Tag: contently

by Kristen Fischer

Whether you moonlight or work as an independent contractor, freelancing isn’t easy. But if you’re like the thousands of freelancers who responded to the “Freelancing in America” survey, you enjoy the freelance lifestyle, despite its many challenges. The survey, conducted by Edelman Berland and commissioned by freelance platform Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk) and Freelancers Union, offers […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Anyone paying close attention to the sub-headline of the Guardian’s recent piece on corrupt justice might have caught something unusual: “Divorced mother Margaret Besen tells her five-year struggle to get justice, just one story in the hundreds of judicial transgressions across the U.S. revealed in a Guardian and Contently Foundation for Investigative Reporting collaboration.” Just […] more »

by Yael Grauer

Award-winning investigative journalist, author and anthropologist Scott Carney thinks that writers are getting paid too little. Way too little. His solution? To make publications compete against one another — and after raising $9,307 from 246 backers (full disclosure: I was one of them) through Kickstarter in May, he’s now launched a two-tiered project to do just that. […] more »

by Darlena Cunha

In June, I was putting the finishing touches on a longform story about protecting ecosystems from climate change. After weeks of reportage and three rounds of edits, the publisher was set to green-light my 2,000 words. My editor just needed a few final details that would describe the ideas of the lead scientist I profiled […] more »

by Dillon Baker

“Brooklyn is like a goldmine. We can find so many people. Writers are actually very affordable in New York, which is very nice.” That’s Sean Beckner, CEO of media company Viral Nova, in a New York Magazine piece about his wildly successful (and recently purchased) content farm. He’s responding to a question about how Viral Nova finds […] more »

by Meagan Francis

Podcasts first popped up on my radar about 10 years ago, when the trend, fueled by RSS and file sharing technology, was just starting to boom. I loved the concept but couldn’t figure out how to create one in a way that fit into my career as a freelancer writer. Even if I had the […] more »

by Dillon Baker

For all the technological progress that has been made in the past couple decades, it often seems like freelancing for media companies is stuck in the ’90s. When I wrote a story for BuzzFeed, which, admittedly, doesn’t work with freelancers very often, edits were done over Google Docs, contracts were passed between a number of […] more »

by Yael Grauer

When I first started writing, everyone always warned me to stay far, far away from the comments. Perhaps I’m narcissistic — or a glutton for punishment — but I found it nearly impossible to stop myself from checking in. When writing for MMA sites, I’d read through insult after insult written by teenagers living in […] more »

by Sonia Paul

A new study released Monday by the content marketing platform Contently on the State of Freelancing in 2015 has found a conundrum in the freelancing industry. Many freelancers say their careers are getting better and two-thirds of respondents polled expect to freelance for at least 10 years. But the survey results also raise some big questions for the […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. Journal Register likely to reduce print to three days a week at some papers (Poynter) 2. Six ventures bring data to the public as winners of Knight News Challenge (Knight Foundation) 3. New USA Today website inspired by iPad design (Poynter) […] more »