The Washington Post established its own online “Talent Network” in 2015 to match seasoned freelance writers and journalists with editors at national and international newspapers and media agencies who have emerging or urgent story assignments. Freelance writers can also use the online platform to collaborate and brainstorm with editors on stories.
The Talent Network assigns stories to vetted freelance writers based on the attributes of their profile; this includes the writer’s knowledge, professional background, experience, and location. Writers can quickly accept assignments and collaborate with editors directly. The editorial assignments primarily encompass national and international news stories and blog posts that require writers to produce engaging, factual, and timely investigative pieces. Subject areas consist of Business, Style, Health, Politics, National Security, and other hot-topic verticals.
To join The Washington Post‘s Talent Network, writers can register online for free and flesh out their personal profile with contact info., samples of published stories, references, credentials, and a resume. A staff editor will review pending profiles for approval.
Compensation: the amount of payment is calculated on the type of assignment, the complexity and scope of the story, and its importance.