Ebyline, a new content marketplace for news publishers and professional journalists, has launched. The service, which is open to professional journalists and freelancers with published work, offers an alternative to the typical journalistic model of publishing, allowing writers to improve their visibility and openly pitch, negotiate fees, and sell finished work to publishers and news organizations. For publishers, the Ebyline platform aims to improve the ease with which freelance stories can be assigned and purchased, offering incremental revenue opportunities.
Publishers and publications that plan to utilize Ebyline include Variety, ProPublica, Minnpost.com, and The Texas Observer, each with plans to price their stories at $25-$300. Journalists using the service at launch include members the Journalism Shop and the Sports Media Exchange, both organizations of credentialed freelance journalists. Access to Ebyline is free for all approved parties.