Model Freelance Publishing Agreement

Publishing agreements or contracts have a direct impact on the safety of freelance journalists. In partnership with the ACOS Alliance and with the legal support of The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, we have developed a template agreement and two supportive documents:

Our Model Freelance Publishing Agreement seeks to facilitate an agreement between media companies and freelance journalists on terms that protect the interests and safety of the journalists. Our goal is to make it easier for the parties to reach an agreement, by having a template or model agreement that is clear and fair. Download the template here.

‘What are the issues in the Model Freelance Publishing Agreement?’ offers explanations to key issues addressed in the Model Freelance Publishing Agreement. Download here.

The Freelance Agreement Summary has been prepared for the sole purpose of assisting parties to understand and negotiate the key terms of the freelance publishing agreement and should not be used as a binding legal document. A full agreement should be executed by the Journalist and the Company. Download here.

The information made available on this site is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.  The template is intended to aid in anticipating and avoiding certain legal problems, and to provide access to information that may be useful for contributors willing to spend the requisite time to put it into practice; and users should consult with legal counsel as appropriate to ensure that agreements based on this template adequately protect their contractual rights as intended.

The template has been reviewed under New York law and does not specifically address issues in non-NY jurisdictions, including those outside of the United States.  The template will need to be tailored to the specific circumstances of each assignment. In certain circumstances, review of local or subject-matter counsel would be appropriate, particularly for intellectual property-related issues.

The information contained in the template may or may not reflect the most current legal developments, and we do not guarantee any particular results from the use of this form.  Users should also consider their applicable rights or obligations under New York’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (Local Law 140 of 2016), and the template does not necessarily address all of the requirements of such law in all circumstances.