August 24, 2020

The New York Times reports that around 36,000 workers at news companies in the U.S. have been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced during the pandemic. More than 50 local newsrooms across America have closed.

If you’re impacted by these losses and considering freelancing (either for the first time or full-time), this resource list will help you explore the career move, develop the skills you need and form connections with other independents in media.

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Mel Grau is Poynter’s senior product specialist and editor of The Cohort. She’s also done her fair share of freelancing. Email her at or follow her on Twitter at @Mel_Grau.

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Mel Grau is the senior product specialist at The Poynter Institute, focusing on Poynter's training experiences and newsletters. She previously edited The Cohort, Poynter’s biweekly…
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