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!
Latest Division News
The National Writers Union was well represented at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention and Career Fair held in New Orleans held August 9-13, 2017. NABJ President Sarah Glover and her Board very generously gave our group a great platform to discuss the ongoing campaign to get Ebony freelancers paid. Prior to […]
The Philadelphia Chapter NWU presented its first Juneteenth event on June 16 at the Paul Robeson House and Museum, where Dr. Gerald Horne spoke to an excited, packed house on the topic of ‘The United States Enslavement Effecting the Present: The Globalization Struggle.’ NWU members staffed the event, including Irving Jones, chair; John Mason, secretary; […]
Last April, unpaid freelancers for Ebony magazine started the Twitter hashtag #Ebonyowes. NWU joined in the online discussion and slowly started developing a campaign to get the writers compensated. As of today, we have about 40 new members at Ebony, who are owed more than $70,000, and still more writers are joining almost daily. Under pressure from the […]