65 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

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 11 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.

    Broadcast journalism

    Broadcast journalism

    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. 
    The Guests
    Madeleine Drury
    Twitter: @DruryMadeleine 
    Instagram: @dreamonmaddie
    Maddie’s work: https://linktr.ee/druryma
    Helen Quinn
    Twitter: @helen1_quinn
    Instagram: @helenquinn_1
    Helen’s journalism portfolio: https://muckrack.com/helen-quinn-3
    Resources
    Creative Access
    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:
    JournoResources 
    https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-jobs-internships/
    Media Beans 
    https://mediabeans.io/
    Sian Meades-Williams Freelance Writing Jobs newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/69d207801f23/freelancewritingjobs
    Finding work in TV:
    Screen Skills
    https://www.screenskills.com/
    Production Base
    https://www.productionbase.co.uk/
    The Talent Manager
    https://www.thetalentmanager.com/
    Media Parents- good for flexible roles and job sharing
    https://www.mediaparents.co.uk/
    Science Telly jobs (Facebook group)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/210114535757505/
    Working in TV (Facebook group)
    a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/workinginTV/" rel="noopener...

    • 45 min
    Writing for your dream publication

    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. 
    The Guests 
    Karen Edwards
    Twitter: @KarenNEdwards 
    Instagram: @karennedwards_writer
    Website: https://www.karenedwards.co.uk/
    Donna Ferguson 
    Twitter: @DonnaLFerguson
    Instagram: @donnalferguson
    Resources
    Women in Journalism Masterclass series
    https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/masterclass-series/
    Donna’s work in The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/profile/donna-ferguson
    Telegraph Travel Section 
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/
    Pitching and providing the goods
    https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/pitching-and-providing-the-goods
    National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
    https://www.nuj.org.uk/
    Women in Journalism
    https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/
    Branding and supplementary income podcast episode 
    https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/branding-and-supplementary-income
    FFJ Quick Guide: Branding for Freelancers 
    https://payhip.com/FreelancingforJournalists
    FFJ newsletter on Branding yourself as a Journalist 
    https://freelancingforjournalists.substack.com/p/branding-for-freelance-journalists
    Muckrack 
    https://muckrack.com/donna-ferguson
    Readly App
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    • 51 min
    Negotiating rates

    Negotiating rates

    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.
    The Guests
    Elle Hunt
    Twitter: @elle_hunt 
    Instagram: @elle_hunt
    Website: https://ellehunt.net/
    Tayla Blaire
    Twitter: @TaylaBlaire 
    Instagram: @tayla.blaire
    Website: https://taylablaire.com/
    Resources
    Tayla’s Huffington Post personal essay 
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/student-teacher-pediatric-cancer-family_n_61e9d33ee4b01440a6895a4a
    Sonia Weiss opportunities of the week 
    https://soniaweiser.wordpress.com/opportunities-of-the-week-newsletter/
    Who pays writers 
    http://whopayswriters.com/#/results
    Study hall
    https://studyhall.xyz/plans/study-hall-subscriptions/
    NUJ rate for the job
    http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/index.php
    NUJ rate advice 
    http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?&section=General&subsect=Negotiating+rates+and+rights&page=Advice
    Journo Resources freelance rates
    https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/
    Book: You are a badass at making money by Jen Sincero 
    https://jensincero.com/shop/#product=product-habits-paperback
    Freelance recommendations
    Kushie Amin
    https://kushieamin.wixsite.com/home
    Amelia Tait
    a href="https://ameliatait.com/" rel="noopener...

    • 50 min
    One story multiple ways

    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. 
    The Guests
    Florian Sturm
    Twitter: @wordscombined
    Instagram: @flowritesandtravels
    Website: https://florian-sturm.com/
    Gabriella Ferlita
    Twitter: @Gabriellaf_17
    Instagram: @gabriellaferlita
    Portfolio: https://gabriellaferlita99.journoportfolio.com/
    Resources
    Journo Resources events and masterclasses
    https://www.journoresources.org.uk/events/
    Florian in National Geographic
    https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/author/florian-sturm
    With artificial intelligence to more animal welfare in aquaculture, Greenpeace
    https://www.greenpeace.ch/de/hintergrund/80353/mit-kuenstlicher-intelligenz-zu-mehr-tierwohl-in-der-aquakultur/
    Florian’s Kenya scholarship story
    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b3de4aa25bf0252ea0e0cb4/t/5c7971b90d9297f72e955f39/1551462906497/Klick-klack_Kenia_Suprise
    Florian’s upcoming book: A life for the Ocean 
    https://ein-leben-fuer-den-ozean.de/
    Contribute to its production and the spread of knowledge by buying plankton: https://ein-leben-fuer-den-ozean.de/produkt/supportplankton/
    Gabriella’s sex trend articles (explainer and first-person)
    https://www.tyla.com/sex-and-relationships/pressing-down-womans-stomach-tiktok-20220117
    https://www.elitedaily.com/dating/tiktok-sex-trend-pushing-down-stomach-sex
    p...

    • 39 min
    Supercharge your pitching

    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.  
    The Guests
    Punteha van Terheyden
    Twitter: @vTFeatures 
    Instagram: @vtfeatures
    Website: https://www.vtfeatures.co.uk/
    Flic Everett
    Twitter: @fliceverett 
    Website: https://www.fliceverett.com/
    Resources
    Podcast on pitching 
    https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/search
    Punteha’s journalism handbooks
    https://www.vtfeatures.co.uk/freelance-journalism-learning-handbooks-online-uk-part-time
    The 10-point pitching plan
    https://www.vtfeatures.co.uk/affordable-freelance-journalism-handbooks-digital-uk
    Use the code FFJ33 to get a 33% discount
    Freelance Recommendations
    Leah Hardy
    @LeahFHardy 
    https://muckrack.com/leah-hardy/articles
    Isabelle Jani-Friend  
    @ijanifriend
    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/cystic-fibrosis-coronavirus_uk_600e0a68c5b6a0d83a1c766c

    • 45 min
    Generating ideas

    Generating ideas

    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. 
    The Guests
    Ellie Levenson
    Twitter: @EllieLevenson 
    Instagram: @ellie_levenson
    Amelia Tait
    Twitter: @ameliargh 
    Website: https://ameliatait.com/

    Resources
    Museum of brands
    https://museumofbrands.com/
    Amelia’s bubble bath brand story in The Observer
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/aug/21/whatever-happened-to-novelty-bubble-bath-toys
    Ellie’s story on the Lockerbie bombings
    https://www.ft.com/content/7c3001fc-9b21-11dd-a653-000077b07658
    Amelia on how crips flavours have changed
    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/jan/14/so-long-salt-and-vinegar-how-crisp-flavours-went-from-simple-to-sensational
    Amelia’s story on pathways
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jun/14/paths-of-desire-lockdown-has-lent-a-new-twist-to-the-unofficial-trails-we-carve
    Google trends 
    https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=GB
    What commissioning editors want
    https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/what-commissioning-editors-want
    Lily’s article about running fees
    https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/lifestyle/runners-world-where-do-my-fees-go/
    Freelancing for Journalists newsletter 
    https://freelancingforjournalists.substack.com/
    Freelance Recommendations:
    Joe Zadeh
    a href="https://www.noemamag.com/the-tyranny-of-time/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 38 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

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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