EPISODE 24 – WHEN NEWS MET THE INTERNET, WITH TWITTER’S DIRECTOR OF CURATION, PART ONE

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.

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Episode 23: What journalists should know about content marketing, with Contently’s Deanna Cioppa

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.

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Episode 22: Podcasts and newsletters go together, with Caroline Crampton

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.

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Episode 21: Freelance Pod on BBC Radio 4’s Podcast Radio Hour

Bonus mini-episode!

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.

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Episode 20: Less journalistic objectivity, more activism, with Lewis Raven Wallace

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.

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Episode 19: Always Be Learning, with The Writing Coach Podcast’s Rebecca L. Weber

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.

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Episode 18: How social media changes the world

This episode’s guest is ex-BBC journalist turned social media trainer and content strategist Sue Llewellyn of Ultra Social!

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The next episode is nearly ready, and it's ex-@bbc journalist turned #socialmedia trainer and content strategist, @suellewellyn of @ultrasocial! . She takes us on a whirlwind tour of how #socialmedia has changed work, and the world! Covering everything from – training the England football team to use social, to – making risky red carpet broadcast decisions, to – how badly older women are treated by the media, to – plugging in a landline to sit alongside her typewriter in the analogue days, Sue's tales from her career are hilarious, and also completely on theme for the #podcast – she's personally seen how the internet has totally transformed #journalism. Link in bio 👆👆👆

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