The Future Is Freelance: How to Survive and Thrive, Whether You're a Journalist or a Publisher (Midway Programming)

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Learn from two veterans of the freelance journalism sector in a wide-ranging conversation about the best practices and mistakes to avoid for all parties involved in the creation and publishing of freelance work. They will share strategies for identifying and securing assignments that meet your individual needs, a framework for building a sustainable freelance practice long term, and ways to push back against unfavorable contracts and undesirable gigs – no matter how you define that. They’ll suggest ways for publishers to deliver on the promise of freelance labor providing efficiencies and a robust flow of high-quality content. Participants will leave the session with a clear understanding of the mindsets, habits and tools to make a freelance journalism interaction successful for everyone involved: the individual journalist, the assigning editor, and the media company.

This session is part of ONA23's curated Midway Programming.

This session is designed for:

  • Individual journalists who are already freelancing or are interested in starting, whether part-time or full-time.
  • Publishers and media organizations that are using freelance contributors.
  • Editors and producers who assign to freelance contributors.


Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Author and Founder, The Institute for Independent Journalists
@katherinelewisVisit Website

Matt Saincome
CEO, Study Hall + Outvoice