SEJ freelancers Karen Schaefer and Meera Subramanian hosted a beat dinner on the Friday during the conference to share information about how to make the freelance life work, at least a little better. Here's a resource list we ended up with, put together from a variety of sources, including many gleanings from the ever helpful SEJ-Freelance listserv, participant suggestions, places people learned about from Maya Smart, and more. It's by no means exhaustive, and possibly redundant to other resource lists out there, but we wanted to share it in case it helps even one floundering freelance soul out there. Feel free to share widely.
The Business of Freelancing:
Poynter Online: http://www.poynter.org
Writer’s Market: http://www.writersmarket.com
CNN Small Business: http://money.cnn.com/smallbusiness
Wall Street Journal Small Business Marketing: http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-small-business-marketing.html
Biz Journals: http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/small_business
Small Business Planner: http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/index.html
Writer’s Digest: http://www.writersdigest.com/GeneralMenu
Writing Coach: http://www.writingcoach.com
Freelance Success: http://www.freelancesuccess.com
Association of Independents in Radio: http://airmedia.org
Daily Freelance Net: http://www.freelancedaily.net
Editorial Freelancers Association: http://www.the-efa.org
Editorial Pay Rates: http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php
Registering a business name: http://www.business.gov/register/business-name
Small business FAQ: http://www.business.gov/faqs
State taxes: http://www.business.gov/manage/taxes/state.html
IRS Small Business, including Employer Identification Number (EIN), taxes and more: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html
Best Business Practices for Photographers: http://www.best-business-practices.com
Blog Talk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com — Social network Internet radio site that supports free talk radio show hosting, podcasts and more.
Transom.org: http://transom.org — A website showcasing the work of new public radio, with a fantastic section on tools.
PRX: http://www.prx.org/ — Public Radio Exchange, a website where radio stations and independent producers can share their work. If radio stations air indy work, there’s a small royalty.
The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams: http://www.amazon.com/Non-Designers-Design-Book-Robin-Williams/dp/0321534042/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285258063&sr=8-1
Sound Reporting, put out by NPR: http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Reporting-Guide-Journalism-Production/dp/0226431789
Media Perils: http://publiability.com/ — Liability insurance.
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org — An open-source approach to copyright.
Covering your Ass (by SEJ-er Alion Kerr) http://writetodone.com/2010/10/15/are-you-using-protection-free-speech-libel-and-covering-your-ass/
Freelancers Union: http://www.freelancersunion.org/insurance/explore
The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center directory: http://www.ahirc.org
E Health insurance: http://ehealthinsurance.com
National Writers Union: http://www.nwu.org
Alternative Funding Sources:
SEJ list of fellowships and workshops: http://www.sej.org/initiatives/awards-fellowships/non-sej-environmental-journalism-fellowships-and-workshops
Fund for Environmental Journalism (SEJ): http://www.sej.org/initiatives/fund+for+environmental+journalism/overview
National Geographic Expeditions: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/grants-programs/ec-apply/
Fund for Investigative Journalism: http://fij.org
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting: http://pulitzercenter.org/travel-grants
Investigative Reporters and Editors: http://www.ire.org (Also have trainings)
Foundation Center: http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/fundingsources/gtio.html
Consider museums, historical societies, etc.
InvestigateWest: http://invw.org/ - A non-profit investigative journalism team started by former investigative journalists from the now-closed Seattle Post-Intelligencer. InvestigateWest uses foundation funding along with donations from private individuals to create multi-media content for the general public and media partners.
Oregon News Incubator: https://newsincubator.wordpress.com/ - A nonprofit network that advances entrepreneurial journalism in the evolving media ecosystem, supporting structures, tools and collaborative space for independent and emerging media producers.