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Pitch and Deal, training May 2016


Friday 6 May 2016

10- 16.30

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Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU


Pitch & Deal
This one-day training course focuses on the business side of pitching - how to pitch your ideas to editors and make a sale, how to negotiate your fees (including how to ask for and get more money), and how to hold on to your copyright, aka negotiating usage. This is an intensive course using role play so places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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 has a keen interest in the business aspects of freelancing. She is the elected member for the north-west region on the NUJ's Freelance Industrial Council.

Phil Sutcliffe is a journalist and NUJ member since serving an apprenticeship on the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 1970-2. He first went freelance a couple of years later and since totted up 35 mainly London-based years as a journo of the self-employed kind. Written mainly about music for Sounds, Smash Hits, The Face, Q, Mojo, LA Times, but also other stuff for other outlets including a bit of radio, TV, and online, and spells of subbing, production editing, book writing – plus training freelances in the business side of their working lives for the NUJ and others since 1988-ish. NUJ Member of Honour and elected member of NUJ Freelance Industrial Council and Copyright Committee for many years.

"Excellent. If only the NCTJ distance material was this good"
Participant, Pitch & Deal
Erskine Lewis
"Role play was extremely useful for helping me better deliver my pitch. I learned a lot."
Participant, Pitch & Deal
Candice Pires



Getting started as a freelance and Pitch and deal form part of the NUJ trade union training programme and are therefore discounted. NUJ member: £70; NUJ student member/unemployed member: £60; non-members/GFTU affiliate: £130

Further details and contact information

NUJ Training
Telephone: 442075208340

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