38 episodes

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 guide for anyone interested in freelance journalism life.

Edited by Richard Wilson.

Contact us via email freelancingforjournalists@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 guide for anyone interested in freelance journalism life.

Edited by Richard Wilson.

Contact us via email freelancingforjournalists@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

You can find out more about FFJ at our dedicated website here: https://freelancingforjournalists.com/

Love the podcast? Then why not buy us a virtual cuppa here: https://ko-fi.com/freelancingforjournalists

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to get all the latest podcast news plus additional resources: https://tinyurl.com/y6j7kx7d

For the full Freelancing for Journalists experience you can purchase our book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freelancing-Journalists-Media-Skills-Canter/dp/0367135558

You can also sign up to our freelancing course here: https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/freelance-journalism-online-course/s43/a750959/

And check out our webinar training series here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/freelancingforjournalists

We also offer a range of bespoke training packages under the Freelancing for Journalists brand. Email us for details.

    How to appraise yourself

    How to appraise yourself

    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/document/d/1oy5YhMO1pBxIyXj6phUr_ApEorqT1OIPi7tIm45aMb4/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oy5YhMO1pBxIyXj6phUr_ApEorqT1OIPi7tIm45aMb4/edit?usp=sharing)
    Adapted appraisal form used by Lily and Emma in this episode: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gZd2JfSEjjLPdluCOS7ogRMgLX5q5g8vMSdBhW7q9vw/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gZd2JfSEjjLPdluCOS7ogRMgLX5q5g8vMSdBhW7q9vw/edit?usp=sharing)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Crowdsourcing

    Crowdsourcing

    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 crowdsourcing information for migrant-related stories.
    Guests
    Charlotte Godart
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hicharl0tte?lang=en (@hicharl0tte)
    Eric Reidy
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eric_Reidy?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (@Eric_Reidy)
    Website https://ericreidy.com/ (https://ericreidy.com/)
    Resources
    ProPublica crowdsourcing example (maternal harm) https://www.propublica.org/article/how-we-collected-nearly-5-000-stories-of-maternal-harm (https://www.propublica.org/article/how-we-collected-nearly-5-000-stories-of-maternal-harm)
    Guide to crowdsourcing from the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism
    https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/guide_to_crowdsourcing.php (https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/guide_to_crowdsourcing.php)
    Bellingcat https://www.bellingcat.com/ (https://www.bellingcat.com/)
    Examples of Bellingcat crowdsourcing stories https://www.bellingcat.com/category/resources/case-studies/ (https://www.bellingcat.com/category/resources/case-studies/)
    Bellingcat crowdsourcing police violence in US https://blmprotests.forensic-architecture.org/ (https://blmprotests.forensic-architecture.org/)
    The Ghost Boat Story crowdsourcing background https://deeply.thenewhumanitarian.org/refugees/community/2016/03/15/following-the-ghost-boat (https://deeply.thenewhumanitarian.org/refugees/community/2016/03/15/following-the-ghost-boat)
    Bellingcat’s open training workshops https://www.bellingcat.com/workshops/
    Bellingcat’s digital toolkit https://credibilitycoalition.org/credcatalog/project/bellingcats-digital-toolkit/ (https://credibilitycoalition.org/credcatalog/project/bellingcats-digital-toolkit/)
    Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) resource centre for safety and security resources https://helpdesk.gijn.org/support/solutions/articles/14000036509-safety-and-security (https://helpdesk.gijn.org/support/solutions/articles/14000036509-safety-and-security)
    Reporting grants https://gijn.org/grants-and-fellowships-2/#reporting

    • 43 min
    Safety and security

    Safety and security

    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 reporting on drugs, slave trade and criminal gangs - where his online security is as important as his general safety.
    Guests
    Sarah Giaziri
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarah_giaziri?lang=en (@Sarah_Giaziri)
    Michael Bird
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelbirduk?lang=en (@MichaelBirdUK )
    Website: https://michaelbirdjournalist.wordpress.com/ (https://michaelbirdjournalist.wordpress.com)
    Resources
    Frontline Freelance Register https://www.frontlinefreelance.org/ (https://www.frontlinefreelance.org/)
    FFR Freelance Journalist Safety principles https://www.frontlinefreelance.org/freelance-journalist-safety-principles/ (https://www.frontlinefreelance.org/freelance-journalist-safety-principles/)
    A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS alliance) Safety Principles https://www.acosalliance.org/the-principles (https://www.acosalliance.org/the-principles)
    ACOS resources and digital toolbox https://www.acosalliance.org/resources-1 (https://www.acosalliance.org/resources-1)
    UNESCO report safety issues https://en.unesco.org/themes/safety-journalists/dgreport/2018 (https://en.unesco.org/themes/safety-journalists/dgreport/2018)
    Organisations which help support freelance journalists who are at risk:
    Reporters sans Frontieres https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/1f97afdd3d179af07571c300dc0b33e3cb76c5d2?url=https%3A%2F%2Frsf.org%2FenanduserId=3513194andsignature=3b23152c7f4cf3a7 (https://rsf.org/en)
    European Center for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig, Germany https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/6b1d2aa106289519f1784596881b8e2bb18e75dd?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ecpmf.eu%2FanduserId=3513194andsignature=30416014e38b110f (https://www.ecpmf.eu/)
    Rory Peck Trust in the UK https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/2e55eace9967bf04389739fceb5964e8d27cf957?url=https%3A%2F%2Frorypecktrust.org%2FanduserId=3513194andsignature=b9b9b51e27d2d53d (https://rorypecktrust.org/)
    Media Defence in UK https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/6bfe88b6131a19255d5a0e613504868fafc58bb6?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mediadefence.org%2FanduserId=3513194andsignature=c8d5c2586794aa54 (https://www.mediadefence.org/)
    Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma in the US https://dartcenter.org/ (https://dartcenter.org)
    Safety training for freelance journalists:
    Freelance Journalism Assembly safety clinics: https://journalismassembly.com/conference/safety-clinics
    Rory Peck Trusts bursary for training https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-assistance/training-fund/ (https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-assistance/training-fund/)
    Silk Road Training https://silkroadtraining.international/ (https://silkroadtraining.international)

    • 41 min
    Collaborative journalism

    Collaborative journalism

    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
    Suchit Chavez
    Twitter @suchitchavez
    Resources
    Freelance Journalism Assembly https://journalismassembly.com/ (https://journalismassembly.com/)
    Freelance Journalism Assembly free summer conference https://journalismassembly.com/conference/ (https://journalismassembly.com/conference/)
    Lily’s freedom of information story with Ethan Davies https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-postcode-lottery-of-business-support-grants-084924816.html (https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-postcode-lottery-of-business-support-grants-084924816.html)
    Suchit’s digital tools list https://ijnet.org/en/story/10-google-tools-investigative-reporters-can-use-find-information (https://ijnet.org/en/story/10-google-tools-investigative-reporters-can-use-find-information)
    Hostwriter https://hostwriter.org (https://hostwriter.org)
    Unbias The News https://unbiasthenews.org (https://unbiasthenews.org)
    International Center for Journalists https://www.icfj.org (https://www.icfj.org)
    International Consortium of Investigative Journalists https://www.icij.org (https://www.icij.org)
    Connectas https://www.connectas.org (https://www.connectas.org)
    The Arena Housing Project https://journalismarena.eu/the-networks/the-arena-housing-project/ (https://journalismarena.eu/the-networks/the-arena-housing-project/)

    • 54 min
    Gender and identity

    Gender and identity

    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 the US, discusses how curiosity and learning can help you tell more accurate gender based stories.
    The Guests
    Rachael Davies https://rachdaviesetc.com/
    Twitter @rachdaviesetc
    Instagram @rachdaviesetc
    Imara Jones https://imarajones.com/
    Twitter: @imarajones
    Insta: @imara_jones_
    Resources
    Freelance Journalism Assembly - A freelancer's guide on gender and identity https://journalismassembly.com/resources/a-freelancers-guide-on-gender-and-identity (https://journalismassembly.com/resources/a-freelancers-guide-on-gender-and-identity)
    Independent Newsletter Awards Twitter: @IndieNLAwards
    TransLash Media https://translash.org/ (https://translash.org/)
    TransLash newsletter https://translash.org/connect/ (https://translash.org/connect/)
    Imara in Time magazine https://time.com/5880964/imara-jones-black-trans-women/
    TransLash podcast https://translash.org/podcast/ (https://translash.org/podcast/)
    Get me Giddy https://getmegiddy.com/ (https://getmegiddy.com/)
    Disclosure documentary https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81284247
    Trans in Trumpland https://www.transintrumpland.com/ (https://www.transintrumpland.com/)
    Condé Naste LGBTQ reporting https://www.condenast.com/brands/them (https://www.condenast.com/brands/them)
    Trans Journalist Association https://transjournalists.org (https://transjournalists.org)
    Guides to reporting on gender and identity
    Reporting on LGBTQ stories from Journalism.co.uk https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/a-guide-to-reporting-on-lgbtq-stories/s2/a740869/ (https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/a-guide-to-reporting-on-lgbtq-stories/s2/a740869/)
    Trans Journalist Association https://transjournalists.org/style-guide (https://transjournalists.org/style-guide)
    LGBTQI+ communities, a reporters’ guide from the European Journalism Centre https://ejc.net/uploads/downloads/EJC_LGBTQI_communities_a_reporters_guide.pdf (https://ejc.net/uploads/downloads/EJC_LGBTQI_communities_a_reporters_guide.pdf)

    • 49 min
    Reporting Migration

    Reporting Migration

    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 of migration.
    The Guests
    Caitlin Chandler http://www.caitlinlchandler.com (http://www.caitlinlchandler.com)
    Twitter https://twitter.com/CaitLChandler (@CaitLChandler)
    Georg Gassauer
    Twitter https://twitter.com/ggassauer?lang=en (@GGassauer)
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/georggassauer/ (@georggassauer)
    Resources
    Freelance Journalism Assembly https://journalismassembly.com/ (https://journalismassembly.com/)
    Freelance Journalism Assembly free summer conference https://journalismassembly.com/conference/ (https://journalismassembly.com/conference/)
    UN World Migration Report 2020 https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/wmr_2020.pdf (https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/wmr_2020.pdf)
    International Organisation for Migration https://www.iom.int (https://www.iom.int)
    Global Journalism Investigative Network migration reporting guides https://gijn.org/migration-reporting-sources-guidelines-contests/ (https://gijn.org/migration-reporting-sources-guidelines-contests/)
    Ethical Journalism Network migration reporting guide
    https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/ethical-guidelines-on-migration-reporting (https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/ethical-guidelines-on-migration-reporting)
    Examples of Caitlin’s reporting on migration
    https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/refugees-to-europe-do-better-than-this/ (https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/refugees-to-europe-do-better-than-this/)
    https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/6-years-8-countries-an-eritrean-couples-harrowing-search-for-safety/ (https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/6-years-8-countries-an-eritrean-couples-harrowing-search-for-safety/)
    https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/special-report/2018/01/30/inside-eu-s-flawed-200-million-migration-deal-sudan (https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/special-report/2018/01/30/inside-eu-s-flawed-200-million-migration-deal-sudan)
    https://www.cjr.org/special_report/heiko-jessen-germany-me-too.php (https://www.cjr.org/special_report/heiko-jessen-germany-me-too.php)
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/10/sci-fi-surveillance-europes-secretive-push-into-biometric-technology (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/10/sci-fi-surveillance-europes-secretive-push-into-biometric-technology)
    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/01/28/rome-where-migrants-face-eviction-while-fascists-find-a-home/ (https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/01/28/rome-where-migrants-face-eviction-while-fascists-find-a-home/)
    Georg’s reporting on migration
    https://www.potemkinharmattan.com/post/the-financial-dilemma-of-ingos-in-syria (https://www.potemkinharmattan.com/post/the-financial-dilemma-of-ingos-in-syria)
    Train of Hope https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=enandsl=deandu=http://www.trainofhope.at/_www_/andprev=searchandpto=aue (https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=enandsl=deandu=http://www.trainofhope.at/_www_/andprev=searchandpto=aue)
    Hostile Environment Training and safety courses
    https://dartcenter.org/events/2016/10/reporting-safely-crisis-zones-course (https://dartcenter.org/events/2016/10/reporting-safely-crisis-zones-course)
    https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-resources/safety-and-risk-assessment/taking-safety-training/ (https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-resources/safety-and-risk-assessment/taking-safety-training/)
    Grants and funding for journalists reporting on migration
    https://www.newamerica.org/international-reporting-project/ (https://www.newamerica.org/international-reporting-project/)
    https://www.investigativejournalismforeu.net (https://www.investigativejourn

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Kerri L Watt ,

All freelance journalists (and trainees) should be listening!

Super podcast strawberry jam packed full of tips and tricks to create a successful freelance journalism career. I’ve learned so much from the podcast and the hosts’ book, cannot recommend enough! ⭐️

Lilian from outer space ,

Highly recommend this podcast

I’m an award-winning freelance journalist for The Guardian and just wanted to say how useful I found this podcast. Really recommend it - so insightful and interesting

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Interesting and helpful

Finding this podcast is a great resource for someone hoping to become a freelance writer. Grateful to the hosts for sharing their insights.

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