A Health Reporter Does The Freelance Hustle

Freelancing is freelancing whether you’re covering politics, media (ahem) or hunger in Niger, and Sam Loewenberg is no exception.

According to a new post at the USC Annenberg’s Reporting on Health blog, even a well-known writer like Loewenberg, who’s been awarded prestigious fellowships and placed stories in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and more, struggles to place stories in American media.

His solution: a numbers game. “If you search the subject headings of his emails for ‘proposal,’ you’ll get 1,000 hits, he explains.” Keep knocking on that door, in other words, and it’s got to open eventually.

Still, Loewenberg says he tries to stick to established relationships these days. “I can’t stand the hassle of [pitching] with new people,” he said.