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.
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In the final episode of the series we discuss the elusive art of time management. How can we get better at managing our time as freelance journalists and what are the best tricks and tools to employ. We seek advice from radio and YouTube presenter / personal trainer / ultra marathon runner Anna Harding and freelance journalist / author / agency co-founder Sally Howard.
What commissioning editors want #2
In the podcast this week we quiz two commissioning editors about what they want to see from freelance journalists. Rebecca Liu, commissioning editor at the Guardian, and Mun-Keat Looi international features editor at the British Medical Journal, discuss the winning formula for pitches plus how to make yourself indispensable as a freelancer. They also chat about pet hates, negotiating rates and top tips for regular commissions.
Pitching guide https://payhip.com/b/dcliH
'What commissioning editors want' previous podcast episode https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/what-commissioning-editors-want
My boyfriend lives with my husband https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/sep/22/experience-my-boyfriend-lives-with-my-husband
Why health experts are fighting to end daylight saving time https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36958725/
Rejection and resilience
In the podcast this week we talk about practical solutions to help cope with rejection as a freelance journalist. How can we become more resilient and turn rejection into positive action? Expert advice is on hand from freelance marine science writer Melissa Hobson and rural affairs and human interest reporter Kate Chapman.
Melissa Hobson www.melissahobson.co.uk
Kate Chapman www.kate-chapman.co.uk
FFJ podcast on Imposter Syndrome https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/imposter-syndrome
Article on how to accept rejection https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/26/turn-rejection-into-success-share-hashtag
Anna Turns Remaking petrochemicals article https://www.theguardian.com/whats-possible-ask-toronto/2023/sep/29/how-researchers-remade-the-worlds-most-widely-used-petrochemical-without-using-fossil-fuels
Jason Bittel Forget everything you know about pigeons article https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/pigeons-diversity-doves-photographs
Rethinking social media
With Elon Musk seemingly destroying Twitter, we decided it was time to ask two experts whether we need to be rethinking social media as freelance journalists. Can we live without Twitter and what are the alternatives? Should we be more mindful about how our data is used? And how on earth does Mastodon work? We spoke to tech and internet journalists Chris Stokel-Walker and Steven Asarch to find the answers.
Chris Stokel-Walker stokel-walker.com
Steven Asarch https://muckrack.com/steven-asarch
Blue Sky https://bsky.app/
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elon-Musk-Walter-Isaacson/dp/1398527491
TikTok Boom by Chris Stokel-Walker https://www.amazon.co.uk/TikTok-Boom-China-Superpower-Social/dp/1912454793
The History of the Internet by Chris Stokel-Walker https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Internet-Byte-Sized-Chunks-Bite-Sized/dp/1789295599
Google accidentally leaking AI chats by Chris Stokel-Walker https://www.fastcompany.com/90958811/google-was-accidentally-leaking-its-bard-ai-chats-into-public-search-results
Miles Klee, internet culture journalist https://www.rollingstone.com/author/miles-klee/
Jessica Lucas, There's a Deadly Drinking Problem on TikTok https://www.huffpost.com/entry/deadly-drinking-tik-tok_n_64760b90e4b02325c5dd1b33
Seth Simons, Who's afraid of Lorne Michaels? https://longreads.com/2023/08/17/lorne-michaels-saturday-night-live/
Taylor Lorenz, tech journalist on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorlorenz
Sophia Smith Galer, journalist https://twitter.com/sophiasgaler
Laura Garcia, BBC Mundo a href="https://lauragrb.com/"...
On the podcast this week we discuss the art of Long Reads and how to pitch, research and write them. We receive excellent insights from GQ features editor Oliver Franklin-Wallis and Guardian writer Samira Shackle.
Book: The Wasteland https://oliverfranklinwallis.com/wasteland/
Book: Karachi Vice https://samirashackle.com/books/
Guardian The Long Read https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read
GQ Long Reads https://www.gq.com/about/long-reads
Long Reads submission details https://longreads.com/submissions/
Sophie Elmhirst Long Read https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jun/27/man-who-wants-to-make-condoms-sexy-durex
Tom Lamont Long Read https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/the-race-to-catch-the-last-nazis
We're back for another series and in our first episode we talk about the nitty gritty of freelance rights. What can you do about late payments, poor contracts and unfair rates? We discuss the problems and the solutions with Sheron Boyle, founder of Can Pay Won't Pay Facebook group, and Natasha Hirst, president of the National Union of Journalists.
Natasha's website https://natashahirstblog.co.uk/
Sheron Boyle Media https://www.facebook.com/SheronBoyleMedia
Can Pay Won't Pay Freelance Journalists (UK outlets only) Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/614195525419319
NUJ freelance membership https://www.nuj.org.uk/join/how-much-will-it-cost.html
NUJ freelance rate for the job http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/index.php
NUJ freelance fact pack https://www.nuj.org.uk/advice/freelance-resources.html
Late payment fee template https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge/articles/2023/04/late-payment-letter-and-outstanding-payment-letter-template/
Heather Brooks MP Expenses investigation https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/may/15/mps-expenses-heather-brooke-foi
Ronan Farrow Hollywood sex abuse investigation https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/12/ronan-farrow-on-investigating-harvey-weinstein-family-issues-thrown-at-me-is-a-dirty-move
Faith Martin https://faithmartin.journoportfolio.com/
John Pring, Disability News Service https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/