OwlTail

Cover image of Freelancing for Journalists

Freelancing for Journalists

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.Edited by Richard Wilson.Contact us via email freelancingforjournalists@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. 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/freelancingforjournalistsSubscribe 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/0367135558You 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/freelancingforjournalistsWe also offer a range of bespoke training packages under the Freelancing for Journalists brand. Email us for details.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

Warning: This podcast data isn't working.

This means that the episode rankings aren't working properly. Please revisit us at a later time to get the best episodes of this podcast!

Podcast cover

Collaborative journalism

In this episode we speak to two journalists about collaborative journalism.  Tina Lee, head of the ambassador network at Hostwriter, and Suchit Chavez, an investigative reporter based in El Salvador, discuss the pros, cons and practicalities of working in collaborative with other freelance journalists.The guestsTina LeeTwitter @tinaleeinberlinSuchit ChavezTwitter @suchitchavezResources Freelance Journalism Assembly https://journalismassembly.com/Freelance Journalism Assembly free summer conference https://journalismassembly.com/conference/ Lily’s freedom of information story with Ethan Davies https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-postcode-lottery-of-business-support-grants-084924816.html Suchit’s digital tools list https://ijnet.org/en/story/10-google-tools-investigative-reporters-can-use-find-information Hostwriter https://hostwriter.org Unbias The News https://unbiasthenews.org International Center for Journalists https://www.icfj.org International Consortium of Investigative Journalists https://www.icij.org Connectas https://www.connectas.org The Arena Housing Project https://journalismarena.eu/the-networks/the-arena-housing-project/ 

54mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #1

Podcast cover

Gender and identity

In this episode we look into reporting on gender and identity.Rachael Davies, a freelance journalist who has written extensively on these issues, talks about how everyone should be learning to write without gender or identity based assumptions.And Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media, a story-telling platform highlighting trans voices across the US, discusses how curiosity and learning can help you tell more accurate gender based stories. The GuestsRachael Davies https://rachdaviesetc.com/Twitter @rachdaviesetcInstagram @rachdaviesetcImara Jones https://imarajones.com/Twitter: @imarajonesInsta: @imara_jones_ResourcesFreelance Journalism Assembly - A freelancer's guide on gender and identity https://journalismassembly.com/resources/a-freelancers-guide-on-gender-and-identityIndependent Newsletter Awards Twitter: @IndieNLAwardsTransLash Media https://translash.org/TransLash newsletter https://translash.org/connect/Imara in Time magazine https://time.com/5880964/imara-jones-black-trans-women/TransLash podcast https://translash.org/podcast/Get me Giddy https://getmegiddy.com/Disclosure documentary https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81284247Trans in Trumpland https://www.transintrumpland.com/Condé Naste LGBTQ reporting https://www.condenast.com/brands/themTrans Journalist Association https://transjournalists.orgGuides to reporting on gender and identityReporting on LGBTQ stories from Journalism.co.uk https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/a-guide-to-reporting-on-lgbtq-stories/s2/a740869/Trans Journalist Association https://transjournalists.org/style-guideLGBTQI+ communities, a reporters’ guide from the European Journalism Centre https://ejc.net/uploads/downloads/EJC_LGBTQI_communities_a_reporters_guide.pdf

49mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #2

Similar Podcasts

Podcast cover

Reporting Migration

In this episode, we speak to two experts about reporting migration, a topic that raises a number of ethical issues for journalists to confront. Caitlin Chandler, a journalist covering migration, security and human rights and Georg Gassauer, a migration researcher and journalist based in Austria, discuss how we can do better when telling the stories of migration. The GuestsCaitlin Chandler http://www.caitlinlchandler.comTwitter @CaitLChandlerGeorg Gassauer Twitter @GGassauerLinkedIn @georggassauer ResourcesFreelance Journalism Assembly https://journalismassembly.com/Freelance Journalism Assembly free summer conference https://journalismassembly.com/conference/ UN World Migration Report 2020 https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/wmr_2020.pdfInternational Organisation for Migration https://www.iom.int Global Journalism Investigative Network migration reporting guides https://gijn.org/migration-reporting-sources-guidelines-contests/Ethical Journalism Network migration reporting guide https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/ethical-guidelines-on-migration-reportingExamples of Caitlin’s reporting on migrationhttps://www.thenation.com/article/archive/refugees-to-europe-do-better-than-this/https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/6-years-8-countries-an-eritrean-couples-harrowing-search-for-safety/https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/special-report/2018/01/30/inside-eu-s-flawed-200-million-migration-deal-sudan https://www.cjr.org/special_report/heiko-jessen-germany-me-too.php https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/10/sci-fi-surveillance-europes-secretive-push-into-biometric-technologyhttps://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/01/28/rome-where-migrants-face-eviction-while-fascists-find-a-home/Georg’s reporting on migrationhttps://www.potemkinharmattan.com/post/the-financial-dilemma-of-ingos-in-syriaTrain of Hope https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.trainofhope.at/_www_/&prev=search&pto=aueHostile Environment Training and safety courses https://dartcenter.org/events/2016/10/reporting-safely-crisis-zones-coursehttps://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-resources/safety-and-risk-assessment/taking-safety-training/Grants and funding for journalists reporting on migration https://www.newamerica.org/international-reporting-project/https://www.investigativejournalismforeu.net https://www.iwmf.org/programs/fund-for-women-journalists/ Sources of info and data for reporting on migration   https://dtm.iom.inthttps://mirekoc.ku.edu.tr/about-us/about/ https://www.msf.org 

1hr 1min

26 May 2021

Rank #3

Podcast cover

Solutions Journalism

In the first episode of series five, we speak to two freelance journalists about solutions journalism, the part of journalism which seeks to offer responses to challenges in society rather than simply reporting the problem.  Julia Hotz, community manager at the Solutions Journalism Network, and Laura Oliver who recently reported on the rise of solutions journalism, discuss how solutions journalism can be incorporated into everyday reporting.The GuestsJulia Hotz https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/who-we-are/teamTwitter @hotzthoughts Laura Oliver  https://lauraoliverfreelance.com/Twitter @LauraOliverResources:Freelance Journalism Assembly https://journalismassembly.com/Freelance Journalism Assembly free summer conference https://journalismassembly.com/conference/The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/232324/the-elements-of-journalism-revised-and-updated-3rd-edition-by-bill-kovach-and-tom-rosenstiel/Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/Training and webinars from SJN https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/hub/get-trainedSJN Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/solutionsjournalismhub/Laura’s Reuters report on media and journalism trends in the global southhttps://lauraoliverfreelance.com/2021/01/01/reporter-reuters-institute-for-the-study-of-journalism/Examples of Jules’s reporting on loneliness and solutions journalismhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/well/mind/feeling-lonely-perhaps-youd-like-to-talk-to-some-strangers.htmlhttps://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/dirt/2019/02/25/the-new-art-of-making-friends-and-finding-communityhttps://muckrack.com/julia-hotz/articlesReuters report (2019) showing high news avoidance in the UK due to perceived negativity https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2019-06/DNR_2019_FINAL_0.pdfLaura reporting on solutions journalism outside the global north for Reuters https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/risj-review/what-solutions-journalism-can-bring-news-media-global-southInkline, an international media platform focused on solutions journalism https://the-inkline.com/European Journalism Centre https://www.ejc.net/

46mins

19 May 2021

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

A dualcast special with Northern Natter

We finished off the series with a dualcast special with Northern Natter. We were quizzed by Katie Baggott and Katie Williams about getting your finances sorted when starting your freelance journey.The FFJ intro was edited by Anthony Coote and the main episode was edited by Northern Natter.ResourcesNorthern Natter @NorthernNatterhttps://anchor.fm/northernnatterhttps://northernnatter.substack.com/HMRC self-assessment guidancehttps://www.gov.uk/self-assessment-tax-returnsCreative Money newsletterhttps://creativemoney.substack.com/

30mins

14 Apr 2021

Rank #5

Podcast cover

Demystifying TikTok

In this episode we speak to two experts about how best to use TikTok and why journalists need to know about it. Dr Gavin Allen, digital journalism lecturer at the University of Cardiff, talks about why being an early adopter of new apps can be valuable for employability. And Neve Gordon-Farleigh, TikTok producer for JournoResources, discusses how to get the most out of the app and what kind of things to post as a journalist. The GuestsNeve Gordon-FarleighTwitter @Neve_GFInstagram  @neve.gfPodcast https://anchor.fm/uncanventional TikTok @nevethejournalist   Gavin Allen Twitter @GavinallenWebsite https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/1422775-allen-gavinResourcesTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/JournoResources TikTok channel @journoresources‘Should journalism schools teach TikTok?’ by Gavin Allenhttps://medium.com/the-scrum/should-journalism-schools-teach-tiktok-despite-newsroom-indifference-7b168e156914 Gavin’s student, Ffion Clarke using TikTok to bag a jobhttps://twitter.com/ffion_clarke/status/1301843144129077249Journalists mentioned using TikTok:   @abbiedewhurst Weather presenter for the BBC@Marcella Whittingale BBC Brighton newsreader/ journalist Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.

45mins

7 Apr 2021

Rank #6

Podcast cover

Mentoring

In this episode we speak to two young freelance journalists about the value of finding a mentor.Jessica Morris, who is studying for her NCTJ Diploma and MA in Journalism, talks about how having a great mentor has advanced her career. Asyia Iftikhar, founder of the Young Journalist Community, discusses how to build a great relationship with your mentor.  The GuestsJessica Morris @_Jess_Morris jessmorrisportfolio.com Asyia Iftikhar @asyiaiftikharResourcesFreelancing for Journalists Journalism Work Experience Initiativehttps://www.tickettailor.com/events/freelancingforjournalists/476449/Young Journalist Community Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/330881737884535/Young Journalist Community mentor scheme https://www.facebook.com/groups/330881737884535/mentorship_applicationNCTJ diversity fund JDF https://www.nctj.com/Journalism-Diversity-FundThe Freelance Parent newsletterhttp://cathufton.com/the-freelance-parent/And Jess’s guest newsletter for The Freelance Parenthttps://cathufton.substack.com/p/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-student-parentWomen in Journalism mentor scheme for women who have been in the industry for 2-5yrs https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring/John Schofield mentoring for early career journalists https://johnschofieldtrust.org.uk/face-to-face-mentoring-for-early-career-journalists/Journo Resources information about a range of mentoring schemeshttps://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/The Second Source mentorship scheme http://www.thesecondsource.co.uk/the-second-source-mentorship-scheme/The University of Sheffield mentor schemehttps://www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/new/student/explore/mentorFreelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.

40mins

31 Mar 2021

Rank #7

Podcast cover

Training and qualifications

In this episode we speak to two freelance journalists, one who has no formal journalism training and the other who studied on an NCTJ accredited degree.Anna Turns, a freelance environmental journalist, talks to us about her self-taught route into journalism and how each turn of her career informed her storytelling.  Chandni Sembhi, a freelance digital journalist, who runs So you want to be a journalist? Instagram account, discusses how her university course gave her confidence to start out in journalism. The GuestsChandni SembhiInstagram: @soyouwanttobeajournalistTwitter: @chandnisembhiAnna Turns Twitter: @AnnaTurnsWebsite: https://www.environmentaljournalist.co.uk/ResourcesMark Grist podcast http://www.markgrist.com/markcantrapLily Canter research examining the value of accredited journalism courses:https://journalism-education.org/2015/08/chasing-the-accreditation-dream/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ulXwfU58Hkhttps://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/new-study-raises-questions-about-value-of-accredited-journalism-courses/https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/regional-press-no-longer-established-pathway-into-journalism-says-academic/National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited courses https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalism/Accreditedcourses/course-searchNCTJ qualifications (incl. diploma and national qualification in journalism)https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/diploma-in-journalismMasters in print journalismhttps://www.findamasters.com/masters-degrees/united-kingdom/print-media/?70MhoIM400The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BTJC) accredited courseshttps://bjtc.org.uk/studentsProfessional Publishers Association (PPA) https://www.ppa.co.uk/News associates course https://newsassociates.co.uk/Freelancing for Journalists training course https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/how-to-become-a-successful-freelance-journalist/s43/a750959/National Union of Journalists (NUJ)  training courses https://www.nuj.org.uk/learn/nuj-training.htmlGuild of food writers http://www.gfw.co.uk/Women in Journalism training https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/events/upcoming-events/International Women’s Day Webinar with Terri White and Jane Garveyhttps://ajeuk.org/aje-celebrates-international-womens-day-2021/Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.https://www.responsesource.com/

45mins

24 Mar 2021

Rank #8

Podcast cover

Trolling and online abuse

We speak to two freelance journalists about how to handle and navigate negative feedback, criticism and online abuse. Jess Evans, fashion journalist, lecturer and founder of the Freelance Sessions talks about how to deal with negativity whilst JR Moores discusses how a band review sparked a Twitter spat with unexpected consequences.Please note this was recorded on March 2nd 2021.The guestsJessica Hope Evans @jesshopeevansInstagram @thefreelancesessionsWebsite https://freelancemasterclass.wixsite.com/websiteJR Moores @spinal_bapWebsite https://jrmoores.contently.com/New book Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music from 1968 to the Present, published by Reaktion Books, September 2021 http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/ResourcesLily’s experience of below the line comments on Hold the Front Pagehttps://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2014/news/weeklies-cutting-corners-in-rush-to-publish-on-web/ JR’s review that ended up on a T-shirt https://thequietus.com/articles/28899-idles-ultra-mono-reviewDan Lucas’s review on Drowned in Sound https://drownedinsound.com/releases/17684/reviews/4146495Recent survey for The International Centre for Journalists documenting online attacks on women information https://www.icfj.org/news/online-attacks-women-journalists-leading-real-world-violence-new-research-shows and report https://www.icfj.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/UNESCO%20Online%20Violence%20Against%20Women%20Journalists%20-%20A%20Global%20Snapshot%20Dec9pm.pdfCourtney Tenz presentation on online harassment at Berlin Media Convention 2019 https://courtneytenz.com/2019/06/17/for-your-viewing-pleasure-my-speech-on-online-harassment-from-the-media-convention-berlin-2019-dick-pics-death-threats/Nadine White, HuffPost reporter attacked by Government minister after asking questions about the Covid-19 vaccination campaign https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/kemi-badenoch-nadine-white-press-freedom_uk_601853ccc5b622df90f5df60Jen Williams Manchester Evening News journalist targeted by the government on Twitter after reporting on defunding of homelessness project https://www.wired.co.uk/article/government-targeting-journalists-on-twitterYorkshire Post editors support journalist in the face of government attack over story https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2021/news/editor-hits-back-as-ministers-and-mps-attack-daily-over-accurate-story/Places where you can get support in you are experiencing online abuse as a freelancer: https://www.nuj.org.uk/about-us.htmlhttps://www.journalism.co.uk/news/app-for-journalist-jsafe-for-reporting-online-abuse/s2/a762437/https://newsrooms-ontheline.ipi.media/freelance-journalist/Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.Response Source https://www.responsesource.com/ and their journalistic enquiry service is at https://journalistenquiries.responsesource.com/send/PR & Journo Requests on Twitter @PRJOurnoRequest use #JournoRequest or #PRRequest

53mins

17 Mar 2021

Rank #9

Podcast cover

Should you work for free?

In the second episode of series 4 we speak to a consumer culture scholar from the Victoria University of Wellington, and the founder and editor of The Indiependent about whether you should ever work for free. Dr Kathleen Kuehn, senior lecturer in media studies, talks us through the prevalence of  ‘hope-labour’ and Beth Kirkbride, a freelance journalist, and editor at The Indiependent, discusses how the nuances of working for free need to be explored. The GuestsDr Kathleen Kuehn https://kmkuehn.com/Katheleen’s book The Post-Snowden Era- Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/the-post-snowden-era Twitter:@kathleenkr Bethany Kirkbride, Freelance journalist and Founder and editor of The Indiependent https://bethkirkbride.com/Twitter: @BettyKirkers and @indie_pendentResourcesAcademics Anonymous, The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/series/academics-anonymousThe Indiependent https://www.indiependent.co.uk/The Indiependent - writer of the month https://www.indiependent.co.uk/?s=writer+of+the+monthPress pad https://presspad.co.uk/JournoResources https://www.journoresources.org.uk/Journalism co.uk podcast: Robyn Vinter, founder of The Overtake, on closing down the publication https://www.journalism.co.uk/podcast/robyn-vinter-founder-of-the-overtake-on-closing-down-the-website/s399/a795339/Article by Lily in The Overtake: Baking a differencehttps://www.lilycanter.co.uk/lifestyle/the-overtake-baking-a-difference/Information on rates of pay https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/ and https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-salaries-how-much-journalists-paid/NUJ freelance fees guide http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.phpNUJ rates for the job http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/index.phpFreelancing for Journalists is sponsored by the ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.

44mins

10 Mar 2021

Rank #10