Journalism Shop Opens Up to Non-LAT Journos

Say you’re a laid-off journalist who has worked for over five years at a major newspaper, you are not exactly a blogger but you’re too young to hang up your press pass just yet. Meet, the Journalism Shop. First started as an aid to ex-LA Times staffers looking for work has now expanded to other laid off journalist.

Just don’t hit them up if you’re a successful freelancer who’s never been on staff. They’re there for the in-betweens.

Why did they suddenly open it up to people outside of the LAT? “Journalism Shop was growing as big as it was going to grow,” founder Brett Levy tells FBLA.

In partnership with Ebyline, Journalism Shop is a bit like the “eBay of newspaper journalism” or an al a carte syndication service. Newsrooms that have been paired down can hire vetted journalists to cover assignments and out-of-work reporters can get gigs. Gigs paid for by newspapers as opposed to ProPublica where it’s a non-profit.

After the jump is the press release in full.

Journalism Shop seeks reporters

The Journalism Shop, which has been helping former Los Angeles Times journalists find freelance work since the summer of 2009, is broadening its focus and extending an invitation to journalists around the nation to submit applications. We hope to add to our network highly experienced journalists who would like the benefit of a brand-name organization to help find freelance projects.

The expansion of The Journalism Shop will coincide with the birth of Ebyline, a marketplace for reporters and publishers. Ebyline, which is expected to launch by summer, allows reporters to make pitches to publishers and negotiate prices via a simple web interface. The service also will allow editors to offer projects directly to freelance reporters. The Journalism Shop expects to be a member of the service once it is up and running.

Reporters interested in applying to join The Journalism Shop can go HERE for more information. It’s important to be aware that The Journalism Shop is not offering a job, nor does it provide any guarantee of work. It is a place to hang your shingle (members get individual “landing” pages), to be a part of a network of freelancers to be considered for “over the transom” assignments, and notch on your journalism resume.

The Journalism Shop was founded in 2009 by a group of former Los Angeles Times journalists and is spearheaded by Scott Martelle and Brett Levy.

Previously on FBLA: The Journalism Shop of Former LAT Staffers Launches