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Discussing money with prospective or current employers is not something that comes easy to many journalists, and it can be especially difficult for freelancers, who do not have the security of a permanent job and usually have to negotiate a rate for each assignment.

In this article from IJNet, Clothilde Goujard, freelance journalist and IJNet contributor, refers to five negotiating tips from veteran journalist Alison Motluk, who has written for outlets such as The Economist and the Globe and Mail.

She advises examining kill fees, payment details and indemnification clauses carefully, as they are what you rely on for complaints, salary and publishing issues. Motluk also recommends keeping a copy of your emails and communications in case any issues or disagreements arise between you and your editor.

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