Going Solo: Essential tools and skills for freelance journalists

Talk Tuesday 6th April, 2010

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With more journalists finding themselves without jobs in the last 12 months than at perhaps any point in the trade’s history, an increasing number of reporters, editors, designers and filmmakers are forging careers as freelances, many of them diversifying and learning new skills along the way.

But what are the key skills they need? What technology and new media knowledge do print journalists making the transition to online need to take with them? And what legal and financial hurdles should freelances look out for?

Our panel of experts will discuss this and more at a Frontline Club event tailored especially for freelances. Freelance multimedia journalist and trainer Adam Westbrook will be on hand talk about solo video journalism tools; freelance journalist Anne Wollenberg will talk about the realities and practicalities of being a wordsmith for hire; multimedia journalist and Mexicoreporter.com founder Deborah Bonello will talk about how to set up a journalistic website and John Brazier, head of freelance members’ body PCG, will outline the risks journalists face when going solo.

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