45 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/

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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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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.

    How to appraise yourself: Part 2

    How to appraise yourself: Part 2

    In this bonus episode Lily and Emma return to the appraisal they conducted on each other six months ago to hold one another accountable. We find out how many of their action points were achieved and how useful the process was.
    Resources
    How to appraise yourself original podcast episode https://freelancing-for-journalists.captivate.fm/episode/how-to-appraise-yourself
    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 their first appraisal episode: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gZd2JfSEjjLPdluCOS7ogRMgLX5q5g8vMSdBhW7q9vw/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gZd2JfSEjjLPdluCOS7ogRMgLX5q5g8vMSdBhW7q9vw/edit?usp=sharing)

    • 31 min
    Changing profession later in life

    Changing profession later in life

    What does it take to switch to journalism later in life? In this episode, we find out how to move into freelance journalism after starting off in an alternative career. We talk about the rewards and the hurdles of changing careers with Rachel Steinberg, who worked in the theatre in Canada before moving to London to become a sports journalist and Rachel Murray who is an ex-lawyer turned freelance writer.
    The Guests
    Rachel Steinberg
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/rae_steinberg (@rae_steinberg)
    Clippings: https://www.clippings.me/rachelsteinberg
    Rachel Murray
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gotacommonname (@gotacommonname)
    Resources and recommendations
    Pivot newsletter for career changers by Rachel Murray
    https://pivotnewsletter.co.uk/
    JournoResources
    https://www.journoresources.org.uk/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/)
    NCTJ diploma
    https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalism
    Freelancing for Journalists Facebook community
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2526455974236281)
    Marisa Ingemi, Seattle Times
    https://www.seattletimes.com/author/marisa-ingemi/ (https://www.seattletimes.com/author/marisa-ingemi/)
    Marisa’s freelance article about companion horses
    https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/companion-ponies-horses-racetrack-15915104.php (https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/companion-ponies-horses-racetrack-15915104.php)
    Lizzy Denning, freelance journalist
    https://muckrack.com/lizzydening (https://muckrack.com/lizzydening)
    Lizzy’s Out of Office newsletter
    https://outoffice.substack.com/p/welcome-to-out-of-office (https://outoffice.substack.com/p/welcome-to-out-of-office)
    Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by https://www.cision.co.uk/ (Cision)

    • 34 min
    Moral choices

    Moral choices

    In this episode, we speak to two freelance journalists, Miranda Levy and Alice Draper about the moral choices you can be confronted with as a freelance journalist. We discuss how to set boundaries and how to avoid conflicts of interest.
    The Guests
    Miranda Levy
    Website: https://mirandalevy.co.uk/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mirandalevycopy (@mirandalevycopy)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mirandalevyinsta/ (@mirandalevyinsta)
    Alice Draper
    Website: https://www.alicedraper.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alicemdraper (@alicemdraper)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicedraper/ (@alicedraper)
    Resources and recommendations
    Vice photo scandal https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/12/cambodia-vice-edited-photos-khmer-rouge-victims-smiling-tuol-sleng-prison-genocide (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/12/cambodia-vice-edited-photos-khmer-rouge-victims-smiling-tuol-sleng-prison-genocide)
    Alice’s personal essays
    https://www.alicedraper.com/portfolio/ (https://www.alicedraper.com/portfolio/)
    Tayla Blaire
    https://taylablaire.contently.com/ (https://taylablaire.contently.com/)
    Tanya Gold
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/t/ta-te/tanya-gold/ (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/t/ta-te/tanya-gold/)
    https://muckrack.com/tanyagold1/articles (https://muckrack.com/tanyagold1/articles)
    Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by https://www.cision.co.uk/ (Cision).

    • 40 min
    Saying no

    Saying no

    In this episode we discuss the difficulty of saying no to work as a freelance. We talk to freelance journalist and Career Collective founder Lateefah Jean-Baptiste and i like networking founder Isabel Sachs about how, and when, to walk away when a commission or project is not working for you.
    The guests
    Lateefah Jean
    https://www.lateefahjb.com/ (https://www.lateefahjb.com/)
    Twitter https://twitter.com/_lateefahjb?lang=en (@_LateefahJB)
    https://www.instagram.com/careergirlcollective/ (https://www.instagram.com/careergirlcollective/)
    Isabel Sachs
    https://ilikenetworking.uk/the-team (https://ilikenetworking.uk/the-team)
    Twitter https://twitter.com/networking_i (@networking_i)
    Resources and recommendations
    Stephanie Sword - Williams https://www.instagram.com/stefaniesw/?hl=en (https://www.instagram.com/stefaniesw/?hl=en)
    Banseka Kayeme https://www.instagram.com/banseka/?hl=en-gb (https://www.instagram.com/banseka/?hl=en-gb)
    Hannah Van-de-Peer https://twitter.com/hgvandepeer?lang=en (@hgvandepeer)
    F*ck Being Humble https://www.instagram.com/fbeinghumbleldn/ (https://www.instagram.com/fbeinghumbleldn/)

    • 39 min
    Securing steady work

    Securing steady work

    Securing steady work, long term contracts or building up a relationship with an editor in order to get regular work can be a great security blanket for freelancers. In this episode we talk to Mel Stern, freelance journalist, editor, producer, and charity communications consultant and Tufayel Ahmed, a freelance journalist, editor and journalism lecturer about how to do this .
    The Guests
    Mel Stern
    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/melvstern (@melvstern)
    Website:https://melstern.wordpress.com/ (https://melstern.wordpress.com/)
    Tufayel Ahmed
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/tufayel (@tufayel)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tufayelahmed/ (@tufayelahmed)
    Website: https://www.tufayel.co/ (https://www.tufayel.co/)
    Resources and recommendations
    Opportunities for journalists to work in the charity sector:
    World Vision charity https://www.worldvision.org.uk/about/jobs/ (https://www.worldvision.org.uk/about/jobs/)
    Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/get-involved (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/get-involved)
    Work experience scheme at the BBC, including Newsnight: https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/work-experience (https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/work-experience)
    Big Issue The Breakthrough Programme https://www.bigissue.com/press-release/the-big-issue-launches-breakthrough-talent-and-training-programme-for-young-people/ (https://www.bigissue.com/press-release/the-big-issue-launches-breakthrough-talent-and-training-programme-for-young-people/)
    Example of Tufayel’s work on pro-wrestling for CNN
    https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/wrestling-art-photography-orange-crush/index.html (https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/wrestling-art-photography-orange-crush/index.html)
    June Bellebon and her articles at Gal-Dem
    https://gal-dem.com/author/jon-bellebono/ (https://gal-dem.com/author/jon-bellebono/)
    Aniefiok Ekpoudom, freelance journalist
    https://aniefiokekpoudom.com/ (https://aniefiokekpoudom.com/)
    Jason Okundaye, freelance writer
    https://twitter.com/jasebyjason
    https://www.instagram.com/blackandgaybackintheday/ (https://www.instagram.com/blackandgaybackintheday/)
    Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by https://www.cision.co.uk/ (Cision).

    • 37 min
    Blogging

    Blogging

    In this episode, we talk to two freelance journalists who also blog. We ask how blogging can service freelance journalists and how you can make it work for you.
    Andy Webb is a freelance journalist who runs the award winning blog ‘Be Clever with your Cash’ and Marisa Bate, who was shortlisted for the inaugural Freelance Writing Awards for her newsletter and blog ‘Writing about Women’ is a freelance journalist specialising in stories told through the female lens.
    The Guests
    Andy Webb
    Blog: https://becleverwithyourcash.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyclevercash?lang=en
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andyclevercash/
    Marisa Bate
    Blog and newsletter: https://www.writingaboutwomen.com/ (https://www.writingaboutwomen.com/)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/marisajbate
    Resources and recommendations
    Playing Big by Tara Mohr
    https://www.taramohr.com/the-playing-big-book/
    Freelance Writing Awards
    https://www.freelancewritingawards.com/ (https://www.freelancewritingawards.com/)
    Andy’s column in Metro
    https://metro.co.uk/author/andy-webb/ (https://metro.co.uk/author/andy-webb/)
    Andy’s column in Reader’s Digest
    https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/author/andy-webb (https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/author/andy-webb)
    ‘Cash Chats’ podcast
    https://becleverwithyourcash.com/podcast/ (https://becleverwithyourcash.com/podcast/)
    Andy’s Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2661970707423383/
    Andy’s YouTube channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_T7G3RjQe7ghD0ikr4reuw (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_T7G3RjQe7ghD0ikr4reuw)
    Louise Tickle, freelance journalist specialising in the family courts.
    https://louisetickle.co.uk/ (https://louisetickle.co.uk/)
    Hidden Homicides
    https://www.tortoisemedia.com/file/hidden-homicides/
    Jenni Hill, Can’t Swing a Cat blog
    https://cantswingacat.co.uk/ (https://cantswingacat.co.uk/)
    Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by https://www.cision.co.uk/ (Cision).

    • 40 min

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