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Freelancing for Journalists

Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson

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Lifting the lid on freelance life. Experienced freelance journalists Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson guide you through everything you need to know about working for yourself. From where to get work, to how to get paid and everything in between. Each episode features two guests who have made freelancing a success. From film reviewers, to travel writers to bitcoin experts and current affairs broadcasters. Packed with trade secrets, top tips and amusing anecdotes this is an unmissable How To gui ...
 
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In the first episode of series 6, we speak to two freelance journalists about how to handle editor ghosting. What can you do when an editor, who was initially keen, is now ignoring your emails? We get advice from Solape Alatise, a freelance journalist with business and financial reporting experience, and Joel Snape a fitness writer and former commi…
 
In this bonus episode podcast hosts Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson conduct an appraisal on one another. They set out how to do a performance review and the importance of assessing your work and setting yourself goals as a freelancer. Resources Original appraisal form by Laura Oliver, Society of Freelance Journalists: https://docs.google.com/documen…
 
In this episode, we talk about crowdsourcing stories, what it means and how to go about it. We speak to Charlotte Godart, an investigator for Bellingcat who discusses how she used crowdsourced data in a recent investigation into police violence at the Black Lives Matter protests. We also chat with Eric Reidy a freelance journalist involved in crowd…
 
In this episode we talk to about safety and security and what it means for freelance journalists. We speak to Sarah Giaziri, Director of Frontline Freelance Register (FFR), which supports the physical and mental well-being of international freelance journalists around the world. And Michael Bird, a freelance investigative journalist who specialises…
 
In this episode we speak to two journalists about collaborative journalism. Tina Lee, head of the ambassador network at Hostwriter, and Suchit Chavez, an investigative reporter based in El Salvador, discuss the pros, cons and practicalities of working in collaborative with other freelance journalists. The guests Tina Lee Twitter @tinaleeinberlin Su…
 
In this episode we look into reporting on gender and identity. Rachael Davies, a freelance journalist who has written extensively on these issues, talks about how everyone should be learning to write without gender or identity based assumptions. And Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media, a story-telling platform highlighting trans voices across t…
 
In this episode, we speak to two experts about reporting migration, a topic that raises a number of ethical issues for journalists to confront. Caitlin Chandler, a journalist covering migration, security and human rights and Georg Gassauer, a migration researcher and journalist based in Austria, discuss how we can do better when telling the stories…
 
In the first episode of series five, we speak to two freelance journalists about solutions journalism, the part of journalism which seeks to offer responses to challenges in society rather than simply reporting the problem. Julia Hotz, community manager at the Solutions Journalism Network, and Laura Oliver who recently reported on the rise of solut…
 
We finished off the series with a dualcast special with Northern Natter. We were quizzed by Katie Baggott and Katie Williams about getting your finances sorted when starting your freelance journey. The FFJ intro was edited by Anthony Coote and the main episode was edited by Northern Natter. Resources Northern Natter @NorthernNatter https://anchor.f…
 
In this episode we speak to two experts about how best to use TikTok and why journalists need to know about it. Dr Gavin Allen, digital journalism lecturer at the University of Cardiff, talks about why being an early adopter of new apps can be valuable for employability. And Neve Gordon-Farleigh, TikTok producer for JournoResources, discusses how t…
 
In this episode we speak to two young freelance journalists about the value of finding a mentor. Jessica Morris, who is studying for her NCTJ Diploma and MA in Journalism, talks about how having a great mentor has advanced her career. Asyia Iftikhar, founder of the Young Journalist Community, discusses how to build a great relationship with your me…
 
In this episode we speak to two freelance journalists, one who has no formal journalism training and the other who studied on an NCTJ accredited degree. Anna Turns, a freelance environmental journalist, talks to us about her self-taught route into journalism and how each turn of her career informed her storytelling. Chandni Sembhi, a freelance digi…
 
We speak to two freelance journalists about how to handle and navigate negative feedback, criticism and online abuse. Jess Evans, fashion journalist, lecturer and founder of the Freelance Sessions talks about how to deal with negativity whilst JR Moores discusses how a band review sparked a Twitter spat with unexpected consequences. Please note thi…
 
In the second episode of series 4 we speak to a consumer culture scholar from the Victoria University of Wellington, and the founder and editor of The Indiependent about whether you should ever work for free. Dr Kathleen Kuehn, senior lecturer in media studies, talks us through the prevalence of ‘hope-labour’ and Beth Kirkbride, a freelance journal…
 
In the first episode of series 4 we speak to two experts about how to track down the perfect case study and how to source the best experts. Tom Bettison, account manager at ResponseSource talks us through the journalist enquiry service whilst freelance documentary maker Kate Dooley discusses how she works to develop relationships in order to get th…
 
In the last episode of series 3 we speak to two newsletter writers / freelance journalists about how they started. Lottie Gross, travel writer and co-author of Talking Travel Writing, discusses how she set up her newsletter during the heart of the pandemic whilst Alistair Lane, author of Write at Home, talks us through the challenges of launching h…
 
In this episode we quiz two specialist writers about how they carved out their niche. Freelance music journalist Matt Parker discusses how he broke into magazines whilst technology journalist Sooraj Shah tells us how to approach editors when you cover a specialist beat. The Guests Matt Parker https://mattparkerfreelance.com/ @emptyparker Sooraj Sha…
 
In this episode we pick the brains of two commissioning editors to find out exactly what they want from freelance journalists. We discuss pitching techniques, reliability and writing skills with The Observer deputy news editor Lisa Bachelor and Pulse magazine editor Jaimie Kaffash. The Guests Lisa Bachelor @lisabachelor Jaimie Kaffash @jkaffash Res…
 
In this episode we unpick issues around the lack of diversity in the media and how it impacts freelance journalists. We discuss how to tackle this growing concern with travel writer Travis Levius and freelance journalist and author Saima Mir. The Guests Travis Levius @misterlevius https://www.instagram.com/misterlevius Saima Mir @SaimaMir https://s…
 
In this episode we speak to broadcast journalist Sam Ashoo and former professional netball player Sarah Leach about breaking into a freelance career in sports journalism. We also discuss the impact of Covid-19, the obstacles faced by women reporters in sports and how to negotiate pay rates as a freelance journalist. The Guests Sam Ashoo @samashoo_t…
 
Can you have a successful freelance journalism career outside of London? This week we spoke to two freelancers living outside the capital about how they make it work and the benefits of being based elsewhere in the country. Broadcast journalist Danielle Hayden currently lives in Manchester and is determined to work away from London, whilst print jo…
 
We joined forces with journalism graduates George Goldberg, Bryony Smith and Oli Hammett, the hosts of podcast Jobs Bored, for this special bonus episode. We talk about the freelance journey, scrutinising CVs and what our alternative jobs might be. Lily and Emma also answer dilemmas from Jobs Bored listeners.…
 
This week we talk about the nagging feeling that freelance journalists get when they doubt their accomplishments or talents and fear being exposed as a fraud. We speak to award-winning journalist Donna Ferguson and entertainment specialist Nick McGrath about acknowledging your achievements, dealing with rejection and putting negative thoughts into …
 
In this episode we discuss the challenges of working as a freelance journalist whilst living with a disability. We talk candidly to freelance writer Lydia Wilkins, who is on the autistic spectrum, and sports broadcaster Gemma Stevenson, who was diagnosed with dystonia following a car accident. Our guests talk passionately about tackling prejudice, …
 
In this episode we discuss fighting for fair pay as a freelancer and how to build confidence in order to effectively challenge commissioning editors. We speak to freelance advocate Anna Codrea-Rado who launched the #FairPayForFreelancers campaign last year and award-winning journalist Chris Wheal who took the Guardian to the small claims court. The…
 
In this episode we discuss how to work internationally as a freelance journalist. We talk about working in the UK for overseas publications and moving abroad to freelance. Investigative journalist Jessica Bateman tells us about living and working in Greece and Germany, whilst financial expert Pete Carvill explains how he ended up living in Berlin w…
 
In this episode we discuss how to look after your mental health and well being whilst working as a freelance journalist. We talk candidly to Jenny Stallard of newsletter and podcast Freelance Feels and gaming journalist Jake Tucker. Jenny opens up about working through periods of low self-esteem and Jake talks us through his struggles with Asperger…
 
In this episode we celebrate the launch of our first book Freelancing for Journalists. We talk to freelance journalists and published authors Michelle Rawlins and Frank Shennan about getting your first non-fiction book published and navigating the world of agents, ghost writing and self-publishing. Michelle has recently released Women of Steel whic…
 
In this episode we talk to Jem Collins, director of Journo Resources and recent journalism graduate Connor Stringer about how to get started as a freelance journalist. We discuss keeping lists, contacting the tax office and creating email addresses - plus much more! if you want to get started in freelance journalism but are not sure how to get orga…
 
In this episode we speak to LinkedIn experts James Upsher and Linda Aitchison about how freelance journalists can make the most of this professional networking platform. We discuss building brand reputation, promoting your work and finding case studies on LinkedIn, a platform that often mystifies hosts Lily and Emma. If you would like to support th…
 
In our pilot episode we speak to Sheffield Hallam University lecturers and freelance journalists David Clarke and Clare Jenkins about what happens when you become the story. David Clarke is an expert in folklore and supernatural phenomena whilst Clare Jenkins is an experienced BBC radio broadcaster focusing on human interest stories. We discuss the…
 
In this episode we speak to radio documentary maker Perminder Khatkar and journalist-copywriter-cooking teacher Javaria Akbar about branding and supplementary income streams. We discuss how to identify as a brand and the importance of social media, websites and email signatures. We also talk about alternative income streams and how to reach out to …
 
In this episode we discuss the emotive subject of finances and getting paid. Showbiz reporter Ed Dyson and sex and relationships writer Charlotte Grainger share their advice on how to organise invoices, chase late payments and whether it's necessary to get an accountant. We also discuss the controversial topics of payment on publication, working fo…
 
In this episode we discuss how to make great contacts and the best online and offline places for networking. Broadcast journalist Adam Hancock and technology writer Umar Hassan share their advice on using social media platforms and attending events to build up a pool of regular commissions. The Guests Adam Hancock: linkedin.com/in/adam-hancock-0b43…
 
In our second episode we discuss how to write the perfect pitch and track down the correct commissioning editor to send it to. We hear from experienced real life journalist Jill Foster and fintech writer Tom Rodgers who share some of their pitching tricks. *Please note this episode was recorded via Zoom during the COVID-19 lock down which may affec…
 
In our launch episode we speak to travel writer David Whitley and film journalist Tasha Jagger about where to the find the freelance work. We discuss the importance of working for a range of media outlets, how to branch out beyond traditional media and the unexpected places where journalism work can be found. The Hosts Lily Canter: https://www.lily…
 
Freelance journalists have experienced many challenges over the past six weeks during the UK coronavirus lock down. In this episode we take stock of the positive ways in which freelancers have adapted to their new working life. We talk to Punteha Van Terheyden, who recently launched digital platform Lacuna Voices, and music journalist John Earls ab…
 
In our second coronavirus special we see how freelance journalists are coping two weeks into UK lock down. The episode features parenting and career specialist Georgina Fuller, and, charity and Fantasy Football journalist Joe Lepper. They talk us through working at home whilst homeschooling, understanding the government's self-employment financial …
 
In this special episode freelance journalists Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson examine how coronavrius is impacting the world of self-employed journalism. We discuss revenue streams, diversification and making the most of a difficult situation. Special guests include running specialist Kate Carter and personal finance journalist Faith Archer. Episode…
 
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