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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 gui ...
 
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In this episode we discuss the challenges of working as a freelance journalist whilst living with a disability. We talk candidly to freelance writer Lydia Wilkins, who is on the autistic spectrum, and sports broadcaster Gemma Stevenson, who was diagnosed with dystonia following a car accident. Our guests talk passionately about tackling prejudice, …
 
In this episode we discuss fighting for fair pay as a freelancer and how to build confidence in order to effectively challenge commissioning editors. We speak to freelance advocate Anna Codrea-Rado who launched the #FairPayForFreelancers campaign last year and award-winning journalist Chris Wheal who took the Guardian to the small claims court. The…
 
In this episode we discuss how to work internationally as a freelance journalist. We talk about working in the UK for overseas publications and moving abroad to freelance. Investigative journalist Jessica Bateman tells us about living and working in Greece and Germany, whilst financial expert Pete Carvill explains how he ended up living in Berlin w…
 
In this episode we discuss how to look after your mental health and well being whilst working as a freelance journalist. We talk candidly to Jenny Stallard of newsletter and podcast Freelance Feels and gaming journalist Jake Tucker. Jenny opens up about working through periods of low self-esteem and Jake talks us through his struggles with Asperger…
 
In this episode we celebrate the launch of our first book Freelancing for Journalists. We talk to freelance journalists and published authors Michelle Rawlins and Frank Shennan about getting your first non-fiction book published and navigating the world of agents, ghost writing and self-publishing. Michelle has recently released Women of Steel whic…
 
In this episode we speak to LinkedIn experts James Upsher and Linda Aitchison about how freelance journalists can make the most of this professional networking platform. We discuss building brand reputation, promoting your work and finding case studies on LinkedIn, a platform that often mystifies hosts Lily and Emma. If you would like to support th…
 
In our pilot episode we speak to Sheffield Hallam University lecturers and freelance journalists David Clarke and Clare Jenkins about what happens when you become the story. David Clarke is an expert in folklore and supernatural phenomena whilst Clare Jenkins is an experienced BBC radio broadcaster focusing on human interest stories. We discuss the…
 
In this episode we speak to radio documentary maker Perminder Khatkar and journalist-copywriter-cooking teacher Javaria Akbar about branding and supplementary income streams. We discuss how to identify as a brand and the importance of social media, websites and email signatures. We also talk about alternative income streams and how to reach out to …
 
In this episode we discuss the emotive subject of finances and getting paid. Showbiz reporter Ed Dyson and sex and relationships writer Charlotte Grainger share their advice on how to organise invoices, chase late payments and whether it's necessary to get an accountant. We also discuss the controversial topics of payment on publication, working fo…
 
In this episode we discuss how to make great contacts and the best online and offline places for networking. Broadcast journalist Adam Hancock and technology writer Umar Hassan share their advice on using social media platforms and attending events to build up a pool of regular commissions. The Guests Adam Hancock: linkedin.com/in/adam-hancock-0b43…
 
In our second episode we discuss how to write the perfect pitch and track down the correct commissioning editor to send it to. We hear from experienced real life journalist Jill Foster and fintech writer Tom Rodgers who share some of their pitching tricks. *Please note this episode was recorded via Zoom during the COVID-19 lock down which may affec…
 
In our launch episode we speak to travel writer David Whitley and film journalist Tasha Jagger about where to the find the freelance work. We discuss the importance of working for a range of media outlets, how to branch out beyond traditional media and the unexpected places where journalism work can be found. The Hosts Lily Canter: https://www.lily…
 
Freelance journalists have experienced many challenges over the past six weeks during the UK coronavirus lock down. In this episode we take stock of the positive ways in which freelancers have adapted to their new working life. We talk to Punteha Van Terheyden, who recently launched digital platform Lacuna Voices, and music journalist John Earls ab…
 
In our second coronavirus special we see how freelance journalists are coping two weeks into UK lock down. The episode features parenting and career specialist Georgina Fuller, and, charity and Fantasy Football journalist Joe Lepper. They talk us through working at home whilst homeschooling, understanding the government's self-employment financial …
 
In this special episode freelance journalists Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson examine how coronavrius is impacting the world of self-employed journalism. We discuss revenue streams, diversification and making the most of a difficult situation. Special guests include running specialist Kate Carter and personal finance journalist Faith Archer. Episode…
 
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