From our personal experiences, we know the emotional and financial turmoil that comes with layoffs and transitions into new careers or freelance work. Below, we provide a few resources we found helpful. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list or an endorsement.

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COBRA provides health and medical coverage options for the unemployed.
International Suicide Prevention
ISP Wiki
The International Suicide Prevention is a worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources.
Stanford: Coping with the Emotional Impact of a Layoff
Stanford University provides tips for recognizing and coping with the emotional impact of layoffs.
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
Dart Center, a project of Columbia’s Journalism School, identifies key signs of PTSD, the effects of covering trauma, and how to treat mental health issues.


Global Investigative Journalism Network
The Global Investigative Journalism Network is a regularly updated list of various “programs of special interest to investigative journalists around the world.”
Investigative Reporters & Editors Grant
IRE Grant
The IRE Grant offers journalists the opportunity to attend training events and conferences.
Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant
The FIJ offers grants and fellowships tailored to investigative journalists. Mentorship programs are also available.
Rory Peck Trust
The Rory Peck Trust supports freelance journalists through regional projects, assistance grants, and safety training bursaries.
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Based out of Oxford University, these fully-funded fellowships enable journalists to conduct in-depth research on a topic of their choice.
ICFJ Knight Fellowships
For the International Center for Journalists, candidates may either propose a fellowship topic or apply to a fellowship opening list on the website.
World Journalist Fellowship
NYU’s World Journalists Fellowships are opportunities designated for journalists “working internationally for at least four consecutive years.”
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship
JSK Journalism Fellowships support diverse journalists from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to journalism’s biggest problems.
Alicia Patterson Foundation
The Alicia Patterson Foundation’s fellowships support journalists "engaged in rigorous, probing, spirited, independent and skeptical work that will benefit the public."
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute provides a curated list of various grants and fellowships offered globally for journalists.
Leonard C. Goodman Institute
The Leonard C. Goodman Institute finances and supports reporting that “challenges—and changes—the status quo.”
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
The McGraw Fellowship is designed to "enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting” necessary for business journalism.
Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship at Harvard was developed to inspire critical thinking and to fund journalists to “write on issues central to our media and politics.”
World Press Institute Fellowship
The WPI Fellowship funds journalists to explore stories on the relationship between free press, the government, business transparency, and accountability.
Dart Ochberg Fellowships
Dart Ochberg Fellowships “improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy” and increase awareness of emotional trauma.
Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism
The Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism is geared towards outstanding subject-matter specialists.
Pulitzer Center: Persephone Miel Fellowship
The Pulitzer Center’s Miel Fellowship exists to “help journalists from the developing world” report on an international stage.
The John Alexander Project: Above The Fray
The John Alexander Project helps develop future reporters through Above the Fray, a radio journalism program targeting “important but under-reported stories" abroad.
Firecracker Photographic Grant
The Firecracker Photo Grant funds "the completion of a documentary photographic project” for female and non-binary photographers.
Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Program
The Magnum Foundation pushes for diversity in photographic journalism by funding photographers interested in social change.
The Tim Hetherington Fellowship
The Tim Hetherington Fellowship was established for photographers that want to tell “compelling stories about politics, conflict, and the human experience.”
Niemann-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
The Niemann-Berkman Klein Fellowship at Harvard University fosters research and writing on “any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation.”
The Kiplinger Program
The Kiplinger Program at Ohio State offers “cutting-edge training on digital tools and tactics” for journalists to incorporate into their work.


National Association of Black Journalists
The NABJ is an organization of journalists, students, and media-related professionals that “advocate on behalf of black journalists worldwide.”
National Hispanic Media Coalition
The NHMC is “the media watchdog for the Latino community,” ensuring the fair and consistent representation of Latinos in news and entertainment.
Asian American Journalists Association
The AAJA supports and advocates for Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists across the industry.
Native American Journalists Association
NAJA “empowers the Indigenous voice through journalism.”
National Center on Disability and Journalism
The NCDJ “provides support and guidance to journalists as they cover people with disabilities.”
National Press Photographers Association
The NPPA serves as the “voice for visual journalists," including still photographers, television videographers, editors, and students in the journalism field.
International Women’s Media Foundation
IWMF supports and empowers “female journalists to transform the global news media.”
Freelancer Journalists Union
The Freelance Journalists Union "organizes to improve working conditions and assert rights" for journalists, writers, filmmakers, and more.
Writers of Color
Writers of Color aims to increase the visibility of publications written by people of color. The Twitter account regularly posts job and freelance opportunities.
Journalism & Women Symposium
JAWS has been around for more than 30 years, fighting for the empowerment and growth of women journalists.
Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing
SABEW encourages comprehensive reporting of economic events and provides continued education to highlight the importance of journalism.
Online News Association
The Online News Association connects journalism, technology, and innovation. "ONA’s mission is to inspire and support innovation and excellence in digital journalism."


JobHero: Media & Journalism Resumes
Check out some examples of media and journalism resumes.
LinkedIn for Journalists
Use LinkedIn for Journalists to “find the right sources, quickly get up to speed on trends, find valuable insights and build your audience.”
Emily Steck for Quietly: “How To Create a Killer Writing Portfolio for Freelancers”
“...In this series, we offer up tips, tricks and general commentary on the journey (or slog) that is being a writer...”
Chris Daniels for Houston Chronicle: “How to Make a Journalistic Portfolio”
A how-to guide for building the best journalistic portfolio.


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