Make Journalism Pay

LONDON FREELANCE Branch is hosting a conference on New Ways to Make Journalism Pay - Part Two later this year. The date is now confirmed - it's Saturday 17 November 2012 and we also have a confirmed venue - it's the London Welsh Centre/Canolfan Cymry Llundain, 157-163 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X 8UE. (Nearest Tube is King's Cross, and it's just down the road from the NUJ headquarters.) And media columnist Professor Roy Greenslade has apparently already given the event a plug in his blog.

The programme is still being put together: possible themes for sessions include panels on pursuing freelancing through social media, smartphone apps, collective endeavours, working in slow times, diversifying outside the sort of journalsim we would usually do, going into consultancy, PR work for local "SMEs" (small and medium-sized enterprises) and working for overseas clients, especially in those lucrative emerging markets such as Indian and Brazil.

Ways to make journalism pay, 2010; © Tony Rizzo

Participants in the 2010 New Ways to Make Journalism Pay event

The November conference is inspired by the well-received event held by LFB in in January 2010 - which was so successful that we had a full house and had to turn people away: see www.londonfreelance.org/fl/1002ways.html for a full report.

Since then, journalism has continued to change and evolve - and things have remained very difficult.

We hope soon also to run a report on the NUJ Brussels Branch version of New Ways to Make Journalism Pay, held in that city in June, which featured speakers with successful online media start-ups in the Continent of Europe, and we've heard that a similar event is being planned by NUJ activists for Paris.

See also the http://newmodeljournalism.com blog which is run by two NUJ freelances prominent in the original NWTMJP 2010 gig. The blog now actually makes some money from advertising.

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