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. 

Freelancer Agreements

NWU has written agreements with a number of publications that detail standards and procedures for their freelance writers. For more information on these agreements follow the links below: 

The Nation

In These Times

Jacobin Magazine

Latest Division News

NWU and allies urge easier, cheaper copyright registration for online work

The NWU and National Press Photographers Association filed written comments yesterday with the US Copyright Office to create a new procedure to register multiple written works first distributed online. The intent is that the collection of works can be registered for a single fee and with a single application. This proposalwas made in response to a petition initiated by the […]

Settlement of Goldberg Lawsuit A Victory for Journalists

National Writers Union member Ryan Goldberg, a NYC-based freelance journalist, has recently settled the defamation lawsuit brought against him by the subject of one of his investigative stories. The 2017 lawsuit took issue with Goldberg’s 2016 article, “How America’s Favorite Sports Betting Expert Turned A Sucker’s Game Into an Industry,” on the website Deadspin. The […]

Postcard From Morocco

Morocco will dispel many stereotypes about this country. Though 97% Muslim, burkas are in relatively short supply. Western clothes proliferate, especially in the large cities. The landscape is surprisingly green except for the Sahara desert in the south. From the cities teeming with shopkeepers and laborers to the fields and villages where men gather to watch […]