Hint: San Francisco isn’t one, at least according to a survey by nerdwallet, a financial planning Web site. The self-described nerds factored in things like the number of self-employed people in the area, the cost of housing, and the cost and availability of insurance. Los Angeles was at the top of the list, followed by Portland and Miami. Coming in at number 10 was Lincoln, NE. San Francisco didn’t make the cut, although Oakland scored No. 19 on the top 20. The list is hardly definitive, but it will give you some idea of what it might be like to live and work somewhere else.
After 30 years, this freelancer’s column still delights East Bay readers
By Laura Thomas
Veteran East Bay columnist Martin Snapp learned his craft writing for radio in the 1970s after his friend Diane Keaton (the broadcaster, not the actress) got him a job at KCBS Radio.
“Ted Feurey, the news director, was obsessed with winning the trivia game at the Kings X bar on Piedmont Avenue so Diane told him she knew a guy who knew a lot of crap,” Snapp recalled. “He had to give me a job to get me on the team and that’s how I got into the news business.”
Snapp took readily to writing and producing news, becoming adept at the pithy lede and quick take. “I firmly believe that radio is the best way to learn to write for journalism…. A leads to B and you don’t want the reader to miss anything.”
Freelancers do great work. Whether you’re a writer, an editor, a photographer or a poet, isn’t it about time your skills were recognized by your peers — and everybody else who loves journalism? We think so. That’s why the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild is sponsoring the first annual Freelance Journalism Awards Competition.
NOTE: Deadline has been extended by popular demand to March 31.
This contest is open to anyone – freelancer or staff writer – whose work was published on a freelance basis during calendar 2013 and who lives and works in California or Hawaii. You don’t have to be a member of the Media Workers to compete, but of course, we’d love it if you join us (If you’re a member of our Unit who lives in another state, you are invited as well).
To be sure that all entries are evaluated impartially, our colleagues in the Washington D.C./Baltimore and St. Louis guilds will handle the judging.
The time to enter is now.Follow this link and you’ll find the rules, the categories in which you may compete, and an application form. It is free to enter for all Guild members; $10 for non-members per entry; $25 for three or more entries. You can pay by check or by PayPal (below).
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Tell your colleagues about this contest and feel free to contact us if you have questions. And of course, we wish you the best of luck.
Freelance Journalism Awards. The contest features multiple categories. Entry is free for members of Guild Freelancers and is open to anyone in our Local's region: California and Hawaii. Deadline is March 17; apply now! For details and an application form, follow this link.
SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment. Seven categories bring recognition to the most important stories on the planet. Deadline is April 1, and the 2014 Awards will be presented on Sept. 3 at SEJ's 24th Annual Conference in New Orleans. First-place winners receive $500. Follow this link for details and to apply.
Desks for freelancers The San Francisco Public Press offers dedicated workspace for $275 per month at 44 Page St. near Market, Muni and BART. Current subletters are a freelance science writer and an arts/media nonprofit. Fee includes wireless DSL, phone line, printers, copiers, fax, kitchen, snacks and meeting space. Contact Lila LaHood by email at lila (at) sfpublicpress (dot) org, or by phone at (415) 495-7377.
Apply now for dental coverage. Obamacare may not include dental work, but members of all independent worker units may apply for Guild Freelancers dental benefits and vision coverage too. Click on "benefits" to learn how.
Free tips, tutorials. Guild members can access a wide range of tutorials for free at the CWA/NETT Academy. Visit the Facebook page to get started.
GUILD FREELANCERS is a growing part of the Pacific Media Workers Guild and The Newspaper Guild-CWA. We represent journalists and independent writers working in all types of media, and advocate vigorously on their behalf in the marketplace, the Legislature, and the public mind. We work to provide benefits, services, and educational programs for our members as the publishing industry evolves.