applying for jobs from May through August can best be likened to an episode of “Survivor.” The applicant pool will be flooded and it will be harder to stand out and let your accomplishments shine.   >Continue reading Five job sites you should be using now (and always)

First Draft Blog: Latest Entry

Five job sites you should be using now (and always)

Graduation is coming up in a couple of months for many of you. I have no doubt that you’re compiling portfolios and preparing to turn your tassel and bust into the news world with reporter’s notebooks blazing. In addition to finishing up your classes and internships and building relationships with fellow students (your future colleagues and bosses) let me also give you one piece of advice: Don’t wait until graduation to start applying to jobs. Applying for jobs from May through August can best be likened to an episode of “Survivor.” The applicant pool will be flooded and it will be harder to stand out and let your accomplishments shine.   >Continue reading Five job sites you should be using now (and always)

More from First Draft:
– Five job sites you should be using now (and always)
– No More Shaming
– Five websites journalists should bookmark
– Journalists Are Thankful For
– What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute


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