THE NUJ'S "Boost your income and
maximise your professional profile"
event held in London in January was
attended by over 100 journalists, including
some who had recently been
laid off from staff positions and were
making the move into freelance journalism.
The feedback from attendees
was that it was a great success.
Mark Whitehead advises freelances on wearing both journalist and PR hats
Photographer and NUJ Freelance
Industrial Council Chair Nick Mc-Gowan-Lowe repeated again some
of the most important things a freelances
needs to constantly remind
themselves about: "Ask for more,"
and "Get it in writing, always".
LFB member and NUJ Vice-President
Tim Dawson gave advice on
how journalists can make money
from ebooks (see here), "how to
be interesting but not too interesting
on Twitter", what to do if a commissioning
editor nicks your story,
and what to do when asked to work
for nothing. Tim's answer to the last
one is: "Never to do it."
Janet Awe, who curates LFB's own
Twitter feed @NUJ_LFB, shared
with freelances practically all they'll
need to know on maximising your
website and social media profile.
(Janet helped LFB into the Twittersphere
back in 2012: see www.londonfreelance.org/fl/1204twit.html).
Mark Whitehead (pictured above) told
journalists about the tricky subject
of how to wear both journalist and
PR hats, and attendant ethical issues.
There's an excellent write-up of the event at www.nuj.org.uk/news/get-it-in-writingand-always-ask-for-more
- There are an awful lot of NUJ national
events like this one coming up,
some arranged not too long in advance
- so do make sure you're on
the NUJ mailing list for these. (Check
with email@example.com if
you're not getting messages). If you
take time to read the many emails
that come into your inbox from "National
Union of Journalists", you may
find details of some really excellent
meetings of this type buried deep
among other material.
- See also the NUJ events calendar
for courses courses, and NUJ Campaigns & Communications Officer Frances Rafferty advises checking the @NUJofficial Twitter feed, which advises of such upcoming professional development events.