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Hello and welcome to Freelancing With Tim! This newsletter is a resource for journalists full of tips, advice and guidance about making it in the industry. It covers everything from writing the perfect pitch and building a freelance business to crafting a longform narrative and generating story ideas.

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Now let’s get to the goods: all those excellent pitching guides. Good luck!

American Prospect


Atlas Obscura

BBC Worklife

Bon Appetit, Basically and Healthyish

Brain Facts

Business Insider


Chronicle of Higher Education

Condé Nast Traveler

The Correspondent

DAME Magazine



Earther, Gizmodo, io9 and 


Fast Company

The Financial Diet



Freelancing With Tim

The Guardian’s Music Section

Hidden Compass

High Country News

Institutional Investor

Laptop Mag

Lit Hub

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Mental Floss

The Muse

National Geographic

NPR, Code Switch



Penlight Magazine


Popular Science


Psychology Today

Rest of World



Scientific American



Smart Mouth

The Startup

Texas Highways

This American Life


The Verge

Vice’s Motherboard


The Washington Post, Inspired Life

The Washington Post, Launcher




The Atlantic (General advice)

Deadspin (R.I.P., but it’s an excellent guide)

NPR (More general advice)

The Outline (also R.I.P., but another useful guide)

Oh, a few other things …

• On July 30, more than 150 incredibly generous people helped raise $1,873.21 (!!!) for the Journalist Furlough Fund. What! That is amazing! Huge, huge thanks to Lyz Lenz, Kim Kelly, Wesley Lowery, Sopan Deb, Soraya McDonald and Paige Cornwell for joining our panel, it was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to do another one!

• Friendly reminder to take 15 minutes right now and email that editor who has owed you money for an assignment for months. It works!

• Send questions, comments, thoughts, cute pet photos or anything else to freelancingwithtim@gmail.com, and follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the week about sessions.

Okay bye ily!
-Tim ❤️