freelancing for journalists

Working as a freelance journalist is not just about generating great story ideas and writing the perfect pitch. Successful freelancers also have to be able to work independently, manage their finances, understand their legal rights and know how to brand themselves.

It can be a lonely and bewildering world for those taking the leap from employment to self-employment but the lifestyle rewards outstrip the financial risks if you set off from a strong starting point.

Course description

This course will prepare delegates for the competitive freelance environment in the fields of digital, print and broadcast journalism.

Instructor Lily Canter, co-author of Routledge textbooks Freelancing for Journalists (2020) and Digital Journalism: The Key Concepts (2019), will draw on her experience as a money, health and lifestyle journalist working for a broad spectrum of international, national and regional websites, newspapers and magazines.

Delegates will learn:

  • What it takes to be a freelance journalist
  • How to cope with stress and uncertainty
  • Where to find freelance work
  • How to set up and brand yourself
  • Where the best networking opportunities are
  • Who to pitch to and how to do it successfully
  • How to get paid and keep on top of your finances
  • What your rights are as a freelance journalist

The course will emphasise practical hands-on learning and will be adaptable to the background and requirements of delegates.

Getting there

This course will be held at The Bridge, 73-81 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ.

About Lily Canter

Lily Canter, who is also a senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, has a diverse portfolio of news, features and comment pieces published in The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, Metro, South China Morning Post, Moneywise, Vegan Living, The Overtake, loveMONEY and This is Money.