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This is a truncated version of the EFA Chicagoland Chapter News. If you would like to read the full e-newsletter, visit the archive, where you can also subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox monthly.

MIND CANDY

  • Better Broadband? The FCC launched a speed test app to measure broadband availability across the nation. The goal? More reliable and accurate data on broadband performance, which will hopefully lead to better broadband for all. To participate, download the Android or iOS app.
  • Newshound Book Club. If you love both journalism and books, the National Press Club has created the virtual reading group for you! The first meeting will be May 13 to discuss the book Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR. The group is open to all.
  • Free Stuff. Got vaxxed? You can get free stuff for getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, because being able to hug your mom, friends, and random strangers again just wasn’t enough.

FREELANCE NEWS

eCommerce Development Program

SOKONI (a 37 Oaks platform) and the Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer an eCommerce Development Program. The 3- to 4-month cohort-style program includes four 37 Oaks University courses, monthly 1:1 coaching sessions, and administrative, marketing, operations, and logics support that will teach small businesses about selling products online. Classes will begin the end of May and go through September (dates are subject to change). Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Apply here.

Chicago Home-Business Ordinance

Aldermen approved a rewrite to Chicago’s home-based business ordinance. The new rules allow home businesses to use “accessory structures” or dwelling units for business or storage, increase the allowed square footage of your home used for the business to the larger of 35% or 300 square feet, and expand the hours when home businesses can accept bulk shipments.

Healthcare.gov

On April 1, Healthcare.gov subsidies and eligibility were expanded. Existing enrollees need to sign in and update their applications to get the higher subsidies. Enrollees and the uninsured have until May 15 to change or sign up for plans.

PRO Act Update

At our June meeting, Jen Singer will share the latest news on the PRO Act. Singer is a writer, speaker, and cofounder of Fight For Freelancers USA. Meeting registration will open June 1; see the chapter website for the link.

In the meantime, stay up to date through the Fight For Freelancers website or Facebook page.

PODCASTS TO PONDER

By Amy Spungen

The “Editor Life“ podcast wrapped up its first season in January, and two episodes especially worth revisiting are Editorial Ethics Part 1 and Part 2. Looking forward to the next season offered by DeVore Editorial!

The Editing Podcast“ announced its lineup of shows for its upcoming sixth season, including

  • Should editors and proofreaders specialize?
  • Effective networking
  • LGBTQ+ editing: In conversation with Nick Taylor.

Meanwhile, you can find podcasts from the first five seasons conveniently divided into topics on Louise Harnby’s website, including freelance Editorial Business Tips.

CALENDAR

For media- and publishing-related conferences, webinars, and other events of interest to self-employed editorial freelancers, see the Media Types Omnicalendar.