It is a digital platform that Washington Post editors use to assign freelancers, and that freelancers use to pitch stories.
Our aim is to open up the newsroom to more ideas for news coverage from across the country and the world, and to more easily
locate the best freelance talent when breaking news occurs outside Washington.
How do I join?
You can apply to join by registering with the site and submitting your profile.
(If you have a Washington Post digital subscription or have registered as a commenter, you must use that email address and password.)
Show that you have a grounding in the profession, and include links to three or four published examples of your work.
What happens next?
We are vetting new members by current needs only.
That means that if there is breaking news in your area and you are available, we would expedite your application.
Until that time, your profile would remain in our pool of applicants pending approval.
What happens if I am "invited" into the Talent Network by an editor?
Invitations to join the Talent Network come from editors who have a prior relationship with a freelancer or know they want to commission a piece.
It means you are admitted to the Talent Network. You should fill out your profile at your very earliest convenience.
To complete your profile, click on the link provided in the invitation email.
That will take you to your profile page; you'll be asked to enter contact information, education, work experience, clips and links to social media accounts.