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 email@example.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter @freelancingfor @lilycanter @emmajourno.
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You can also sign up to our freelancing course here: https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/freelance-journalism-online-course/s43/a750959/
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We also offer a range of bespoke training packages under the Freelancing for Journalists brand. Email us for details.
In this special bonus episode we talk to two members of the Freelancing for Journalism team, Madeleine Drury and Helen Quinn, who are both freelance journalists working in the broadcast industry. Maddie works as a freelance journalist and audio producer for broadcasters such as BBC World Service and Sky News, and Helen divides her time between writing health-related articles as a journalist and writing documentary scripts for television.
Maddie’s work: https://linktr.ee/druryma
Helen’s journalism portfolio: https://muckrack.com/helen-quinn-3
https://creativeaccess.org.uk for jobs and placement schemes - this is your number one shop for young people.
Content is Queen
https://contentisqueen.org for getting into podcasting
Places to find work:
Sian Meades-Williams Freelance Writing Jobs newsletter
Finding work in TV:
The Talent Manager
Media Parents- good for flexible roles and job sharing
Science Telly jobs (Facebook group)
Working in TV (Facebook group)
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Writing for your dream publication
In this week's episode we ask how do you get a byline in the publication you’ve always wanted to work for?
We discuss this with award-winning freelance journalist Donna Ferguson who writes regularly for her dream publication The Guardian, and Karen Edwards, a freelance journalist, editor and author who started in the entertainment industry and made a conscious choice to move into travel journalism.
Women in Journalism Masterclass series
Donna’s work in The Guardian
Telegraph Travel Section
Pitching and providing the goods
National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Women in Journalism
Branding and supplementary income podcast episode
FFJ Quick Guide: Branding for Freelancers
FFJ newsletter on Branding yourself as a Journalist
This episode looks at how to negotiate rates and when to push back against poor rates.
We chat with Elle Hunt, who writes for the Guardian but also has bylines in Tortoise, New Scientist and Grazia and Tayla Blaire, a freelance content and copywriter based in South Africa. They both have excellent tips and strategies about the best way to negotiate.
Tayla’s Huffington Post personal essay
Sonia Weiss opportunities of the week
Who pays writers
NUJ rate for the job
NUJ rate advice
Journo Resources freelance rates
Book: You are a badass at making money by Jen Sincero
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One story multiple ways
This week we look at how to sell one story in multiple ways. How do you get more bang for your buck, maximise your income and make the most of a topic you have been looking into?
We have Gabriella Ferlita, a journalist writing about women’s health, sex and entertainment and Florian Sturm, a freelance journalist based in Germany writing about science, conservation and travel, to share how they have very successfully sold one story in different ways.
Journo Resources events and masterclasses
Florian in National Geographic
With artificial intelligence to more animal welfare in aquaculture, Greenpeace
Florian’s Kenya scholarship story
Florian’s upcoming book: A life for the Ocean
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Gabriella’s sex trend articles (explainer and first-person)
Supercharge your pitching
In this episode we explore what makes a winning pitch and how to improve your chances of getting a commission.
Learn about the most common mistakes freelancers make when pitching as we chat with two experienced freelance journalists, Punteha van Terheyden who specialises in true-life stories and Flic Everett, a self-employed journalist and editor.
Punteha van Terheyden
Podcast on pitching
Punteha’s journalism handbooks
The 10-point pitching plan
Use the code FFJ33 to get a 33% discount
In this week’s episode, we look at how to generate ideas for stories. Writer and lecturer Ellie Levenson and freelancer feature writer Amelia Tait talk us through how they get some of their best ideas and where they find inspiration.
Museum of brands
Amelia’s bubble bath brand story in The Observer
Ellie’s story on the Lockerbie bombings
Amelia on how crips flavours have changed
Amelia’s story on pathways
What commissioning editors want
Lily’s article about running fees
Freelancing for Journalists newsletter
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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! ⭐️
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
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.