What is it? WePress is a community marketplace that connects professional freelance journalists with publishers looking to commission stories.
How is it of use to journalists? The app serves as a network of verified professionals on your mobile device, where freelance journalists can pitch their work to publishers, and publishers can find reporters or copywriters to produce their content.
The app aims for its users to "proactively pursue commercial opportunities and collaborations that are industry related", co-founder Mohamed Parham Al Awadhi wrote in a post on Medium.
As a result, users have access to everyone in the WePress Directory, from publishers, to freelance journalists, copy editors, layout designers or journalism NGOs.
Journalists will be able to create their own profile, where they can connect to their social networking accounts, consolidate their work and tag themselves to describe what they do – increasing the chance of being found on the platform and getting commissioned.
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Both pitches and briefs can be instantly created within the WePress Marketplace, where you can include details such as an upcoming event you are wiling to cover, your hourly rate or training classes you provide.
On the other hand, if you need someone to help you with a project, for example a transcriber, you can describe the job and how much you are willing to pay for it.
One of the main strengths of WePress is that it serves as a compact tool to connect with other journalism professionals directly to find work and negotiate terms, as opposed to using a middle-man such as a third party agency.
It can be useful if you are looking to advertise any refined specific services you offer, such as media research, transcribing services or infographic development.
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