Typical problem for freelancers: When they pitch an article to an editor, they must wait to hear back from that editor before they can pitch elsewhere. But a response can take days and maybe even weeks.
Typical problem for editors: With staff cutbacks, they’re relying on good freelancers more than ever. And timeliness is still an issue. Some editors receive more than 500 emails a day, so how can they quickly find the emails from the freelancers whose work they might buy?
Solution for both: Reporterist.com, a news exchange where freelancers and editors can connect. As a journalist, you can upload your work and submit it to a specific publication, like an article about hiking to an outdoor magazine, and give editors two weeks to view the story and decide to publish it.
Read more about it in the Online Journalism Review article “What if there were an eBay for news?”
A tip of the hat to Poynter Online’s Jim Romenesko for this one.