June 26, 2015 Last Updated 4:19 pm

New Washington Post Talent Network receives ‘overwhelming response’ from freelancers

The Washington Post’s new freelance effort has received so many inquiries from those interested that the paper today told those that registered that it may be a while until they get to review all the applicants. (See original TNM story here.)

Called The Washington Post Talent Network, freelancers register online, identifying their area of expertise – breaking news, enterprise or multimedia. The concept is an outgrowth of a similar network developed by Post associate editor Anne Kornblut when she was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford.

“It can be really hard to find the right freelancer, especially during breaking news, tracking them down can be very difficult,” Kornblut told Nieman Lab earlier this week.

Here Kornblut explains the rationale behind the effort:

The response from freelancers has apparently been greater than expected, as Eva Rodriguez, Editor, Talent Network at the Post told applicants in an email this afternoon:

Thank you for your interest in The Washington Post Talent Network. Due to overwhelming response, we will need quite a bit more time–possibly several weeks–to review all of the submissions. We are working diligently to get back to you as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

What the paper plans to pay freelancers is a bit of a mystery. Possibly the paper will be asking those they identify as possible stringers what their going rate is, or maybe the Post will go the other way and let those they identify what they will be willing to play once they let freelancers know they are being considered for the program.

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