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Freelance and portfolio-building opportunities for students of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

This is a compendium of freelance assignments offered by clients of NYU Livewire; received by the journalism institute’s Career Services Office; or adapted from elsewhere.

Editors, publishers and producers may list requests for freelancers here at no charge. As these are meant to be portfolio-building opportunities, assignments must involve writing, reporting, editing, photography, radio journalism or videography. Kindly email mary.dambrosio@nyu.edu, stating general compensation terms.

25 cents to $1 per word

Edible Queens, a new quarterly publication focused on neighborhood-based cooking, food prep and shopping, is accepting submissions. It is part of the Edible Communities group. Note: These rates apply to the print magazine; website contributions are unpaid. Contact: editor in chief Leah McLaughlin at Leah@ediblequeensmagazine.com

$300 per story and up

The Sun, an ad-free print monthly that features long-form journalism, focuses on essays, interviews, fiction and poetry. See submission guidelines here. Send queries to managing editor Tim McKee at tim@thesunmagazine.org


$100-$300 per story

11/16/2009
The Jewish Exponent, a national Jewish affairs publication, is seeking writers with a business hook, who can feel comfortable interviewing movers and shakers about the economy, or have angles about special businesses. Businesses must reflect a Jewish trait or one of the principals should be Jewish. Payment is $125 upon publication; articles run about 500-750 words. Please contact: melkin@jewishexponent.com

$50-$100 per story

3/17/2010
TheGrio.com, an online magazine dedicated to breaking news and opinion for and about African-Americans, seek contributors - from Washington, D.C., Chicago and other locations across the country. Contact: Deputy Editor Monica Leas at Monica.Leas@nbcuni.com

3/15/2010
Transitions Abroad, a web magazine focused on educational travel, is interested in developing experienced writers as regular contributors, columnists or contributing editors. Fees for regular contributors are negotiable, but for first-timers range from $50 to $100, depending upon published length. Accompanying digital photographs preferred. See extensive writers’ guidelines here. Submit to webeditorial@transitionsabroad.com.

$50 per story or less, and barter arrangements

April 23, 2010
Seeking Interns for Entertainment Website BackStage.com is seeking interns for the Summer 2010 semester. We’re interested in responsible, self-motivated, tech-savvy college students with sharp writing skills. Interns MUST work in exchange for school credit, and be available for at least 16-20 hours per week.

Interns will get the opportunity to do research, write news and feature stories, post on our weblog, update our events calendar, and learn about publishing on the Web in a professional environment. Work on online videos and other interactive projects are also available.

Knowledge of MS Word and Excel, and experience using the Internet for research is required. Knowledge of photo editing software like Photoshop, weblog and video editing software, and social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are preferred. Familiarity with the performing arts industry — film, TV, and stage — is helpful.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and at least two (2) writing samples to Tom Penketh, Managing Online Editor, Back Stage, at blogs@backstage.com. Acceptable formats for writing samples include PDFs, JPEGs, website links, and Microsoft Word documents.

For nearly 50 years, Back Stage has been the top trade publication for actors and the performing arts industry. In addition to BackStage.com, we publish newspapers in New York and Los Angeles, as well as the trade listings publication Call Sheet. For more info, visit www.backstage.com.

3/7/2010
Global Information Network, the U.S. arm of Inter Press Service, a global news wire highlighting social justice activism worldwide, needs stories about working people, the unemployed, labor rights, our environment, our health, our schools, at a time of financial austerity and often mis-governance. Stories should be between 800-1000 words. Thoughtful feedback provided. Accepted stories will appear on the international wire. No pay until we manage to get a grant. Fundraising help will be welcome! Contact Executive Director Lisa Vives at ipsgin@igc.org

3/5/2010
Now in its sixth year, Guernica, a magazine of art and ideas, is seeking thoughtful and relevant narrative nonfiction. We’re looking for essays on all themes (politics, the arts, culture, science, media and more). The pieces should be based in personal experience or original reportage (no criticism or academic essays, please). A high concentration of our content is international in bent, and we are always interested in work in translation. Guernica does not, at this time, pay our writers. However, we get blogged by the New York Times, the New Yorker and many others, so contributors will get a lot of great eyes, not to mention be in really good company. Visit us to get a feel for the types of pieces we publish. And then submit to Katherine Dykstra at nonfiction@guernicamag.com.

The April 2010 edition of InTheFray, a monthly online magazine of political and cultural reporting, will deal with the broad theme of food. Submissions to contributing editor Elizabeth Yuan, at elizabeth.m.yuan@gmail.com

CNN’s “iReport”. If you post video on this citizen journalism site, CNN editors will review your work for potential use on CNN.com and CNN TV. Livewire contributors have appeared in both places. Unpaid. To receive emails with iReport “assignments,” send an e-mail request to: staff@access.cnn.com.

Big World Magazine. This online travel and culture magazine is in search of high-quality reported stories, narrative, photo essays and videography about places. Journeys, cultural reporting, investigative, profiles, sports. See guidelines, and submit, here. Compensates with an ad, correspondent’s profile and 50 percent of any syndication fees.

Latin America News Dispatch produces original news stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, U.S. foreign policy, and Hispanics in the United States. We are especially interested in on-the-ground reporting from Latin America. Articles can run the gamut from politics to food, from travel to business. Unpaid. See writers’ guidelines here.

Compensation not stated


3/30/2010
Consulting Editor (May 1 to Oct. 31, 2010)
The Local: East Village (LEV), a collaboration of The New York Times and NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is looking for a consulting editor to assist in the planning and development phase leading up to the launch of the site in summer 2010, and carrying over to first few months of operation. The consulting editor will work directly with the editor of LEV. Find further info and application details here.

3/17/2010
Freelance correspondents in Brussels, London, Geneva, Paris and Rome sought to cover international development, humanitarian relief, food security, global health and related issues for Devex, a company and news service that provides recruiting services and business information to development professionals. Apply to newsjobs@devex.com by Dec. 31, 2010

3/17/2010
Freelance Brussels correspondent sought. BNA, a Washington-based news publisher with a growing network of international reporters, seeks a correspondent in Brussels to cover data privacy and computer security as part of our European Union coverage. BNA covers government news that affects business, regulation, policy, and the law. We seek a talented reporter who can write about these complex issues. Our positions are freelance and represent an excellent opportunity to anchor your portfolio with a steady flow of assignments.

BNA has been expanding its EU coverage and seeks a reporter to cover implementation and interpretation of the EU data privacy directive, e-mail privacy and spam issues, data retention, and EU bodies that set privacy policy, including the Article 29 group. This is a large and growing field with at least one or two stories possible per week, with lots of room to grow in the future including pan-European coverage of privacy issues.

This beat could also include non-EU coverage of Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Applicants must have several years reporting experience working on daily deadlines for English-language publications. Local language skills are a plus. Must be able to work well independently and be aggressive when it comes to pitching story ideas. Applicants already located near Brussels will be given priority consideration.

To apply, send a resume and no more than five published hard news or news analysis clips (no features please) to: mtriplett@bna.com. No phone calls, please.

See more offers of freelance assignments from the Career Services Office.