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Tip sheet: Best practices for pitching freelance stories

CASW Connector

On January 10, CASW Connector hosted a Chat discussing the best practices for pitching freelance stories, including how to structure your pitch, how to approach new editors, the art of the soft pitch, and much more. The panelists answered attendees’ questions, and participants discussed specific issues about pitching in breakout groups. This event was facilitated by Connector managing editor Kate Travis, and the panelists were: Robin Lloyd, freelance writer and editor, CASW president, and creator and curator of Science media outlets to pitch; Victoria Jaggard, deputy editor, health and science, The Washington Post; Esther Landhuis, freelance science & health journalist; and Debbie Ponchner, editor, Knowable en español, and CASW board member.

Top tips for breaking into narrative journalism


Journalist Barbara Mantel hosted a webinar on breaking into narrative journalism with panelists Jane C. Hu, a freelance writer based in Seattle; Brady Huggett, the enterprise editor at Spectrum; and Pamela Weintraub, the senior editor for science and psychology at Aeon and the co-editor in chief of OpenMind magazine. This article rounds up the some key takeaways from the webinar. "Hu shared her experience researching, pitching and getting funding for these character-rich, complicated stories. Huggett and Weintraub talked about the hard work that goes into editing them. All three offered valuable advice to freelancers."
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Pitch Publish Prosper: Online resources for The Science Writers’ Handbook


This collection of online resources on the NASW website accompanies The Science Writers Handbook, both produced by an online community of science writers called SciLance. "The Science Writers' Handbook was published in 2013, and for two years SciLancers also produced a blog — Pitch Publish Prosper — with nearly 300 posts. A collection of the 20 most popular posts is now archived here under four headings: Freelancing 101, Pitch, Publish, and Prosper."

How to Get Started in Freelance Science Writing

"In this book, Sheeva Azma, a freelance science writer since 2013, shares her best advice for how to transition from science to science writing. If you’re interested in freelance science writing but not sure how to get started, this book is for you. Learn about the basics of freelancing and how you can use your valuable research and critical thinking skills gained from your science background."

Fancy Comma blog

The Fancy Comma blog includes insights on all things science writing: science communication, science writing, science journalism, science copywriting, and more, updated weekly. It accepts pitches; see Fancy Comma also offers a resource page with suggested links for anyone interested in getting into science writing:
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Media outlets that publish science stories

This list of media outlets that publish science stories was assembled and is maintained by Robin Lloyd, a freelance writer and contributing editor for Scientific American.
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AHCJ Freelance Center


AHCJ offers a number of resources for freelance journalists working on health-related topics. Unlike other resources from the association, this resource center is freely available for non-members. "Our resources include job postings, advice articles, webcasts, links and more, and we look to members like you to offer suggestions, write tip sheets and expand our available links. We also have an active Freelance Committee interested in pursuing more services for you."
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JourLance – Connecting science journalists with global opportunities

SciComm X

"JourLance is a dynamic platform that connects talented journalists with publishers to create high-quality, diverse projects covering science, technology, environment, health, innovations, and sustainability. At JourLance, our mission is to democratize the media and bring new, unique voices to media organizations. We believe in equal opportunities for all, providing freelancing opportunities for journalists worldwide and empowering publishers to access the best science journalists without location limitations. With our platform, we strive to make the world of science and technology more accessible, diverse, and inclusive."

The Writers’ Co-op: Set yourself up well for freelancing when you’re full-time

The Writers' Co-op an audio business handbook for freelance creatives. In this episode, Wudan Yan talks with freelance journalist Karen Given about maintaining relationships, understanding the freelance market, building your own brand, and more. "If you consume media, are a media worker, or just happen to pay attention to what’s happening to the media landscape, you might have heard that the industry is having… a bad time, to say the least. Hundreds of reporters and media employees have been laid off this year as newsrooms are shutting down or downsizing. Some who are affected by these cuts try to move on to another full-time job, but other times, a layoff can lead to the freelance life."      

The Open Notebook

The Open Notebook

"The Open Notebook is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all experience levels sharpen their skills. We are guided by two principles: that high-quality science journalism is essential to society, and that everyone, including science journalists, learns best by practicing the craft as part of a supportive, diverse community of people who are all striving to master their skills."

SciCommBites: Science (bites) of science communication

SciComm Trainers Network

"SciCommBites is a research summary blog site dedicated to digesting and translating the latest science on science communication. It aims to bridge science communication students, researchers, practitioners, and trainers who want to learn and apply the latest evidence, and to provide professional development opportunities for our authors."

Science Writing News Roundup

Science writer Marianna Limas rounds up the latest news, opportunities, resources, videos, and events related to science writing and science journalism in this free weekly newsletter. A paid subscriber option offers even more job opportunities.

NASW professional development workshops


NASW regularly offers online workshops on topics such as freelance business practices, writing books, and networking. Videos of the events are available online but sometimes are restricted to NASW members.