free·​lanc·​er | \ ˈfrē-ˌlan(t)-sər How to pronounce freelancer (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Black journalists are demanding industry support, institutional change, and investment—rather than white editors clamoring to find a Black freelancer when police brutality is in the headlines. Char Adams, The New Republic, "Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here?," 19 June 2020 Still, anyone who has ever been hired as a freelancer or as a temporary worker from a posting on the internet knows there's nothing strange about being asked to speak on the phone, over Skype or in email or text when corresponding about a job. NBC News, "People who turned to Upwork to find freelance gigs say they've lost thousands of dollars to scams," 20 Mar. 2020 Owen also won first place in a third category — best photo gallery — along with Express-News colleague Jerry Lara and freelancer Ivan Pierre Aguirre. Marc Duvoisin,, "Express-News wins top laurels for photography, investigations, sports writing," 1 May 2020 What’s more, those numbers don’t take freelancers and the gig economy into account—more than a month into lockdown, the process for applying for benefits as a 1099 worker is still inchoate. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "“Some Days I Feel Like I’m Melting”: How Single Mothers in New York City Are Coping with Quarantine," 21 Apr. 2020 This week’s California claims are the first to include freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed, who are eligible for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program established by Congress. Carolyn Said,, "Bay Area gig workers join 3.2 million filing for unemployment," 7 May 2020 Working as gig workers, freelancers, or small-business owners, many artists suddenly lost their sources of income as museums, concert halls, stores, and studios were forced to shut down last month. Anne Quito, Quartz, "US artists can now get $5,000 emergency grants without a tedious application process," 8 Apr. 2020 The bill gives unemployment benefits to people who are gig workers, freelancers, or self-employed. Wsj Noted, WSJ, "You Ask, We Answer: Questions, Big and Small, in the Coronavirus Era," 27 Mar. 2020 Ride-share drivers, freelancers, artists and more often are classified as independent contractors and are not eligible for unemployment benefits. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus will affect everyone, even if you never get sick. But some people will be hit harder than others.," 20 Mar. 2020

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1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freelancer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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