How to make a living doing what you love?

How to make a living doing what you love?

It is the crucial question – and one of the things I get asked most by fellow freelance journalists. We’re asking ourselves this question for a good reason. We went into this profession because we love telling stories. We want to inform, uncover, inspire and maybe even contribute to positive change. But as the world(…)

From digital detox 2.0 to Perugia

From digital detox 2.0 to Perugia

Despite the fact that things looked quiet on here, I haven’t been sitting still at all. Most of the work has been happening over at the Constructive Journalism Project in the past few months. We’ve been touring the country delivering workshops at journalism schools from Scotland to North Wales and many places in between. I have also(…)

Crowdfunding journalism: Someone I met…

Crowdfunding journalism: Someone I met…

Crowdfunding journalism can pay off if you build a fan base. Half a year ago I embarked on a new writing project. It’s called Someone I met. Each month I write about ordinary or extraordinary encounters with people. It is always someone I met in real life and was inspired by. Over the last fourteen years(…)

New constructive journalism workshops for freelancers

New constructive journalism workshops for freelancers

Following a great start of the Constructive Journalism Project in 2014, we’re gearing up for the new year! For all of you who have inquired about new London workshop dates, we have just announced the next one: Friday 20 March 2015, 9.30am – 5pm We’re keeping numbers down to allow for plenty of one-to-one interaction, so(…)

New workshop launched: Introduction to Constructive Journalism

New workshop launched: Introduction to Constructive Journalism

Many of us went into journalism with a desire to help change the world. And yet, working in traditional media often leaves us feeling frustrated. The emerging field of constructive journalism offers hope – and a different picture. The lack of editorial interest in genuine solutions to the problems facing society makes it hard for(…)

You are your brand

You are your brand

What is the first thing you do when you get an email from someone you don’t know? You Google them. Just assume that many editors will do the same when you pitch to them for the first time. What is the impression they will get of you? Find out by Googling your own name in(…)

Follow up

Follow up

Sometimes, the people we meet as journalists make us feel humbled to do our jobs. Their stories stick in our minds, and we wonder what happened next… When I first met Mati two years ago, he told me his extraordinary life story. He grew up in an Afghan mountain village without electricity or other luxuries.(…)

Selling overseas

Selling overseas

In this sunny holiday season, thoughts of travelling and exploring life abroad are the perfect distraction for freelancers. But when it comes to branching out your business, many don’t dare to step into the unknown. And yet, it could be a great way to create additional income from your journalism. While it does help to have(…)

A story worth telling

A story worth telling

Thirteen years ago this summer I produced my first real, paid and published story. The other day I tried to work out how many articles I must have written since then. After adding up wild estimates like “1.5 year in this newsroom, 5 days per week, average 1 story per day” and “3 years contributing(…)

Digital detox

Digital detox

As you read this, I have gone into hiding. Really. Try to ring me: you won’t get an answer. Try to email me: you’ll get an out-of-office without a promise that I’ll check for urgent messages once a day. Try to reach me on social media: you won’t get a tweet out of me and(…)

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