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Paris freelance seminar, October 2016


Saturday 15 October 2016

14.00 - 19.00

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Maison des Métallos, Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris



Freelancing has never been an easy way to make a living and do good journalism, but in recent years it has become increasingly challenging.

Since the AAPA and NUJ held their last joint seminar on the freelance life, a dozen years ago, the landscape has changed radically. Many traditional print outlets have either shut down or shifted mainly or entirely to online postings, bringing both security and freelance fees down with them.

To help its members (and non-members) grapple with these challenges, the two major Anglophone journalism groups in Paris have put together an exciting afternoon of expert panels. They will range from the practical - including how to negotiate the tangled French rules that govern freelance businesses, how to find work, and how to get paid fairly - to loftier topics including how to maximize job satisfaction and fulfill at least some of the dreams that led many of us to become journalists in the first place.

The panels will be followed by drinks and snacks and a chance to engage in informal networking.


2.00pm-3.30pm: Round-table on the Business of Freelancing in France

MODERATOR : Alison Culliford, Paris-based freelancer

Employment status, independent taxation in French system:

  •     Sarah Vedrenne,  French accountant experienced in expat issues
  •     Syndicat National des Journalistes (SNJ autonome) official
  •     Speaker from SMart

3.30pm-3.45pm Break
3.45pm-5.00pm: Round-table on the Changing Face of Journalism

MODERATOR: Chris Myant, NUJ Paris Branch chair

Print, shiftwork, audiovisual, photography, blogging, multi-media, social media, translating, editing and other work journalists do, contracts (including copyright and libel liability protection). Personal websites. How to get work, adapting to new markets and techniques, declining rates, how to get paid

  •     Adrian Dearnell (Eurobusiness Media) corporate editor
  •     Kim Willsher (The Guardian, The Observer, LA Times)
  •     Natasha Edwards, NUJ Paris branch freelance officer (book and art catalogue editing,translation, arts writer)
  •     Blogger-turned-journalist Meg Zimbeck, tbc
  •     John Toner, NUJ freelance organiser

5.00pm-6.00pm: Round-table on Positive (or other) Experiences

MODERATOR : Michael Balter, freelancer

  •     Tom Haley, photographer
  •     Lisa Bryant, Voice of America
  •     Shellie Karabell, contributor,



Further details and contact information

James Overton
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