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National Public Radio
http://www.npr.org/about/pitch/
This is the page you should go to if you’d like to expand your ‘sphere of influence’. Also try going directly to the homepages of individual shows to see what their guidelines are.

Transom
http://www.transom.org/
This is an excellent public radio site that has all kinds of info on the craft of radio, equipment, writing aids, and you can even submit your work for airing and sale on public radio stations.

British Broadcasting Corporation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/freelancers/index.shtml
This link will lead you to everything you need to know about freelancing to the BBC.

National Union of Journalists Freelance Page
http://www.nuj.org.uk/inner.php?docid=57
This UK-based union has a large directory, guide to fees, and other valuable information you will need if freelancing to organizations in the United Kingdom.

Tod Maffin
http://todmaffin.com/blogs/radiofreelancing/
http://www.todmaffin.com/blogs/radio/
These are two great sites from technology guru Tod Maffin, who also produces material for the CBC and is advising the Corporation on a podcast strategy. The RadioFreelancing.com site even has listings of freelance work available. Keep in touch with the world of radio through his ILoveRadio.org blog. Always some good reading!

Professional Writers Association of Canada
www.pwac.ca
Formerly known as the Periodical Writers Association of Canada, PWAC is a great resource for freelancers writing for magazines, newpapers and professional contract work.

The Burry Man Writers Centre
http://www.burryman.com/freelance.html
A large compendium of freelance opportunities around the world. Beware, some links are out of date or broken.

Media Kitty
http://www.mediakitty.com/
This website puts together publicists and journalists, and includes listings of sponsored trips.

American Society of Journalists & Authors
http://www.asja.org/
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is America’s leading organization of independent nonfiction writers.

The Writers Guild of Canada
http://www.writersguildofcanada.com/
The Writers Guild of Canada is a national association representing more than 1,800 writers working in film, television, radio, and multimedia production in Canada.

Canadian Authors Association
http://www.canauthors.org/
The Canadian Authors Association is Canada’s national writing organization. Founded in 1921, the CAA has played a key role in the support and development of the Canadian writing community.

Editors’ Association of Canada
http://www.editors.ca/
The Editors’ Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communications. Its 1,600-plus members, salaried and freelance, work with individuals and in the corporate, technical, government, non-profit, and publishing sectors.

National Writers Union
http://www.nwu.org/
The National Writers Union is a U.S.-based labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media.

Copyright Clearance Centre
http://www.copyright.com/
Copyright Clearance Center is a provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry. You would contact them if you were responsible for clearing copyright for a clip from a TV show or movie, for example, you were using in your piece. Most of the time the CBC would take care of this, but you should be aware of your responsibilities in this regard. See the appropriate section regarding copyright in the collective agreement.

The Editorial Freelancers Association
http://www.the-efa.org/
The Editorial Freelancers Association is a U.S.-based, not-for-profit, professional organization of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries.

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