Writer 2.0: Web tools for modern freelancer

For better or worse, being jacked into the WWW is an essential part of life as a professional writer in the ’00s. For those who know where to look, the Internet provides some powerful tools to help bring journalists and clients together, besides help them network, organize their lives and of course, advertise their services.

We all know about Google, Yahoo, Altavista’s Babelfish and Wikipedia. And of course, PWAC’s own ListServs. Here are a couple you may not know about and should definitely check out (feel free to add your own favourites in the comments area below):

  • Newsbureau
    A Canadian company that offers a sort of match-making service between journalists looking for a lead, editors looking for stories and businesses (including PR firms) with stories to tell. Allows freelancers to advertise their skills or expertise to assignment editors.
  • Mediabistro
    A US site that aspires to be a media guild for the 21st century, providing opportunities for professionals across various disciplines to meet, share experiences, learn from the pros, promote themselves, and most of all, get the inside scoop on how to pitch over 250 major publications.
  • MediaKitty
    The travel-specific counterpart to Newsbureau, connecting journalists and PR professionals in travel and lifestyle industries. Allows writers and photographers to advertise their services, including the destinations they can cover.
  • Travelwriters
    A US website similar to Newsbureau, with the addition of a bulletin board system.
  • Evernote
    A nifty tool that allows you to capture digital information — random thoughts, web links, excerpts of text, even words in a photo — and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
  • Sonar
    Somewhat archaic, but still one of the only software applications I’ve found specifically for keeping track of manuscript submissions.




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