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

(Updated 9/25/21)

American Prospect

Artsy

Atlas Obscura

BBC Worklife

Bon Appetit, Basically and Healthyish

Brain Facts

Business Insider

Bustle

Chronicle of Higher Education

Columbia Journalism Review

Condé Nast Traveler

DAME Magazine

Defector

Discover

Earther, Gizmodo, io9 and 

Epicurious

Fast Company

The Financial Diet

FiveThirtyEight

Forge

Freelancing With Tim

Good Housekeeping

The Guardian’s Music Section

Hidden Compass

High Country News

Institutional Investor

Laptop Mag

Lit Hub


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Longreads

McSweeney’s

Mental Floss

The Muse

National Geographic

NPR, Code Switch

Outside

Pellicle

Penlight Magazine

Polygon

Popular Mechanics

Popular Science

Prism

Psychology Today

Rest of World

Runner’s World

Sapiens

Science

Scientific American

Self

Slate

Smart Mouth

STAT

The Startup

Texas Highways

This American Life

Undark

The Verge

Vice’s Motherboard

Vox

The Washington Post, Inspired Life

The Washington Post, Launcher

Wine Enthusiast

Wirecutter

Wired

xoNecole

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 ❤️