Journalism Division

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!

There are links on the right-hand side of this page for joining our Journalism Division Email List and for purchasing IFJ and NWU Press Passes. 

If you are a freelancer with The Nation, click here for more information on the NWU agreement with The Nation. 

Latest Division News

Writer Alert—UPTOWN Magazine—October 18 2017

UPTOWN Magazine–a national publication with regional editions in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. –has not been paying all of its freelance writers. Some writers remain unpaid since October, 2014. Together five writers, now represented by the National Writers Union, are owed $18,825 for work published by UPTOWN over the past three years. The NWU has tried repeatedly […]

NYC Chapter Resumes Monthly Series Oct. 11

The NY Chapter has resumed its monthly speaker programs, where writers can learn about the business side of writing. We will cover topics such as social media platforms for marketing, identifying and expressing your brand, writing  kick-ass query letters and getting an agent/editor, creating a winning press packet, writing in multiple genres on multiple platforms, […]

Canada Lawsuit Could Affect You

Writers whose work might have been used by Canadian universities should be aware of a Monday, October 16, deadline. If you think you may be affected, that’s the date by which you would need to opt out if you’d prefer not to be included in a particular class of the suit. More background on the […]