20 Best Journalist

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Kyra Patterson

London, United Kingdom

Unique voice, memorable narratives

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Jordan Dawson

Chicago, United States

Creative storyteller & writer 🌟

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Ashley Mejia

Orlando, United States

Experienced Journalist, Copywriter & Ghostwriter

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Datona Ball

Illinois, United States

Content Creator & Video Editor

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Max Hilding


Versatile Video Editor & Videographer

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Vlad Dan

Bucharest, Romania

Customer-Satisfaction Driven Marketing Pro

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Jessica Neutz

Detroit, United States

Thorough researcher delivering engaging content

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Christopher Fitzgerald

Massachusetts, United States

Copy Editor & Line Editor

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derek hollenberg

Madison, United States

Award-winning, results-oriented media producer.

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Frances Ajewole


Experienced content writer for diverse audiences

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Gina Khanna

United Kingdom

Unique Voice,Memorable Narratives,Engaging Content

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Mary Gutale


SEO Copywriter for impactful branding!

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Lee Cheadle

Sydney NSW, Australia

Versatile Writer & Editor | Quality Assured

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Supriya Chatterjee

Delhi, India

Seasoned copywriter and food photographer

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ysenia valdez

New York, United States

Experienced Digital Media Strategist & Writer

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Vaidehi Kothawade


Creative Scriptwriter for Film & Social Media

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Emily Reilly

Green Bay, United States

Elevating brands through impactful storytelling



Abuja, Nigeria

Writer & Community Manager

Common projects for Journalists

Writing feature articles for online or print publications.

Creating engaging blog posts on specific topics.

Conducting interviews and writing up the results.

Researching and writing white papers on complex topics.

Writing press releases.

Creating content for social media channels.

Tips for working with and hiring Journalists

Define your project

Clearly outline the type of content you need, your target audience, and the tone of voice. This will help your freelance journalist to create targeted and effective content.

Review their work

Take the time to thoroughly review the journalist's past work. This not only gives you an insight into their writing style, but also shows you the types of stories they've covered and their ability to conduct thorough research.

Communicate openly

Stay in constant communication with your journalist, providing feedback and direction where necessary. This ensures that your project stays on track and aligns with your vision. Always communicate through Contra to ensure transparency and effective collaboration.

Respect deadlines

Journalists work best with clear deadlines. When setting these, remember to allow ample time for research, writing, and revisions.

How to hire Journalists

Define your needs

Start by clearly defining the type of content you need. Whether it's a blog post, feature article, or press release, having a clear vision will help you find a journalist who can deliver what you need.

Post a detailed job

Create a detailed job posting on Contra. Include the type of content you need, the length, your target audience, and the tone of voice. The more information you provide, the better the journalist will understand your needs.

Review applications

Review the applications and shortlist the journalists who best fit your project needs. Review their past work and feedback from previous clients to get an idea of their writing style and professionalism.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with the shortlisted journalists. Use this opportunity to discuss the project in detail and gauge their understanding and enthusiasm about it.


Once you've found the right journalist for your project, hire them through Contra. This platform makes it easy to manage contracts and payments, ensuring a smooth collaboration.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Journalists

1. Can you tell me about a time when you had to write about a topic you were not familiar with? How did you approach it?

2. What type of content do you enjoy writing the most and why?

3. Can you describe a time when you had to meet a tight deadline? How did you ensure the work was completed on time and to a high standard?

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Frequently asked

A journalist is a professional writer who creates articles and reports on various topics for broadcast or publication. They conduct thorough research, interview sources, and write engaging content that informs, entertains, or persuades readers.

A journalist is a professional writer who creates articles and reports on various topics for broadcast or publication. They conduct thorough research, interview sources, and write engaging content that informs, entertains, or persuades readers.

Hiring a freelance journalist allows you to gain access to skilled writers who can create engaging and informative content. They are adept at researching a wide range of topics, conducting interviews, and writing in a compelling manner that can captivate your audience.

You can post a job on Contra specifying that you are looking for a freelance journalist. Detail your project requirements, deadlines, and budget. Freelance journalists who match your requirements can apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of journalists on Contra and directly invite those you find suitable to apply to your job post.

Projects that can benefit from a journalist's skills include creating content for blogs, articles, white papers, social media platforms, press releases and more. They can also conduct interviews, perform in-depth research and provide editing services.

The cost of hiring a journalist on Contra can vary depending on their experience level, the complexity of your project, and the length of the engagement. However, the rate for journalists typically starts at around $25 per hour.

Freelance journalists on Contra are paid commission-free. They can charge per project, per hour, or per milestone, depending on the agreement with the client. All payments are held in escrow and are released once the work is approved by the client or automatically within three days.

Journalists frequently use tools like Microsoft Office or Google Docs for writing, editing and formatting their work. They may also use tools for project management and communication like Slack or Asana. For research, they often use online databases and social media platforms.

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