Joanna Geary started out as a print journalist in 2004 – as a business reporter on the Birmingham Post – and ended up in charge of Twitter’s Curation team in 2017. That’s a job and a company that didn’t exist when she started her career.
From blogging in Birmingham and using Facebook to find people on the scene of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, to setting up Hacks/Hackers in London, via The Times‘ paywall and The Guardian‘s social strategy, Joanna tells me how her career has been shaped by working at the intersection of news and digital.
Continue reading “EPISODE 24 – WHEN NEWS MET THE INTERNET, WITH TWITTER’S DIRECTOR OF CURATION, PART ONE”
Every freelancer I’ve interviewed for this podcast – or just met in the past 11.5 months of freelancing – has worn multiple work hats. It’s just the way of things, as freelance consumer journalism is very unlikely to pay the bills to live in a major western city in 2019 AD.
Talk to freelancers making decent money from content marketing, and they’ll most likely mention Contently. Founded in 2011, the platform works with brands to find them storytellers.
Continue reading “Episode 23: What journalists should know about content marketing, with Contently’s Deanna Cioppa”
If you’re a keen podcast listener, you might recognise Caroline‘s name from the Hot Pod newsletter, or, since yesterday, from The Browser‘s daily inbox offering.
Podcasts and newsletters have a lot in common: each one develops its own voice and character, and gets delivered into its audience’s private spaces: ears and email inbox. Caroline and I discuss how both are a good substitute for having your own column.
Continue reading “Episode 22: Podcasts and newsletters go together, with Caroline Crampton”
Freelance Pod was featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Podcast Radio Hour! Host Amanda Litherland and guest Renay Richardson listened to a clip from the third episode of the podcast, Music sounds better with you, feat. BBC 6 Music producer Shola Aleje. They went on to discuss Shola’s advice on making a podcast, freelancing and self-care.
Find the whole show on BBC Sounds here.
Continue reading “Episode 21: Freelance Pod on BBC Radio 4’s Podcast Radio Hour”
Two years ago, audio producer Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job at Marketplace, a radio programme made by American Public Media.
He had refused to take down a blogpost he had written in response to Donald Trump’s recent inauguration, Objectivity is dead, and I’m okay with it. As a member of a marginalised group – Lewis is trans – he delves into the myth of ‘journalistic objectivity’, which is central to American journalism.
Continue reading “Episode 20: Less journalistic objectivity, more activism, with Lewis Raven Wallace”
This episode’s guest is writer, coach and podcaster Rebecca L. Weber.
Born and raised in Boston, Rebecca takes us along on her journey from the US to South Africa, and from teaching to journalism to teaching writers to build freelance businesses, and coaching those new to writing on their way to becoming freelancers.
Continue reading “Episode 19: Always Be Learning, with The Writing Coach Podcast’s Rebecca L. Weber”
Special extra episode out now! Thanks to all these great women for giving your time, expertise and best anecdotes to the podcast… scroll below the collage to find out more about them.
Continue reading “Episode 17: International Women’s Day 2019 compilation”
Freelance journalist, author and campaigner Anna Codrea-Rado is this episode’s guest. I was lucky to meet Anna (Twitter: @annacod) at a journalism event about a week or so after my redundancy last May, because she is so positive, but also practical, about making a freelance career work.
At the time, I was just about keeping the feelings of panic repressed, while I tried to learn what freelancing is all about… [still learning, btw]
Continue reading “Episode 16: Anna Codrea-Rado’s Fair Pay For Freelancers open letter”
Isabelle Roughol is senior editor-at-large at LinkedIn. She joined the company in 2012 and built a global news team working in seven languages across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Continue reading “Episode 15: You own the narrative of your career, with LinkedIn’s Isabelle Roughol”