The Washington Post built its own social network in order for editors to hire freelancers easily and quickly.
The tool, The Washington Post Talent Network, launched earlier this week and serves as a universal system that Post editors (across all departments) have access to for posting assignments and seeking out writers with specific skill sets for news stories, blogs and long features.
Freelancers are also able to use the Talent Network to pitch their own ideas.
Freelancers can sign up and create profiles that detail their professional experience and include work samples. They can also sync their LinkedIn accounts, providing a quick and easy way to complete their profiles.
"In terms of technology, it is a completely new system, built from the ground up. Prior to this, each desk had its own way of working with freelancers. So, for instance, an editor on the national desk might be looking for a reporter in Reno, Nevada, and not know that someone in Style has one on speed dial. Now, those freelancers will be accessible to all editors, and also better able to pitch stories across desks," The Post's assistant editor, Anne Kornblut, told NiemanLab.Add a Comment | Back to Top
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