KEEPERS OF THE FLAME
by Tim Simmers
When you're looking at a full-time newspaper job in the rear-view mirror, the road ahead can be treacherous. It can also be open and full of possibilities.
With newspapers collapsing and shrinking, the freelance world is replete with journalists hustling for work after taking a buyout or getting laid off. The business climate has been brutal, and difficult to navigate for many people just starting to work independently. It can be doubly tough after leaving a secure job in the newsroom, where paychecks roll in on time.
But while it's challenging, where there's danger there’s opportunity. That’s an old business mantra, and freelancing is a business. The survivors are writing books and magazine articles, working for elected officials, doing research and public relations, and still cranking out newspaper stories. Anything to keep that writing flame alive.
Getting freelance jobs takes focus and determination. It also takes research and plenty of self-marketing. The people landing plumb writing assignments admit there’s a big advantage if you know editors in good places. Continue Reading
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We will negotiate with CFI leadership and TNG during the next two weeks with the singular goal of keeping our Local intact.
The NLRB has issued a complaint charging Purple Communications with violating labor law at its Denver facility. The complaint involves multiple charges ranging from retaliation against union activists with closer scrutiny and discipline to failure to negotiate with the union over implementation of the 2% utilization rule and changes to the teaming policy.
The Executive Committee and Representative Assembly voted during a Special Meeting on Feb. 8, 2014, to deny an appeal of the 2013 Local officers election.
Freelance journalist Richard Knee will receive a Distinguished Service Award for 12 years of service on San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.
Monterey County Herald members delivered a petition for a fair pay increase and a reasonable cap on what employees pay for health care to publisher Gary Omernick.
Margo Brenes, long-time Guild membership coordinator, celebrated 40 years of union membership Tuesday.
The Guild’s Local Election Committee has certified the results of last month’s election, finding that there were no procedural or substantive grounds for setting the results aside.
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