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Freelance Forum, autumn 2019, Dublin.


Monday 21 October 2019

Registration 10.00

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Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2


For 10 years, the forum format has been organised into several sessions each covering a different topic. While we will still use that format in the future, this autumn we thought we’d try something new, a one-day course, The freelancer's guide to success and profit.

Whether you are a new or recent convert to the freelance life, or an old hand who wants to brush up their skills, this course is for you. It will provide you with practical advice on the business side of working as a freelance journalist.

Learn what you need to do to get from your first freelance commission to your first payment, along with the first things you need to know about planning, money, copyright and licensing. You will practise different ways to pitch ideas, negotiating on price and producing a good quote (of the financial kind).

The course also includes advice on taking care of your health, setting up an office, IT, marketing – and ideas on how to develop your freelance business. Those attending be prepared to take part in workshop-style exercises and to talk about money. You should also bring pen and paper.

Your Tutor
SA Mathieson has worked as a freelance journalist full-time for more than 10 years and has commissioned freelancers as an editor at the Guardian and elsewhere. His current freelance work includes journalism for clients including The Register, The Guardian and; editing a magazine and writing reports for Socitm, a membership organisation for public-sector IT managers; and corporate work. He has delivered training on data journalism for the NUJ, corporate clients and universities, including a term-long course as part of the Masters programme at Birkbeck, University of London. Today's training is based on two courses he runs regularly for the NUJ in London, First steps in freelancing and Winning and Negotiating freelance work.
Comments from participants on NUJ freelance training courses: "Thank you for sharing your insight and extremely valuable advice – it really helped in turning a corner after a long period languishing from old freelance wounds." and "Your course has giving me a boost and made me value myself more
as a professional journalist."

Please note that the nature of this course means places are limited to half the usual number, so book early.


Or send your registration fee to: Helen Taylor, NUJ, Second Floor, Spencer House, Spencer Row, off Talbot Street, Dublin 1. Mark envelope Freelance Forum.


€10 (tax-deductible) to NUJ members

Further details and contact information

Gerard Cunningham
Telephone: 086-6073060

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