The Journalism Division includes freelance journalists of all types; from stringers to feature writers to editors; for both print and the web. Freelancers in the digital age have seen their rates plummet. In the early days of writing for the web, writers bought the argument that readers demanded their content for free and the platforms were having trouble monetizing it. This is no longer the case. The revenue streams for digital content have grown over the last fifteen years while the rates that writers earn have mostly stagnated. A generation of writers have come of age believing that their writing is worth ten cents, five cents a word – many have even agreed for years to write for free in exchange for “exposure.” Our mission is to bring together freelance writers so that we can marshal our collective knowledge and financial resources to challenge this status quo. We need to research and define new standards for freelance journalism in the digital age and to promote and enforce those standards among our peers. We can have an impact, but we need you to join us. Our dues can help fund larger national initiatives to raise standards, but more importantly our members’ knowledge can help us map out the strategy and tactics it will take to win. Join the NWU Journalism Division today and get involved!
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The National Writers Union (NWU) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) filed comments October 17 with the US Copyright Office in response to pressure writers face in choosing between privacy and copyright protection. The Copyright Office recently proposed regulations by which writers—for a minimum $130 fee—could restrict some public access to the […]
—A Spanish/English language writer learned how to self publish. —An aspiring short-story writer found the encouragement to go on. —A journalist, who had returned from the Syrian-Jordanian border at 4 a.m. that morning, discussed interviewing military and homeland security people. These three were among the nine writers who gathered during a Let’s Talk About […]
On Saturday, October 15, the NWU Northern California chapter will curate a session at Lit Crawl-San Francisco called, National Writers Union Takes On Social Justice, featuring readings by NWU members Lizette Wanzer, Henry Millstein, Sarah E. Kornfeld, and September Williams. One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, Lit Crawl-SF attracts 10,000 people annually. We aim to […]