#MuckedUp chat: Going freelance
Going freelance is a bold move, most people will tell you--and when you break down the origins of the word, that reaction makes even more sense: once upon a time, freelancers were independent knights with no official allegiance and whose weapon of choice was the lance. So, it’s easy to see how today’s journalism freelancers share some of the same positive and negative qualities of their original namesakes, forging a path marked by the freedom of complete independence but also carrying the loneliness that comes with having no affiliation and no colleagues. Fortunately, in 2015 a robust online community of freelancers is alive and well, while Twitter specifically has made freelancing simpler than ever. Simultaneously, new tools like WordRates and PitchLab promise to make it more lucrative, too. Still, for a reporter just dipping his toe into these waters, the industry can feel overwhelming and unsure. How does one compete in a market crowded with other freelancers? How do you stay organized and productive, outside of a newsroom environment? How do you keep the assignments coming?
We’re lucky enough to have snagged as our next guest Jen A. Miller, a well known Collingswood, N.J.-based freelance writer. If Miller’s name sounds familiar to you, you probably remember her from being profiled in Poynter, in which she is quoted, “Freelancing doesn’t suck. It’s the original entrepreneurial journalism, and if you can treat it like the business that it is, and have the right personality for what can be a screwball of a way to make a living, it’s far more rewarding – intellectually and financially – than a spot in a newsroom cubicle could ever provide.” She writes regularly for The New York Times, Runner's World, Running Times, CIO.com, bankrate.com, and she also writes a weekly running column for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her memoir, RUNNING: A LOVE STORY, will be published in spring 2016. Help us spread the word about the chat--then join in yourself by following and tweeting with the #muckedup hashtag at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST this Tuesday!