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Freelance Journalism: the voice for journalists and journalism


Freelance Journalism (FJ) is an Amsterdam-based group for journalists, writers, editors, reporters, copywriters, photographers, other freelance media professionals and media executives with peers around the globe, dedicated to the highest standards in journalism. Building on its extensive international network with more than 2300 members, Freelance Journalism operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of projects.

In many countries the majority of journalists and other media professionals are freelancers. The challenge of a freelance future is a test for journalists’ in Europe and around the world. Contracts and fees, training, authors’ rights and professional standards are all key issues for the freelance community of journalists. Innovative financing models, which can give freelance journalists new possibilities/niches in media, are being explored by Freelance Journalism and its affiliates. What are their needs, expectations and how do they deal with the uncertain, precarious nature of freelance work?

Freelance Journalism resources

The amount a writer or photographer gets paid depends on many things: the commercial value of the story or picture to the paper is just one. Another is what the commissioning editor thinks they can get away with. Freelance Journalism produces a briefing sheet specifically for members to explain to potential clients why they have to charge what they do and why it’s worth engaging a proper photographer with proper (and expensive) equipment. Members should contact the Freelance Journalism Office to get a copy.

The Freelance Journalism Directory

The Freelance Journalism Directory is the most reliable and probably the biggest listing of media professionals. The Directory includes journalists, photographers, creative artists, working editorially in newspapers, magazines, books, broadcasting, public relations and information, and electronic media; as advertising and fashion photographers, advertising copywriters, editorial computer systems workers. Every freelance media professional in it is a member and has demonstrated to Freelance Journalism that they are in fact a media professional.

The Freelance Directory is an essential tool for publishers, broadcasters, PR agencies, marketing consultancies, or anyone needing the services of a freelance media professional with specialist media skills. Over the years, many freelance media professionals have discovered the value of a listing in the Directory.

Listings are free to Freelance Journalism members, who can sign up here.

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About Menno Lindeblad

Founder at Designstudio Lindeblad®, AmsterdamToday® ParadigmataMedia® FreelanceJournalism® and ExecutiveBusiness®. As a strategist, publisher and online content specialist, I believe media is serious business for the creative minds that wish to succeed the most in this digital age. My professional life is dominated by two activities: trying to understand things and to put things in motion. The first has lead to various columns and articles. The second has put on the path of entrepreneurship. My mission is to empower young entrepreneurs with the tools, programming, mentorship, network, funds and freedom they need to activate their talent. Do you ever laugh, cry, get angry or inspired? You’ll fit right in. Got a pitch, tip or leak? Contact me via email: Contact: Website | Facebook | More Posts