Coping with the impact of coronavirus
In this special episode freelance journalists https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/ (Lily Canter) and https://emmawilkinson.net/ (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 Notes: Here are links to all of the people and resources mentioned in the show. https://www.journoresources.org.uk/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/) https://www.annacodrearado.com/newsletter (https://www.annacodrearado.com/newsletter) https://twitter.com/katehelencarter (https://twitter.com/katehelencarter) https://twitter.com/MuchMore_Less (https://twitter.com/MuchMore_Less) https://jackmonroe.bigcartel.com/ (https://jackmonroe.bigcartel.com/) https://twitter.com/AnyaMeyerowitz (https://twitter.com/AnyaMeyerowitz) https://twitter.com/lilycanter? (https://twitter.com/lilycanter) https://twitter.com/emmajourno (https://twitter.com/emmajourno)
29 Mar 10:05
Working, homeschooling and coping with lock down
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 aid packages and why now is the time to get networking. Episode notes: Georgie's website: https://www.georginafuller.co.uk/ (https://www.georginafuller.co.uk/) Joe's website: http://www.newsandfeatures.co.uk/ (http://www.newsandfeatures.co.uk/) Coronavirus petition to support small limited companies: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/310515 (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/310515) NUJ coronavirus guidance for freelancers: https://www.nuj.org.uk/documents/coronavirus--advice-for-freelances/ (https://www.nuj.org.uk/documents/coronavirus--advice-for-freelances/) Self-employment income support scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme) Citizens Advice self-employment guidance: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-youre-self-employed/ (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-youre-self-employed/)
29 Mar 10:05
The Gratitude Episode
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 about humanity, slowing down and sending nice emails.
29 Mar 10:05
Where the freelance work is
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.lilycanter.co.uk/ (https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/) Twitter: @lilycanter Emma Wilkinson: https://emmawilkinson.net/ (https://emmawilkinson.net/) Twitter: @Emmajourno Things Lily mentions: South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/author/lily-canter (https://www.scmp.com/author/lily-canter) The Sun, My First Home - https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/money/the-sun-my-first-home/ (https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/money/the-sun-my-first-home/ ) The Guests Tasha Jagger: https://tashajagger.contently.com/ (https://tashajagger.contently.com/ ) Twitter: @tashajagger_ David Whitley: http://www.grumpytraveller.com/ (http://www.grumpytraveller.com/ ) Twitter: @mrdavidwhitley Things Tasha mentions: Little White Lies, Female Composer - https://lwlies.com/articles/why-are-there-so-few-female-film-composers/ (https://lwlies.com/articles/why-are-there-so-few-female-film-composers/ ) Digital Spy - https://www.digitalspy.com/ (https://www.digitalspy.com/ ) Organic Film - http://www.organicfilm.com.tr/ (http://www.organicfilm.com.tr/ ) Things David mentions: National Geographic Article - https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2019/12/frequent-flyer-what-do-when-theres-airline-strike (https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2019/12/frequent-flyer-what-do-when-theres-airline-strike) Pre-order the Freelancing for Journalists book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freelancing-Journalists-Media-Skills-Canter/dp/0367135558 (here) SHU students who helped produce this podcast: Guest liaison manager - Kendra Nichols Guest photography - Anton Velchev Desk driver - Anurag Dasgupta Show notes - Isabella Tarrant Studio producer - Ben Dodd Music researcher - Ben Dodd Website designer - Alexandra Ventress Social media - Joel Johnson, Ella Hodson
29 Mar 10:05
Pitching and providing the goods
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 affect the sound quality. This was the final episode to be recorded but is not the final episode in the series. The Guests Jill Foster: https://www.jillfoster.co.uk/ (https://www.jillfoster.co.uk/) Twitter: @JournalistJill Tom Rodgers: https://www.tomrodgersmedia.co.uk/ (https://www.tomrodgersmedia.co.uk/) Twitter: @TomRodgers4 Resources Journo Resources pitching guidelines: https://www.journoresources.org.uk/pitch-us/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/pitch-us/) The Overtake pitching guidelines: https://theovertake.com/write-for-us/ (https://theovertake.com/write-for-us/) How to write the perfect pitch: https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/wij-workshop-how-to-write-the-perfect-pitch/ (https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/wij-workshop-how-to-write-the-perfect-pitch/) Pitching course: https://www.museflash.academy/shop/self-paced-cracking-pitches (https://www.museflash.academy/shop/self-paced-cracking-pitches) Women In Journalism Mentoring Scheme: https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring-2018/ (https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring-2018/) Journalism Mentoring Schemes: https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/) Pre-order the Freelancing for Journalists book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freelancing-Journalists-Media-Skills-Canter/dp/0367135558 (here)
29 Mar 10:05
Contacts and networking
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-hancock-0b437597 (linkedin.com/in/adam-hancock-0b437597) Twitter: @adamhankers Umar Hassan: https://umarthejourno.com/ (https://umarthejourno.com/) Twitter: @umarhassan96 Resources Freelancing for Journalists Facebook network: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281) http://birminghampressclub.com/ (http://birminghampressclub.com/) Guild of Heath Writers: https://www.healthwriters.com/ (https://www.healthwriters.com/) Googledoc: https://www.google.co.uk/docs/about/ (https://www.google.co.uk/docs/about/) Pre-order the Freelancing for Journalists book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freelancing-Journalists-Media-Skills-Canter/dp/0367135558 (here) SHU students who helped produce this podcast: Guest liaison manager - Kendra Nichols Guest photography - Anton Velchev Desk driver - Anurag Dasgupta Show notes - Isabella Tarrant Studio producer - Ben Dodd Music researcher - Ben Dodd Website designer - Alexandra Ventress Social media - Joel Johnson, Ella Hodson
29 Mar 10:04
Finances and getting paid
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 for free and how to negotiate fair rates. Discuss finances and much more in our https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281 (Facebook community). The Guests Ed Dyson: https://unitedqueendompodc.wixsite.com/website (https://unitedqueendompodc.wixsite.com/website ) https://open.spotify.com/show/0TDLmRw2eSeYCtODoZxjyR (https://open.spotify.com/show/0TDLmRw2eSeYCtODoZxjyR) Twitter: https://twitter.com/edwarddyson205 (@edwarddyson205) https://twitter.com/UnitedQueendom1 (@UnitedQueendom1 ) Charlotte Grainger: https://charlottegrainger.contently.com/ (https://charlottegrainger.contently.com/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/LottieBetty (@LottieBetty ) Resources London Freelance Guide: http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?language=en&country=UK&section=Welcome (http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?language=en&country=UK&section=Welcome) NUJ Freelance Rates: https://www.nuj.org.uk/work/freelance/ (https://www.nuj.org.uk/work/freelance/ ) Journo Resources Salary Guide: https://www.journoresources.org.uk/salaries/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/salaries/ ) Freelance Tax help: https://www.crunch.co.uk/knowledge/tax/freelancing-side-tax-implications/ (https://www.crunch.co.uk/knowledge/tax/freelancing-side-tax-implications/ ) Things Ed mentions: Articles he’s written for The Sun: https://www.pressrush.com/author/5774980/ed-dyson (https://www.pressrush.com/author/5774980/ed-dyson ) Facebook groups for Journalists: https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/10-facebook-groups-for-journalists-to-join/s2/a740420/ (https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/10-facebook-groups-for-journalists-to-join/s2/a740420/ ) Freelance Journalists Christmas Drinks: https://www.nuj.org.uk/tags/christmas/ (https://www.nuj.org.uk/tags/christmas/ ) https://www.receipt-bank.com/uk/automated-bookkeeping-and-accounting/?utm_source=AdWords&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=Direct_AWUK_receipt_app_additional_r&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4pbjif-e6AIVQ7DtCh3K0wXPEAAYASAAEgJb9_D_BwE (Receipt Bank) Things Charlotte mentions: Rush Fees: https://www.freelancermap.com/freelancer-tips/12384-how-to-use-freelance-rush-fees (https://www.freelancermap.com/freelancer-tips/12384-how-to-use-freelance-rush-fees ) PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/uk/home (https://www.paypal.com/uk/home ) The https://twitter.com/hashtag/whattocharge?src=has
29 Mar 10:04
Branding and Supplementary Income
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 contacts to secure teaching, writing and other forms of freelance work. Discuss branding and much more in ourhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281 ( Facebook community). The Guests Perminder Khatkar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/perminder-khatkar-00262118/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/perminder-khatkar-00262118/ ) Twitter: @Perminder_k Javaria Akbar: https://javaria-akbar.com/ (https://javaria-akbar.com ) https://muckrack.com/javaria-akbar/articles (https://muckrack.com/javaria-akbar/articles) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Honestly-Strong-Opinions-Smart/dp/1509887199 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Honestly-Strong-Opinions-Smart/dp/1509887199) Twitter: @javaria_akbar Resources Email signature website - https://www.wisestamp.com/ (https://www.wisestamp.com/) Journalism web designer - https://www.journosites.co.uk/ (https://www.journosites.co.uk/) Life coach – https://www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/karen-foy (https://www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/karen-foy) MuckRack - https://muckrack.com/javaria-akbar/articles (https://muckrack.com) Pre-order the Freelancing for Journalists book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freelancing-Journalists-Media-Skills-Canter/dp/0367135558 (here) SHU students who helped produce this podcast: Guest liaison manager - Kendra Nichols Guest photography - Anton Velchev Desk driver - Anurag Dasgupta Show notes - Isabella Tarrant Studio producer - Ben Dodd Music researcher - Ben Dodd Website designer - Alexandra Ventress Social media - Joel Johnson, Ella Hodson
29 Mar 10:04
When you become the story
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 ethical dilemmas around interviewing friends and family and how much information to give away when you producing a personal story. The episode also looks becoming a talking head and how to handle media enquiries. Find out more about freelancing by joining our https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281 (Facebook community). The Guests Clare Jenkins: http://www.pennineproductions.co.uk/ (http://www.pennineproductions.co.uk/) https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarejenkins13/?originalSubdomain=uk (https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarejenkins13/?originalSubdomain=uk) Twitter: @clarejenkins13 David Clarke: https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/ (https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/) @shuclarke Articles that Lily mentions: Sweet Banning story https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/my-children-have-never-eaten-sweets-call-me-mean---but-im-winnin/ (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/my-children-have-never-eaten-sweets-call-me-mean---but-im-winnin/) ‘Why couples should never go running together’ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2018/jan/04/why-couples-should-never-go-running-together (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2018/jan/04/why-couples-should-never-go-running-together) Meningitis Vaccine https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/should-i-have-my-child-vaccinated-for-meningitis-b/ (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/should-i-have-my-child-vaccinated-for-meningitis-b/) Love Money Profile https://www.lovemoney.com/profile/352759/lily-canter (https://www.lovemoney.com/profile/352759/lily-canter) Samantha Brick https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2124246/Samantha-Brick-downsides-looking-pretty-Why-women-hate-beautiful.html (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2124246/Samantha-Brick-downsides-looking-pretty-Why-women-hate-beautiful.html) Articles that Emma mentions: Big Babies https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5898235/Why-British-babies-getting-bigger.html (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5898235/Why-British-babies-getting-bigger.html) Websites/Articles Clare mentions: A Casual Clearance, Clare’s Documentary on clearing out her mother’s home https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wpf5n (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wpf5n) Melanie Reid https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/melanie-reid?page=1 (https://www.thetimes.co.
29 Mar 10:04
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 the podcast series then head over to our Kofi page to buy us a cuppa: https://ko-fi.com/freelancingforjournalists (https://ko-fi.com/freelancingforjournalists) The Guests James Upsher @JamesUpsher Linda Aitchison @LindaAitchison https://www.lindaaitchison.co.uk/ (https://www.lindaaitchison.co.uk/) Resources LinkedIn for Journalists: https://news.linkedin.com/media-resources/linkedin-for-journalists (https://news.linkedin.com/media-resources/linkedin-for-journalists)
29 Mar 10:04
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 organised, then this is the perfect episode for you. *This was recorded online so there is the occasional dip in sound quality. The guests: Jem Collins @Jem_Collins Connor Stringer @connor_stringer Resources: Freelancing for Journalists published by Routledge https://www.routledge.com/Freelancing-for-Journalists/Canter-Wilkinson/p/book/9780367135553 (https://www.routledge.com/Freelancing-for-Journalists/Canter-Wilkinson/p/book/9780367135553) Journo Resources https://www.journoresources.org.uk/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk) List of pitching guidelines: https://www.journoresources.org.uk/pitching-guidelines/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/pitching-guidelines/) Trello https://trello.com/ (https://trello.com) The Professional Freelancer Newsletter by Anna Codrea-Rado https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/ (https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com) Press Pad https://presspad.co.uk/ (https://presspad.co.uk) EJC Freelance Assembly https://journalismassembly.com/assembly (https://journalismassembly.com/assembly) Journalism.co.uk https://www.journalism.co.uk/ (https://www.journalism.co.uk) Young Journalist Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/330881737884535 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/330881737884535) Wired pitching guidelines https://www.wired.co.uk/article/contributor-guidelines (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/contributor-guidelines) HMRC register as self-employed https://www.gov.uk/log-in-file-self-assessment-tax-return/register-if-youre-self-employed (https://www.gov.uk/log-in-file-self-assessment-tax-return/register-if-youre-self-employed)
29 Mar 10:04
Publishing your first book
In this episode we celebrate the launch of our first book https://www.routledge.com/Freelancing-for-Journalists/Canter-Wilkinson/p/book/9780367135553 (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 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Steel-Sheffields-Factory-Sisters-ebook/dp/B07TC8WZVM (Women of Steel) which tells the stories of the feisty factory sisters who helped to win the Second World War. Frank is co-author of https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebels-Paradise-Inside-Battle-Football/dp/1851586776 (Rebels in Paradise), the inside story of the battle for Celtic Football Club together with a range of other non-fiction books. The guests: Michelle Rawlins @Mrawlins1974 Frank (Francis) Shennan @francisshennan Resources: Crowd funding publisher https://unbound.com/ (https://unbound.com/) Facebook group - The No 1 author ladies buddy agency https://www.facebook.com/groups/629905610420201 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/629905610420201) Publishers Marketplace https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/ (https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/) How to get published guide https://getpublished.penguin.co.uk/ (https://getpublished.penguin.co.uk/)
29 Mar 10:04
Mental health and well being
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 syndrome, depression and anxiety. We also discuss strategies for motivation and how being freelance can be a huge advantage when it comes to managing our mental load. The Guests: Jenny Stallard @JStallard_Media https://www.freelancefeels.com/ (https://www.freelancefeels.com/) Jake Tucker @_JakeTucker Resources: Freelance Feels podcast https://www.freelancefeels.com/podcast (https://www.freelancefeels.com/podcast) No.1 Freelance Media Women https://www.facebook.com/groups/No1FreelanceMediaWomen (https://www.facebook.com/groups/No1FreelanceMediaWomen) Freelancing for Journalists https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281) Society of Freelance Journalists https://freelancesoc.org/ (https://freelancesoc.org/) Freelance Heroes https://www.facebook.com/groups/freelanceheroes (https://www.facebook.com/groups/freelanceheroes) Doing It For The Kids https://www.facebook.com/groups/DIFTK (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DIFTK) A Few Good Hacks https://www.facebook.com/groups/213675832507619 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/213675832507619) Mind mental health support https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/ (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/)
29 Mar 10:04
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 working for publications in the UK and USA. The episode covers managing international transactions, cultural barriers and coronavirus travel restrictions plus the impact of Brexit on working across Europe. The Guests: Jessica Bateman @JessicaBateman Pete Carvill @Pete_Carvill Resources: Summer of Solidarity project https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu/ (https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu/) Funding for investigative journalism in Europe https://www.journalismfund.eu/ (https://www.journalismfund.eu/) International payments https://transferwise.com/ (https://transferwise.com/) Business payment platforms https://stripe.com/ (https://stripe.com/) and https://www.revolut.com/ (https://www.revolut.com/) Global Investigative Journalism Network https://gijn.org/ (https://gijn.org/)
29 Mar 10:04
Fighting for fair pay
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 episode covers payment on publication, late payment fees, negotiation and how to equip yourself with the knowledge to fight back against low pay rates and slow payment systems. The guests: Anna Codrea-Rado Twitter: @annacod Website: https://www.annacodrearado.com/about (https://www.annacodrearado.com/about) Newsletter: https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/ (https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/) Is This Working? podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/is-this-working/id1473508626 (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/is-this-working/id1473508626) Chris Wheal Twitter: @whealie Editorial services: https://www.whealassociates.com/ (https://www.whealassociates.com/) Blog: https://www.chriswheal.com/ (https://www.chriswheal.com/) Resources: #FairPayForFreelancers open letter https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BvCJbsaLVlNkgCPCqiyBxnqHtFincmCyvIOvRiw5LOo/edit (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BvCJbsaLVlNkgCPCqiyBxnqHtFincmCyvIOvRiw5LOo/edit) The Freelancer Pay Gap project https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/p/the-freelancer-pay-gap (https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/p/the-freelancer-pay-gap) Freelancer Pay Gap data https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GajDnwJHgWDzNnaZRmi8eoZtaV5A8NZqLV8l_aKJf08/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GajDnwJHgWDzNnaZRmi8eoZtaV5A8NZqLV8l_aKJf08/edit?usp=sharing) Who Pays Writers? rates http://whopayswriters.com/#/results (http://whopayswriters.com/#/results) Can Pay, Won't Pay Freelance Journalists https://www.facebook.com/groups/614195525419319 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/614195525419319) Late payment legislation https://www.gov.uk/late-commercial-payments-interest-debt-recovery (https://www.gov.uk/late-commercial-payments-interest-debt-recovery) Payment on publication in-depth article https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/how-payment-on-publication-is-making-life-a-misery-for-many-freelance-journalists/ (https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/how-payment-on-publication-is-making-life-a-misery-for-many-freelance-journalists/) How to get paid on time guide https://www.chriswheal.com/how-to/get-paid/ (https://www.chriswheal.com/how-to/get-paid/) Accountancy software https://www.xero.com/uk/ (https://www.xero.com/uk/), https://quickbooks.intuit.com/uk/ (https://quickbooks.intuit.com/uk/)
29 Mar 10:04
Disability: barriers, opportunities and tackling prejudice
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, overcoming physical and mental barriers and making the most of opportunities. The guests: Lydia Wilkins Twitter: @Journo_Lydia Blog: https://mademoisellewomen.com/ (https://mademoisellewomen.com/) Newsletter: https://lydia.substack.com/ (https://lydia.substack.com/) Sign up - with paid option: https://lydia.substack.com/subscribe?utm_medium=web&utm_source=subscribe-widget&utm_content=347386 (https://lydia.substack.com/subscribe?utm_medium=web&utm_source=subscribe-widget&utm_content=347386) Special offer for podcast listeners: Get 20% off for a year (offer ends September 2) https://lydia.substack.com/cd313585 (https://lydia.substack.com/cd313585) Gemma Stevenson Twitter: @gstevensonsport Website: https://www.gemmalouisestevenson.com/ (https://www.gemmalouisestevenson.com/) The Constant Cheerleader podcast: https://www.gemmalouisestevenson.com/podcast (https://www.gemmalouisestevenson.com/podcast) Resources: Access to Work policy: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work (https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work) Access to Work advisor handbook: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877171/access-to-work-staff-guide.pdf (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877171/access-to-work-staff-guide.pdf) Disability rights under 2010 Equality Act: https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities/rights (https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities/rights) NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund: https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/ (https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/) Thomas Read Bursary: http://www.thomasread.org/ (http://www.thomasread.org/) Ableism: https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/11/what-does-being-ableist-mean-12221655/ (https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/11/what-does-being-ableist-mean-12221655/) National Autistic Society: https://www.autism.org.uk/ (https://www.autism.org.uk/) Dystonia UK: https://www.dystonia.org.uk/ (https://www.dystonia.org.uk/)
29 Mar 10:04
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 perspective. The guests Donna Ferguson @DonnaLFerguson https://www.theguardian.com/profile/donna-ferguson (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/donna-ferguson) Nick McGrath @nhmcgrath https://www.nick-mcgrath-freelance-journalist.co.uk/ (https://www.nick-mcgrath-freelance-journalist.co.uk/) Resources How to pitch, get commissioned and make a living interviewing celebrities https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-pitch-get-commissioned-and-make-a-living-interviewing-celebrities-tickets-118077632377 (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-pitch-get-commissioned-and-make-a-living-interviewing-celebrities-tickets-118077632377) Donna's article: How to accept rejection https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/26/turn-rejection-into-success-share-hashtag (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/26/turn-rejection-into-success-share-hashtag) Mentor schemes: https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring-2020/ (https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring-2020/) https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/) https://journalismassembly.com/assembly (https://journalismassembly.com/assembly) https://presspad.co.uk/how-it-works/ (https://presspad.co.uk/how-it-works/) https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/ (https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/)
29 Mar 10:04
A dualcast special with Jobs Bored
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.
29 Mar 10:04
Working Outside London
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 journalist Nicola Slawson wishes she had moved to Shrewsbury years ago. The guests Nicola Slawson @Nicola_Slawson https://thesinglesupplement.substack.com/about Danielle Hayden @Daniellehayd Resources FFJ newsletter https://freelancingforjournalists.substack.com/ Medical Journalists Association https://www.mjauk.org/ Scott Trust Bursary https://workforus.theguardian.com/index.php/entry-level-opportunities/scott-trust-bursaries/ Positive News https://www.positive.news/ Write About Your Life https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/write-about-your-life-how-to-pitch-and-find-new-stories-tickets-129277010017 (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/write-about-your-life-how-to-pitch-and-find-new-stories-tickets-129277010017) Broadcast Journalists Forum https://www.facebook.com/groups/863351437010810 People in TV: Northern England https://www.facebook.com/groups/IneedCREWNorthernEngland Freelancing for Journalists Facebook community https://www.facebook.com/groups/freelancingforjournalists No.1 Freelance Media Women https://www.facebook.com/groups/No1FreelanceMediaWomen Northern Freelance UK journalists & media group https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=freelance%20north Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The Tax Farm, the accountancy service dedicated to freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners. The right accountant is more than a number cruncher and tax return filer – they’re your business guardian, helping you make better financial decisions. Talk to John at https://thetaxfarm.co.uk/ (The Tax Farm) today and quote ‘FFJ15’ to claim your exclusive 15% discount.
29 Mar 10:04
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_tv https://www.samashoo.com/ Sarah Leach @sarleach http://www.sarahleach.com/about Resources The freelance place for new starters in TV: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tv.runners Sky Sports Careers https://careers.sky.com/jobsearchresults/ The Athletic Careers https://theathletic.co.uk/careers/ Journo resources freelance rate https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/ NUJ freelance rates https://www.nuj.org.uk/work/freelance/ Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The Tax Farm, the accountancy service dedicated to freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners. The right accountant is more than a number cruncher and tax return filer – they’re your business guardian, helping you make better financial decisions. Talk to John at https://thetaxfarm.co.uk/ (The Tax Farm) today and quote ‘FFJ15’ to claim your exclusive 15% discount.
29 Mar 10:04
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://saimamir.com/ Resources Journalism Diversity Fund https://www.nctj.com/Journalism-Diversity-Fund Women in Journalism diversity report https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/lack-diversity-british-newsrooms/ White Paper: Diversity in Journalism https://www.responsesource.com/blog/whitepaper-diversity-in-journalism/ Press Pad: Media Diversity in the UK https://presspad.co.uk/making-the-case-for-diverse-newsrooms/ Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The Tax Farm, the accountancy service dedicated to freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners. The right accountant is more than a number cruncher and tax return filer – they’re your business guardian, helping you make better financial decisions. Talk to John at https://thetaxfarm.co.uk/ (The Tax Farm) today and quote ‘FFJ15’ to claim your exclusive 15% discount.
29 Mar 10:04
What commissioning editors want
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 https://twitter.com/lisabachelor (@lisabachelor) Jaimie Kaffash https://twitter.com/jkaffash (@jkaffash) Resources Pitching guidelines https://www.journoresources.org.uk/pitching-guidelines/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/pitching-guidelines/) ClipShare newspaper and magazine archive https://www.nlamediaaccess.com/publishers/publisher-services/clipshare/ (https://www.nlamediaaccess.com/publishers/publisher-services/clipshare/) Readly magazine database https://gb.readly.com/ (https://gb.readly.com/) Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The Tax Farm, the accountancy service dedicated to freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners. The right accountant is more than a number cruncher and tax return filer – they’re your business guardian, helping you make better financial decisions. Talk to John at https://thetaxfarm.co.uk/ (The Tax Farm) today and quote ‘FFJ15’ to claim your exclusive 15% discount.
29 Mar 10:04
Writing for specialist titles
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/ (https://mattparkerfreelance.com/) @emptyparker Sooraj Shah https://soorajshah.com/ (https://soorajshah.com/) @Sooraj_Shah Resources Worldwide freelance writing markets https://www.worldwidefreelance.com/ (https://www.worldwidefreelance.com/) Readly magazine database https://gb.readly.com/ (https://gb.readly.com/) Journo Resources freelance rate https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/ NUJ freelance rates https://www.nuj.org.uk/work/freelance/ Creative Money https://www.creativemoney.co.uk/ (https://www.creativemoney.co.uk/) Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The Tax Farm, the accountancy service dedicated to freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners. The right accountant is more than a number cruncher and tax return filer – they’re your business guardian, helping you make better financial decisions. Talk to John at https://thetaxfarm.co.uk/ (The Tax Farm) today and quote ‘FFJ15’ to claim your exclusive 15% discount.
29 Mar 10:03
Setting up a newsletter
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 his jobs newsletter. The Guests Lottie Gross @lottiecgross Alastair Lane @AlasdairJMLane Resources Talking Travel Writing https://travelwriting.substack.com/subscribe (https://travelwriting.substack.com/subscribe) Write at Home https://writeathome.substack.com/ Freelancing for Journalists https://freelancingforjournalists.substack.com/ (https://freelancingforjournalists.substack.com/) Substack newsletter platform https://substack.com/ (https://substack.com/) MailChimp newsletter platform https://mailchimp.com/ The top journo newsletters https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-newsletters-journo-freelance/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-newsletters-journo-freelance/) Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The Tax Farm, the accountancy service dedicated to freelancers, the self-employed and small business owners. The right accountant is more than a number cruncher and tax return filer – they’re your business guardian, helping you make better financial decisions. Talk to John at https://thetaxfarm.co.uk/ (The Tax Farm) today and quote ‘FFJ15’ to claim your exclusive 15% discount.
29 Mar 10:03
Finding case studies and experts
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 that little bit extra during her interviews. The Guests Tom Bettison https://www.linkedin.com/in/tombettison/?originalSubdomain=uk (LinkedIn profile) Kate Dooley https://www.instagram.com/d001ey/?hl=de (@d00ley) https://www.thetalentmanager.com/talent/12425 (https://www.thetalentmanager.com/talent/12425) Resources FFJ lunchtime webinar series https://www.tickettailor.com/events/freelancingforjournalists (https://www.tickettailor.com/events/freelancingforjournalists) How to become a successful journalist (with additional premium FFJ community) https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/how-to-become-a-successful-freelance-journalist/s43/a750959/ (https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/how-to-become-a-successful-freelance-journalist/s43/a750959/) FFJ on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/freelancingforjournalists/ (@freelancingforjournalists) FFJ work experience programme https://www.tickettailor.com/events/freelancingforjournalists/476446/ (https://www.tickettailor.com/events/freelancingforjournalists/476446/) How to track down case studies for your next article by Lily Canter https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-to-track-down-case-studies-for-your-next-article/s2/a793552/ (https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-to-track-down-case-studies-for-your-next-article/s2/a793552/) Diversity episode- Freelancing for Journalists podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/diversity/id1511920418?i=1000501819068 (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/diversity/id1511920418?i=1000501819068) Response Source https://www.responsesource.com/ (https://www.responsesource.com/) and their journalistic enquiry service is at https://journalistenquiries.responsesource.com/send/ (https://journalistenquiries.responsesource.com/send/) PR & Journo Requests on Twitter https://twitter.com/journo_request?lang=en (@PRJOurnoRequest) use #JournoRequest or #PRRequest Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.
29 Mar 10:03
Should you work for free?
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 journalist, and editor at The Indiependent, discusses how the nuances of working for free need to be explored. The Guests Dr Kathleen Kuehn https://kmkuehn.com/ (https://kmkuehn.com/) Katheleen’s book The Post-Snowden Era- Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/the-post-snowden-era (https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/the-post-snowden-era ) Twitter:https://twitter.com/kathleenkr?lang=en (@kathleenkr ) Bethany Kirkbride, Freelance journalist and Founder and editorhttps://twitter.com/indie_pendent ( of The Indiependent ) https://bethkirkbride.com/ (https://bethkirkbride.com/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/BettyKirkers (@BettyKirkers) and https://twitter.com/indie_pendent (@indie_pendent) Resources Academics Anonymous, The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/series/academics-anonymous (https://www.theguardian.com/education/series/academics-anonymous) The Indiependent https://www.indiependent.co.uk/ (https://www.indiependent.co.uk/) The Indiependent - writer of the month https://www.indiependent.co.uk/?s=writer+of+the+month (https://www.indiependent.co.uk/?s=writer+of+the+month) Press pad https://presspad.co.uk/ (https://presspad.co.uk/) JournoResources https://www.journoresources.org.uk/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/) Journalism co.uk podcast: Robyn Vinter, founder of The Overtake, on closing down the publication https://www.journalism.co.uk/podcast/robyn-vinter-founder-of-the-overtake-on-closing-down-the-website/s399/a795339/ (https://www.journalism.co.uk/podcast/robyn-vinter-founder-of-the-overtake-on-closing-down-the-website/s399/a795339/) Article by Lily in The Overtake: Baking a difference https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/lifestyle/the-overtake-baking-a-difference/ (https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/lifestyle/the-overtake-baking-a-difference/) Information on rates of pay https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/) and https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-salaries-how-much-journalists-paid/ NUJ freelance fees guide http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php (http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php) NUJ rates for the job http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/index.php (http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/index.php) Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by the https://journalistenquiries.responsesour
29 Mar 10:03
Trolling and online abuse
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 this was recorded on March 2nd 2021. The guests Jessica Hope Evans https://twitter.com/jesshopeevans?lang=en (@jesshopeevans) Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thefreelancesessions/?hl=en (@thefreelancesessions) Website https://freelancemasterclass.wixsite.com/website (https://freelancemasterclass.wixsite.com/website) JR Moores https://twitter.com/spinal_bap (@spinal_bap) Website https://jrmoores.contently.com/ (https://jrmoores.contently.com/) New book Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music from 1968 to the Present, published by Reaktion Books, September 2021 http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/ (http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/) Resources Lily’s experience of below the line comments on Hold the Front Page https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2014/news/weeklies-cutting-corners-in-rush-to-publish-on-web/ (https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2014/news/weeklies-cutting-corners-in-rush-to-publish-on-web/) JR’s review that ended up on a T-shirt https://thequietus.com/articles/28899-idles-ultra-mono-review (https://thequietus.com/articles/28899-idles-ultra-mono-review) Dan Lucas’s review on Drowned in Sound https://drownedinsound.com/releases/17684/reviews/4146495 (https://drownedinsound.com/releases/17684/reviews/4146495) Recent survey for The International Centre for Journalists documenting online attacks on women information https://www.icfj.org/news/online-attacks-women-journalists-leading-real-world-violence-new-research-shows (https://www.icfj.org/news/online-attacks-women-journalists-leading-real-world-violence-new-research-shows) and report https://www.icfj.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/UNESCO%20Online%20Violence%20Against%20Women%20Journalists%20-%20A%20Global%20Snapshot%20Dec9pm.pdf (https://www.icfj.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/UNESCO%20Online%20Violence%20Against%20Women%20Journalists%20-%20A%20Global%20Snapshot%20Dec9pm.pdf) Courtney Tenz presentation on online harassment at Berlin Media Convention 2019 https://courtneytenz.com/2019/06/17/for-your-viewing-pleasure-my-speech-on-online-harassment-from-the-media-convention-berlin-2019-dick-pics-death-threats/ (https://courtneytenz.com/2019/06/17/for-your-viewing-pleasure-my-speech-on-online-harassment-from-the-media-convention-berlin-2019-dick-pics-death-threats/) Nadine White, HuffPost reporter attacked by Government minister after asking questions about the Covid
29 Mar 10:03
Training and qualifications
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 digital journalist, who runs So you want to be a journalist? Instagram account, discusses how her university course gave her confidence to start out in journalism. The Guests Chandni Sembhi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soyouwanttobeajournalist/ (@soyouwanttobeajournalist) Twitter: http://@chandnisembhi (@chandnisembhi) Anna Turns Twitter: https://twitter.com/annaturns?lang=en (@AnnaTurns) Website: https://www.environmentaljournalist.co.uk/ Resources Mark Grist podcast http://www.markgrist.com/markcantrap (http://www.markgrist.com/markcantrap) Lily Canter research examining the value of accredited journalism courses: https://journalism-education.org/2015/08/chasing-the-accreditation-dream/ (https://journalism-education.org/2015/08/chasing-the-accreditation-dream/) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ulXwfU58Hk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ulXwfU58Hk) https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/new-study-raises-questions-about-value-of-accredited-journalism-courses/ (https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/new-study-raises-questions-about-value-of-accredited-journalism-courses/) https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/regional-press-no-longer-established-pathway-into-journalism-says-academic/ (https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/regional-press-no-longer-established-pathway-into-journalism-says-academic/) National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited courses https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalism/Accreditedcourses/course-search (https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalism/Accreditedcourses/course-search) NCTJ qualifications (incl. diploma and national qualification in journalism) https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalism (https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalism) Masters in print journalism https://www.findamasters.com/masters-degrees/united-kingdom/print-media/?70MhoIM400 (https://www.findamasters.com/masters-degrees/united-kingdom/print-media/?70MhoIM400) The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BTJC) accredited courses https://bjtc.org.uk/students (https://bjtc.org.uk/students) Professional Publishers Association (PPA) https://www.ppa.co.uk/ (https://www.ppa.co.uk/) News associates course https://newsassociates.co.uk/ (https://newsassociates.co.uk/) Freelancing
29 Mar 10:03