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
Position Papers on
indemnification clauses, "work made
for hire" and "All-Rights"
Contract Tips for
American Society of Media
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
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.
Another freelancer's assortment of
links, with news, agents, ideas.
This organization offers group health and
dental insurance to freelancers, as well as useful discounts to
Zipcar, Barnesandnoble.com, 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
Offers a lot of diverse material even
to non-members, including:
Members Only services
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.
Rights for Creators
National Writers Union
Freelance Writers' Guide
Media Rates Database
Professional Writers Association of
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
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.
Offers information here on National
Writers Workshops, great one-stop shops
for writing and reporting tips.
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.