Besides selling to dozens of magazines dedicated exclusively to environmental issues, wildlife and conservation, you can increasingly market such stories to general interest, travel, science, regional, inflight, outdoor sports, and health/lifestyle publications. Veteran magazine writer/SEJ member Wendee Holtcamp will teach you how to break into new markets, learn how to write killer queries and know what editors want for their magazines.
Next course: Jun 6-Jul 18, 2009. Register by May 30.
Cost: $200 includes editor Q&As from Smithsonian, National Geographic, Nat Geo ADVENTURE, Sierra, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation, WildBird and more; 5 assignments with feedback from instructor; resources on writing, workshops, queries, and more; personalized interaction with a veteran magazine writer.
ADVANCED Workshop: $250; next date in June or July 2009.
SEJ annually offers Rivlin Freelance Fellowships to attend SEJ's annual conference. Details for the 2009 Fellowships will be posted here in late spring; please check back.
For SEJ members only. How-to-join/membership benefits

Freelancers make up a big segment of SEJ's membership.

The work is a tricky mixture of contract negotiation, copyright issues, time management and story-selling.

This page offers resources specifically tailored to those journalists.

Various SEJ journalists have offered these links as sources of information. We pass them along as a service. The views expressed on these websites are not necessarily those of SEJ or its board.

Have other ideas for content on this page? Email SEJ web content manager Cindy MacDonald.

We also offer a member freelancers listserv: SEJ-Freelance. Contact the SEJ office to join up. Members can access the archives here.

Current links:

Absolute Write
This site for beginners and professionals offers free newsletters, online forums, a writers directory, market listings, more.

All About Freelancing
For members of the National Association of Science Writers, this site provides links for science freelances, a frequently-asked-questions section, listservs, writing tips for specific subjects, time management, contract negotiations and advice.

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Offers a range of information to non-members, including:

  • Position Papers on indemnification clauses, "work made for hire" and "All-Rights" contracts.
  • Information sheets on:
    • Contract Tips for Freelancers
    • E-Rights
    • Copyright Registration
    • Protecting Your Writing
    • Intellectual Property

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Established in 1946, ASMP addresses the concerns of independent publication photographers, offering resources and deep experience in dealing with issues such as licensing and other legal issues, business management, etc.

Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
Since 1988, AIR has been providing producers in radio- and audio-based media with professional development programs and resources, including mentoring, training and printed and online publications, as well as conferences and activities that expand networking, advocacy, employment and funding opportunities.

Canadian Freelance Union
CEP Media formed this union for Canadian freelancers in 2006 to "utilize its resources to create a strong collective voice for media freelancers and other independent communication professionals." $25/year.

Freelance Journalists UK
Site aimed at freelancers in the United Kingdom, with links to contracts, markets, and discussion groups.

Freelance Success
A great subscription site ($99/year) for serious freelancers, providing a weekly newsletter; an online forum; access to tools and databases that make running a freelance business more profitable; practical advice on using technology, such as how to find sources online and how to locate editors who treat freelancers well (and how to steer away from those who don't welcome contributors); a personal link to writers' confabs and invitation-only networking groups; tips on how to manage your freelance business; and more.

Freelance Writing
Another freelancer's assortment of links, with news, agents, ideas.

Freelancers Union
This organization offers group health and dental insurance to freelancers, as well as useful discounts to Zipcar,, and other resources.

Internet Sources for Journalists and Broadcasters — Canada
Here you'll find journalists' websites, education links, professional journalism associations, awards, writers' organizations, information for freelancers, journalism-related mailing lists and more.
For folks who create or work with content, or who are non-creative professionals working in a content/creative industry — editors, writers, television producers, graphic designers, book publishers, people in production, and circulation departments, this "traveling press club" offers opportunities (both online and offline) for you to get to know each other, share resources, find job opportunities and interesting projects, improve career skills, and showcase your work. Bonus: they hold workshops and happy hours for freelancers all over the country!

National Writers Union
Offers a lot of diverse material even to non-members, including:

  • Writer Alerts
  • Book Authors Page, with advice on copyright, electronic rights, and royalties.
  • Journalists Page, with tips on standard journalism contracts, copyright, "kill fees," all-rights contracts, work-for-hire, and "indemnification" clauses. Also offers a contract-advice network, help with negotiations and tips on the sale of electronic rights.
  • Grievances Page
  • Contract Advice
  • Rights for Creators Campaign
  • National Writers Union Freelance Writers' Guide
Members Only services include:
  • Organizing and Education
  • Grievance Resolution
  • Contract Advice
  • Job Hotline
  • Health Insurance
  • Press Pass
  • Networking
  • Authors Network
  • Media Rates Database

Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
A national organization representing freelance writers and journalists across the country. Technical advice, book reviews, events, workshops, speaker's bureau, tons of resources. Includes extensive copyright info, all geared to freelancers.

Peter's Place of Freelance Journalism
Offers all kinds of links, with special attention to markets and to issues in Canada. With two freelancers named Peter on the SEJ board, we had to offer this.

Poynter Institute
Offers information here on National Writers Workshops, great one-stop shops for writing and reporting tips.

Worldwide Freelance Writer
Offers a free newsletter, markets database, writing software, links as well as additional perks for members.
For newer freelancers, this writing ezine offers a free weekly newsletter, a books and courses list, articles, warnings, info on markets, and more.

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