89 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.

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

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.

Freelancing for Journalists Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

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.

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

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.

    Newsletter publishing

    Newsletter publishing

    In this week's episode we chat to two freelance journalists / authors who also make a living via self-publishing on Substack and Patreon. Adharanand Finn, award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans, and former Telegraph Women editor Claire Cohen, author of BFF: The Truth About Female Friendship, discuss the appeal of writing direct to an audience and why they decided to set up their own newsletters.
    Guests
    Adharanand Finn https://twitter.com/adharanand
    https://www.instagram.com/thewayoftherunner/
    https://thewayoftherunner.com/
    Claire Cohen https://twitter.com/clairecohen
    https://www.instagram.com/clairecohen1/
    Resources
    BFF: The Truth About Female Friendship https://www.amazon.co.uk/BFF-truth-about-female-friendship/dp/1787635635
    Adharanand Finn's books https://www.adharanandfinn.com/books
    Monday Musings newsletter https://adharanand.substack.com/
    Adharanand Finn Patreon https://www.patreon.com/adharanandfinn
    Tell Me About It newsletter https://clairecohen.substack.com/
    FFJ newsletter https://freelancingforjournalists.substack.com/
    Setting up a newsletter FFJ podcast episode https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/setting-up-a-newsletter
    Recommendations
    Francesca Specter The Shoulds newsletter https://francescaspecter.substack.com/
    Devin Kelly Children in the Garden https://longreads.com/2022/01/06/children-in-the-garden-devin-kelly/
    Rosamund Dean Well Well Well newsletter https://rosamunddean.substack.com/
    Midlife Mess with Annie Scott https://anniescott.substack.com/

    • 52 min
    Social media management

    Social media management

    Ever wondered what social media management actually is? On the podcast this week we talk to two freelance journalists who also work in social media marketing and SEO writing. Nicole Letts is a lifestyle journalist based in Atlanta who works with clients on Instagram and Britt Jones is a UK freelancer who provides bespoke social media services.
    Guests
    Nicole Letts https://www.instagram.com/nicolemelv/?hl=en
    https://muckrack.com/nicole-letts
    Britt Jones https://twitter.com/the_brittjones
    https://linktr.ee/Thebrittjones
    Resources
    Social media managers https://www.loomly.com/ https://www.hootsuite.com/
    Portfolio service https://linktr.ee/
    Time tracker app https://toggl.com/
    Recommendations
    Emma Rosen The Radical Sabbatical https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radical-Sabbatical-Millennial-Handbook-Quarter/dp/191138273X
    Amy Beth Wright Texas wine https://muckrack.com/amybethwright
    Rebecca Deurlein Sandwich King of Chicago https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20240303-a-food-network-chefs-favourite-sandwiches-in-his-hometown-of-chicago

    • 48 min
    Report writing and translation

    Report writing and translation

    On the podcast this week we delve into the world of report writing and translation. We speak to experienced health journalist Priya Joi who has written global reports for the World Health Organisation, United Nations and Global Vaccine Alliance, and freelance journalist Judith Zerdin who also works as a Spanish/French to English translator. We discover how to use transferable skills to get freelance work in these two fascinating fields.
    Guests
    Priya Joi https://www.instagram.com/priya.joi/ https://www.priyajoi.com/
    The Art of Freelance newsletter https://priyajoi.substack.com/
    Forthcoming book Motherland https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/291691/priya-joi
    Judith Zerdin https://www.linkedin.com/in/judithzerdin
    Resources
    Time Management podcast https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/time-management
    Institute of Translation and Interpreting https://www.iti.org.uk/membership/individual-membership-categories/associate-membership.html
    Recommendations
    Linda Geddes, From lab to plate https://www.theguardian.com/food/2024/feb/25/from-lab-to-plate-six-course-menu-featuring-no-kill-dim-sum-steak-frites
    Ariane Sherine, Why I legally changed my name five times https://arianesherine.substack.com/p/why-i-legally-changed-my-name-five

    • 40 min
    Copywriting

    Copywriting

    In the podcast this week we discuss the world of copywriting and how freelance journalists can find work in this field. We chat to journalists Peter Ranscombe and Ella Delancey Jones about the difference between copywriting and content writing, and how to flit between writing for the audience and writing for a client.
    Guests
    https://www.peter-ranscombe.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-ranscombe/
    https://twitter.com/ellaluciewrites
    https://linktr.ee/ellalucie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-delancey-jones-a305514b/
    Resources
    https://www.airtasker.com/uk/
    https://www.sianmeadeswilliams.com/freelance-writing-jobs
    https://writeathome.beehiiv.com/
    https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/copywriting-a-course-for-freelance-journalists/s43/a554233/
    Recommendations
    https://twitter.com/marisajbate
    https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-10-best-non-alcoholic-drinks-according-to-retailers/

    • 46 min
    Breaking into lecturing

    Breaking into lecturing

    Welcome to series 13! This season we discuss how to diversify your income stream when working as a freelance journalist. The first episode delves into the world of lecturing and how to break into it. We share tips and experiences with entertainment journalist Jamie Body and lifestyle writer Beth Neil who both teach at a number of universities.
    The guests
    Jamie Body https://www.jamiebody.com/
    https://twitter.com/bodyjamie
    Beth Neil https://muckrack.com/beth-neil
    https://twitter.com/bethneil
    Resources
    FFJ Video tutorial on breaking into lecturing https://payhip.com/b/7ESqC
    Recommendations
    Holly Geraghty: https://www.huckmag.com/article/the-gaza-breakdancing-crew-helping-children-escape-the-trauma-of-war
    Eimear O'Hagan https://muckrack.com/eimear-ohagan

    • 48 min
    Arts and Culture Journalism

    Arts and Culture Journalism

    In the final episode of this series we speak to Precious Adesina about arts and culture journalism. Curating an interest in the arts from an early age, Precious went on to work for The Telegraph before going freelance. She talks about the challenges faced by black journalists, how she champions arts writing and her passion project as a radio presenter.
    The guest
    https://www.preciousadesina.com/
    https://twitter.com/precadesina
    Resources
    You're the Business by Anna Codrea-Rado https://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Business-Successful-Career-Strike/dp/0753558653
    https://www.google.co.uk/alerts
    Recommendation
    Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff friendship column https://www.stylist.co.uk/relationships/family-friends/friendship-political-beliefs/799772

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 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

al£xis ,

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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