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Panel of freelance finance bloggers at FinCon14.
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Freelance writing: How to successfully pitch an editor

By on Sep 25, 2014

For freelance writers, pitching stories can be intimidating. What should you say? How many clips should you include? How do you ask for more money? A panel of assignment editors at FinCon 2014 revealed what’s been successful with them.  The advice was offered up Saturday (Sept. 20) at FinCon in New Orleans. FinCon is a national […]

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Branding for Journalists: You Being You … Online: Webinar, March 5
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Branding for Journalists: You Being You … Online: Webinar, March 5

In this free, one-hour webinar, Robin J. Phillips, the Reynolds Center’s digital director, will show you some simple tips to take control of your image, and accentuate the value of who you are and what you do best – apart from your news organization. Your brand can be as simple as You Being You… Online.

The Business of Me: Online, June 4-6
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The Business of Me: Online, June 4-6

Whether you’re working in a mainstream news organization or striking out on your own with a blog, news site or freelance business, we’re all media entrepreneurs these days.

In this three-day webinar with Mark S. Luckie of the 10,000 Words blog, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. Identify five next steps to advance your career as an entrepreneur.

Nieman Watchdog
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New direction set for Nieman Watchdog Project

After eight years, the Nieman Watchdog blog will end its run and the Nieman Watchdog Project (which launched in 1996) will take on a new direction. The Watchdog Project has been focused on examining and invigorating journalism in its fundamental role of serving the public interest. Past articles from the blog will continue to be […]

The Business of Me: Self-guided training
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The Business of Me: Self-guided training

The pre-UNITY Convention workshop, “The Business of Me,” was originally held Aug. 1, 2012.

Mark S. Luckie, Twitter’s creative content manager for journalism and the media, offers tips for professional branding and marketing, pitching ideas, as well as financial and time management. Learn five key action items to advance your career as an entrepreneur.

Freelance tips: Broaden topics to expand business, pursue new clients
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Freelance tips: Broaden topics to expand business, pursue new clients

Today’s post is geared towards independent writers and reporters interested in freelancing. But this advice should still pique your interest even if it’s beyond this specific niche. I talked with Joanne Cleaver, an author and communication consultant who recently wrote the “The Career Lattice.” Her book helps people understand how lateral moves can advance their careers. […]

Executive Pay Seattle Times
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‘Demo not memo’ helped Seattle Times reporter get editors behind graphics

Sanjay Bhatt, who reports on the economy for The Seattle Times, didn’t want to just do a standard ranking of executive compensation. He wanted to put together a visualization focusing on the connection between executive pay and corporate performance.

Rodney Brooks at Grambling
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Sheila, Rodney Brooks vow to sponsor Grambling students at NABJ

By Justin Madden Grambling State University An Emmy-award winning journalist businesswoman has agreed to pay convention registrations for three Grambling State University students to attend the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in New Orleans in June. Sheila Brooks, CEO of SRB Communications in Washington, D.C., made the offer at the end of a […]

Aviation Queen brand
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Why journalists need to develop their brand – now!

Your brand can save you: I learned this up close and personal after I was laid off from Aviation Week last month after a great five-and-a-half year run. Thanks to my brand and social media, I received some great job leads (and expect to be hired very soon) and a healthy amount of freelance work.