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Eight international freelancers who regularly contribute to US publications share their tips on pitching, taxes, and establishing a beat.
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Study Hall Listserv
Exchange tips with over 4,500 other media workers.
Access our Listserv and editorial content. On the Listserv, our 4,500+ members discuss the ups and downs of the media industry, share our work, and debate best practices, from journalism to criticism and book publishing. The Listserv archive also has thousands of previous threads with answers to any conceivable freelancing question.
Subscribers receive two weekly newsletters. The Monday Study Hall Digest is a weekly commentary on the media industry, with news, commentary, and gossip. The Tuesday Opportunities newsletter delivers hundreds of media job listings, pitch calls, fellowships, and our classified ads.
Listserv subscribers also get access to our original reporting as well as our How-To content, where we explain journalism strategies and frequently asked questions. We’ve heard it’s a good replacement for J-school.
$8 / month
✎ Study Hall Digest every Monday, plus original features and interviews every week (sample here).
✎ Newsletter of jobs and freelance opportunities every Tuesday (sample here).
✎ Access to email Listserv of 4,500+ journalists, a friendly community with ongoing discussions daily.
✎ The Listserv archive, with thousands of previous threads answering any conceivable freelancing question.
✎ A safe, moderated community: Study Hall has a zero-tolerance policy for biased or inappropriate behavior.
Study Hall Network
Slack chat, editor databases, Listserv, and more.
Our Network level is an app-based social network and a custom platform for developing your writing or freelance career. The Study Hall community on our email Listserv and Slack chat can answer any work question.
Network subscribers get access to Study Hall’s private databases, including an editor database with 400+ editors and publications; lists of publications that don’t pay on time; pitch guides to publications like The New Yorker and New York Times Magazine; and more.
Our Slack hosts running chats with channels like a pitch workshop, space for short-term advice requests, and cultural criticism. There are also private channels for freelance writers only (no editors), women, media workers of color, and LGBTQ members.
$13 / month
✎ Includes everything in the Listserv subscription.
✎ Private Slack with channels for women, LGBTQ, media workers of color, and other groups (details here).
✎ Professional business resources, including a shared database of 400+ editor contacts, updated every week.
✎ Detailed pitch guides for publications like NYT Magazine, New York Magazine, and Harper’s.
✎ Databases of successful pitches for major magazines and websites.
Media Workers of Color
Our subsidized membership program.
This tier is for media workers of color who cannot afford higher-priced levels. Subsidized members get access to everything Study Hall offers. This level includes all Network benefits, like Slack and editor databases.
Others who face structural bias in the industry may also be approved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
$2 / month
✎ Access to all of Study Hall’s benefits listed above, both Listserv and Network.
✎ Private Slack chats for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and more.
✎ If your financial situation improves, consider upgrading.
“Through Study Hall, I’ve gotten suggestions for where to pitch, editor contacts, guidance in negotiating contracts, and, maybe most importantly, a community of friendly and supportive writers who are there for each other for crises and tiny questions, with every kind of help.”
Jaime Green, writer and editor
“As a writer, I’ve met editors who I am now writing for; as an editor, I’ve met writers who are now writing fantastic things for me. Who knew the circle of journalistic life could be so great?”
Tori Telfer, author of Lady Killers
“Study Hall is helpful for editors because it allows us to catch writers at all points in the process, not just at the end of a pitch.”
Michelle Legro, editor at GEN / Medium
“At the beginning of our editorial strategy, we sent a brief to the Study Hall network and got connected to dozens of excellent writers. We ended up working exclusively with Study Hall writers and the results speak for themselves.”
Toby Shorin, Underdog.io