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How to launch your career or find new ways to make money in journalism


Wednesday 16 March 2016

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John Moore University, 70 Mount Pleasant, Redmonds Building of Liverpool John Moores University, Lecture room 2 (RBLT2) on the Lower Ground floor.Liverpool L3 5UA


This event is for everyone from student to seasoned journalist.

It provides very practical advice to help you:

  • pitch your ideas and get paid properly,
  • become a successful freelance journalist,
  • find new income revenue streams for journalism, including creating your own eBooks
  • use networks such as the NUJ to get work,
  • add doing PR work to your journalism portfolio.

Chair: Professor Chris Frost, former head of journalism at JMU and chair of the NUJ's ethics council


Louise Bolotin is a journalist with more than 35 years’ experience and has been freelance since 2005. She has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, worked in BBC local radio and was co-founder of hyperlocal news website Inside the M60 in Manchester. She runs the NUJ's successful Pitch & Deal and Getting Started as a Freelance courses, which teach how to pitch for work and get paid properly.

Nick McGowan-Lowe is a Scotland-based editorial and commercial photographer specialising in corporate photography. He began his career freelancing for The Scotsman newspaper, and with others fought a four-year NUJ-backed campaign against the newspaper’s rights-grabbing contract. As well as being a full time photographer, Nick is a former director of EPUK, and until 2014 was on the board of the British Photographic Council. He is chair of the NUJ’s Freelance Industrial Council.

Tim Dawson is the NUJ's vice-president and author of Make eBooks Pay and New Ways to Make Money in Journalism. He wrote for the Sunday Times for 20 years and edits

Mark Whitehead runs his own PR operation following a career in local and national newspaper and magazine journalism on titles including the Times Educational Supplement, Guardian and People Management. PR clients range from specialist consultancies to global corporations. Initially trained as a teacher, he likes to run lively and practical training sessions so that you go away with information and skills to put into action straight away.

Please let the NUJ know you are interested in attending at (putting Liverpool conference in the subject field) and book your ticket on Eventbrite.

There will be opportunities to network -- food and drink included.

Further details and contact information

Frances Rafferty

Tags: , professional training, freelance, young members, social media, eBooks, pitch and deal