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Sara Horowitz on What ‘Obamacare’ Means to Freelancers

When Sara Horowitz was hired as a lawyer, she was made an independent contractor and wasn’t given any benefits. Since then, she’s created Working Today, a nonprofit for uniting freelancers; Freelancers Union, an organization that promotes the needs of independent workers; and Freelancers Insurance Company, which provides health insurance. She also authored the recently released Freelancer’s Bible, a practical guide for the self-employed.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Horowitz talks about the best and worst parts of freelancing, and gives advice on networking, budgeting and getting ahead. Here’s an excerpt:

How does the re-election of President Obama and his healthcare agenda play into the future of the practice?
There are other things that are good all around, like the end of the preexisting conditions. We’re a nonprofit, and we own our own insurance company, so there are no private shareholders. I think what we’re going to see is that a lot of private equity is going to move out of the insurance business per se, because they won’t be able to make as much money. So, I think there’s going to be a lot of changes afoot in the healthcare industry.

For more, read So What Do You Do, Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Freelancer’s Union?

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: President-elect Obama.

  • This Week: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, President, United Auto Workers, The Wall Street Journals’ Peggy Noonan, the Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), Member, Senate Budget Committee and New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan and Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama/ Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee and a panel with Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post & Time Magazine. The Power Player is Jim Messina, Director of Personnel for the Transition Team of President-elect Barack Obama and is the incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • Reliable Sources: Dana Milbank, columnist, The Washington Post; Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large, National Review Online, Eric Deggans, television critic, St. Petersburg Times, Andrew Tyndall, blogger, Tyndallreport.com, Michael Wolff, author, “The Man Owns the News: Inside Secret World of Rupert Murdoch”

  • CNN’s After Party: Brian DeBose, editorial writer, The Washington Times, Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation, Stephen Hayes, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; CNN political contributor, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; former speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist, Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist; president, New Future Communications. Hosted this week by Hilary Rosen and David Brody, CNN political contributors

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA), Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Joe Johns, CNN senior correspondent.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Joe Kernen of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post Writers Group.

  • The Post Politics Program: Chris Cillizza, Eli Saslow, Post contributor Paul Light and Jennifer Agiesta.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: General Hamid Gul, former Pakistan Intelligence Chief, Shuja Nawaz, Author, author, “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within”, Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, Pakistan Army Corps (Ret.), David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico

  • Morning Reading List, 11.25.08

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    Good Morning Washington. What DC restaurant is featured above? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.”

    Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

    We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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    Morning Reading List, 11.07.08

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    Good morning Washington.

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    Morning Reading List, 01.08.08

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    Happy New Hampshire Primary Day Washington! On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivered our first State of the Union. In 1992, Bush 41 puked on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi, and, in 2006, Tom DeLay resigned as House Majority Leader.

    Happy 41st R Kelly!

    (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

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  • You think the CW will be true — Obama and McCain win today in NH.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • ABC announced that Lee Kamlet is joining World News as head writer. Lee replaces Josh Landis, who is now a correspondent at CBS News.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • With Bill Kristol’s first New York Times piece yesterday, Marty Kaplan looks at the evolution of the Times’ op-ed page.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reported, “Ted Nalbantian, 19, an Obama supporter from Ridgewood, N.J., has been stationed all afternoon outside the Des Moines media hangout Centro, where his task is to encourage Iowans to caucus for Obama. He approached, in quick succession, me, Maureen Dowd and Ana Marie Cox.” Awwwww.

  • The New York Times reports, “CNBC and The New York Times have agreed to share material on their Web sites, uniting the main competitive targets of the News Corporation’s new ventures, the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal.”

  • Erik Wemple take a dig at a former City Paper reporter.

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ delivered its best Fourth quarter in three years (2004). In addition, ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among Adults 25-54 in the Fourth quarter for the first time in seven years (2000).”

  • Also from ABC, “Saturday’s ABC News/Facebook/WMUR-TV’s back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates were the most-watched of the 2008 presidential cycle. The Democratic debate averaged 9.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.9 rating among Adults 25-54. The Republican debate averaged 7.35 million Total Viewers and a 1.8 rating among Adults 25-54. Averaged together, the debates garnered 8.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.4 among the key Adult 25-54 demographic.” TVNewser has the full debate ranker for all of the debates to date.

  • NBC announced, “Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. MSNBC’s live primary coverage kicks off with a special edition of ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ at 5 p.m. ET.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 30, 2007 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.594 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. The last time ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 was seven years ago (4th quarter 2000) and the last time ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers in the 4th quarter was 2002.”

  • A CNN release announced, “From the new CNN Election Center in New York and from around the state of New Hampshire, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and CNN’s political team will guide the network’s special coverage. CNN’s special programming will begin at 8 p.m. (ET)-following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room and Lou Dobbs Tonight—and run late into the night. The coverage will lead into a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight (ET) hosted by Larry King and featuring analysis and insight into the election results.”

  • Check out more coverage notes at TVNewser.

  • Is Lou Dobbs out of the CNN NH coverage?

  • The Seattle Times’ Ron Judd writes, “Scoreboard, Baby. That ought to be the election-coverage theme at cable-news giant CNN, which, for the occasion of Thursday’s Iowa caucuses, unveiled its latest Giant-Step-Backward innovation: A bewildering, omnipresent picture-frame graphical display festooned with BIG HEADLINES, multicolored, animated pie charts, spinning circles and zipping text.”

  • The Houston Chronicle reports, “In Fox’s flock, Shepard Smith rises to anchor of choice”

  • Check out Nielsen’s Presidential Scorecard for New Hampshire, “reporting on the total number of TV advertising spots run by the Presidential candidates in New Hampshire and the surrounding markets from January 1, 2007 through January 4, 2008.”

  • Did you catch the midnight broadcast of the CNN Election Express on Larry King Live from a town called Dixville Notch in New Hampshire? It is the site of the first voting in the state.

  • Journal-isms reports, “Pundits likened Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to everyone from Ronald Reagan to Harold Washington as New Hampshire voters prepared to go to the polls Tuesday for their first-in-the-nation primary, five days after Obama’s decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses.”

  • The Washington Examiner reports, “A former BET network personality was charged with possession of a .37 mm launcher after authorities said he used it to shoot flares into the sky during a New Year’s celebration in Northwest Washington.”

  • TVNewser reported Monday, “CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan slipped on some ice while walking to a plane in Des Moines last Friday heading back from covering the caucus. CBS tells us Kaplan ‘suffered a fracture in the hip area but is recovering well.’ In fact, Kaplan is back to work in New York today.”

  • The Examiner reports, “Redskins coverage to include CSN’s guest Pete Taylor, Billick career to be TV for now”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Check out Major Garrett’s blog — The Bourbon Room.

  • Poynter reports, “Seems like some leading thinkers in the journo world are getting impatient with the pace of change in this business.
    Tidbits founding editor and current contributor Steve Outing started it with his Jan. 2 Editor & Publisher column, What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change.”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes on improved relations between the Pentagon and the news media.

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    MAGAZINES

  • The AP reports, “An interview with Benazir Bhutto before the former Pakistani prime minister was assassinated was important enough to keep on the cover of Parade magazine, the magazine’s publisher said Sunday — even though the publication had already gone to print when Bhutto was killed.”

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    JOBS

  • Media Matters for America is looking for a Researcher.

  • Campaign for America’s Future is looking for a Senior Communications Associate.

  • National Public Radio .is looking for a Editor (I, II, or III), Afternoon Rundown.

  • Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Tax Analysts is looking for a Reporter and a Copy Editor.

  • BNA is looking for a Reporter.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Maryland Gazette is looking for a Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • FOX Business Network is looking for a Newsgathering Producer — Business News.

  • A Washington, DC-based luxury lifestyle publication seeks a writer with experience covering fashion, beauty, and retail. Must have experience and be able to meet deadlines promptly. Send resume, cover letter, and clips to dcfashionwriter@yahoo.com.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 04.13.07

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  • You think NBC should not have dropped Imus.
  • From a tipster: “check out sudarsan r’s front page first person piece in today’s washpost. it’s incredible.”
  • From a tipster: “Re: to drop Imus or to not drop Imus. All the handwringing of late overlooks an important point: Imus isn’t funny. Why doesn’t the DC press corps acknowledget his point? Or would it just underscore our ongoing insecurities and competitive nature? DC press vying to go on his show reminded me of the odd couple in high school. The hot, straight-A student who dated the dumb jock. She had nothing in common with him. But she lacked the self-confidence to ignore the high school social structure. Popularity trumped common sense. Did anyone who went on Imus REALLY think he was funny or interesting or worth the hype? Or did they just find pleasure in the attention?”
  • A few readers wrote in about Ana Marie Cox’s recent piece in time. Said one: “How does someone who essentially made her name by writing about ‘ass fucking’ moralize about ‘childish crudeness?’” Gawker says, “Ana Marie Cox’s Damascene conversion involves the voice of Imus saying ‘nappy-headed hos.’”
  • “Let us drink to unspeakable pleasures, Madam Speaker” is leading the caption contest with “Dalia, let me give you my surgeon’s number. He can fix that” in a close second.
  • An NBC release announced that “Meet The Press with Tim Russert” was number one in “the key demographics women, men and adults” for April 8. “Among the key demographic adults 25-54, the NBC program had
    a 1.1 rating, +38% more than CBS’ 0.8, a +57% lead over ABC’s 0.7, and +175% more than FOX’s 0.4 rating.”

  • An ABC release announced that “Nightline” beat CBS “Late Night with David Letterman” “in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic” for the week of April 2. The last time “Nightline” beat “Letterman” “in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 was September 4, 2006. In addition, ‘Nightline’ grew week-to-week in Total Viewers. ‘Letterman’ aired original programming last week.”
  • The Gallup Organization is looking for Internet Webcast Producer.
  • His Extremeness asks, “Is Dana Perino Ahead Or Behind The Laugher Curve?”
  • Romenesko gives us an Imus round-up:
    • Los Angeles Times: “The radio host should have been fired long before his racist remarks about Rutgers’ women’s basketball team.”
    • Time: “The Imus Fallout: Who Can Say What?”
    • New York Times: “This Time, the Shock Jock’s Sidekick Couldn’t Shield the Boss”
    • Newsweek: “The Ugly Truth”
    • EJ Dionne on “Saying No To Fox News.”
    • AJR: “Kicked to the Curb”
    • Slate: “Pullout Method: How fast can Don Imus’ sponsors get away?”
  • “CBS is announcing the creation of the CBS Interactive Audience Network, which will include new content deals with online distributors including AOL, Microsoft, CNET, Comcast, Joost, Bebo, and Brightcove, among others. All content will be supported by advertising and free to the consumer.”
  • Bloomberg reports, “Cable giant Comcast is buying online movie-ticket seller Fandango and says the companies will create a new Web site for viewing films and television shows. The new Fancast.com will start in the summer and allow users to view shows on demand on television, the Internet or mobile devices.”
  • YouTube to Post Presidential Candidate Videos
  • Chicago Tribune reports, “InfoWorld, a 29-year-old computer magazine, is publishing its final print copies. Death is attributed to plummeting print revenues and declining readership. The magazine’s online version, however, is thriving. Killing off print to focus on online is seen as a growing trend.”
  • Reuters reports, “New York Times Co. investors should not expect the Sulzberger family to change the way it runs the company despite pressure to scrap its dual-class share structure, says advisor Steven Rattner of the Quadrangle Group. Going private would only create new problems, he says.”
  • “Technorati, a blog search and ranking site, is acquiring The Personal Bee, a news aggregator that lets people organize and share content around specific topics.”
  • New York Times reports, “CBS News plans to install a new level of editorial oversight to its Web site since revelations that the CBS anchor Katie Couric read a plagiarized commentary on the site last week. CBS News execs say they are stunned that anyone would so blatantly copy someone else’s work.”
  • “A new report from Nielsen/NetRatings reveals that network Web sites are seeing much of their traffic from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with NBC.com leading the rankings.” Also, B&C reports, “NBC affiliates are expected to get a new media player on their Web sites this summer.”
  • From a reader: “Re Obama. Obama likes Cameron a lot. When Obama made his first trip to New Hampshire, he basically told Obama’s people that their preparations were inadequate — telling them to double the size of venues booked, etc. He was right. And I understand that Obama made a point of thanking him during the trip.”
  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “High-profile candidates and the accelerated pace of the 2008 presidential election campaign have drawn the public into the race earlier than in past election cycles.”
  • DCRTV reports, “A WAMU source tells someone who tells DCRTV that the American University public radio news talker has ‘lost their last reporter. They have a news director with no news staff.’”
  • Also from DCRTV: “The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against CNN, upholding unfair labor practice charges by the National Association Of Broadcast Employees And Technicians-CWA, contending that the cable network illegally tore up union contracts for field camera crews and other technical workers serving its DC and NYC news bureaus in 2003.”
  • NBC announced, “The NBC News Broadcast is the Only Network Evening Newscast Honored with the Prestigious Award.”
  • Dean Starkman asks, “What Would The Audit Do?”

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  • This Week In Pool Reports

    In this week’s episode, the First Dogs frolicked in the snow, Obama wins the little discussed playgroud primary and President Bush loves teasing the poolers.

  • “The pool enjoyed a brief respite from the icy weather when we walked through the White House to the motorcade past a small fragment of spring: dozens of daffodils in tubs awaiting planting. Back into the cold: In the Rose Garden, there was evidence of the First Dogs frolicking in the snow,(pawprints, not yellow snow). But clearly the icy grounds were considered too much for their delicate paws, as in front of the White House there was a specially plowed 20 foot area for them.” — Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

  • The following exchange was overheard by another pooler, between younger boys at the first table, as the president schmoozed elsewhere. Sorry, names weren’t collected.
    1st kid: ‘He’s my favorite president.’ (referring to Bush)
    2d kid: ‘My favorite president is President Obama.’
    1st kid: ‘Who’s that?’
    2d kid: ‘He’s the first black president.’
    Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • Last note: As we were ushered out of the Oval, Bush took note of New York Times’ photographer Doug Mills’ dome. ‘May I suggest a hat on your bald head?’ Bush joked. ‘He always gives me grief when I don’t have a hat on,’ said Mills. He showed Bush he indeed had a fleece cap; Mills just wasn’t wearing it inside the Oval. ‘Every president since Reagan has made a comment about his bald head,’ mused fellow AP shooter Ron Edmonds.” — Tara Copp, Austin American-Statesman

  • “A day after Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign invoking Abraham Lincoln, President Bush toasted ‘the incredible life of the man who saved the union.’ The occasion was a black-tie dinner in the White House’s State Dining Room marking the Ford’s Theatre’s celebration of the 198th anniversary of nation’s 16th president.” — Finlay Lewis, Copley