How to Kickstart Your Career As a Freelance Journalist Part Two

You’ve learned best practices for pitching your stories. Now get feedback to help you polish up your pitches

Wednesday March 25
Classroom 3
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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This is part two of the course and will begin with a brief overview of the previous workshop. While it's not necessary to attend part one, it’s highly recommended that you do.

In “How to Kickstart Your Career As a Freelance Journalist Part One,” you learned the importance of understanding your voice, how to pinpoint a solid story, and best practices for pitching your stories. You have what it takes to begin pitching. But before sending them out, we’ll conduct a review clinic to ensure your pitches lead to published pieces at your target outlets. 

Key learning outcome:  

  • How to craft an effective pitch


About the Instructor

Janel Martinez is an entrepreneur and multimedia journalist. She's the founder of award-winning blog, Ain't I Latina?, an online destination celebrating Afro-Latinx womanhood. Martinez's platform has featured interviews with prominent Afro-Latinx women, including actress Selenis Leyva and singer Amara La Negra, among other women.

The Bronx, NY native is a frequent public speaker discussing media, tech, entrepreneurship, culture and identity, as well as diversity at conferences and events for Bloomberg, NBCU, SXSW, Harvard University and more. She’s appeared as a featured guest on national shows and outlets, such as BuzzFeed, ESSENCE, NPR and Sirius XM, and her work has appeared in Adweek, Univision Communications, Oprah Magazine, Remezcla and The New York Times. Martinez was included in the Red Bull-produced short doc, Hasta Abajo: Feminism, Sexuality and Reggaeton, and host of original Ain't I Latina? and Blossom series, ¡Representa!

The Honduran-American has been nominated for the 20th Annual Rosoff Award in the 20-Something Category and won the Afro-Latino Festival of New York's Digital Empowerment Award and, in 2018, was recognized at City Hall by the New York City Council, the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and the Bronx Delegation to the NYC Council for her contributions as a woman of Garifuna descent.