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NUJ declares war on the 'gangsters and chancers'

31 October 2013

The NUJ freelance and student members seminar can help you to find freelance work and ensure they get paid for it.

The seminar entitled How to Survive in Freelance Journalism is being held as part of the Irish biennial delegate conference on Saturday 9 November in the Croke Park conference centre in Dublin.

NUJ president, Barry McCall, will be chairing the event at which the speakers will be prominent Scottish-based freelance photographer Nick McGowan-Lowe and Pamela Morton, NUJ assistant organiser for the union’s freelance department.

The NUJ president, who is also a Dublin-based freelance journalist, said the seminar was open to students because while they are not working at the moment they need to be warned in advance of the do’s and don’ts of life as a working freelance:

Barry McCall, NUJ president, said:

“The majority of graduates will start out in their careers in journalism as freelances. But freelancing is not an easy path, with the biggest challenges being getting work and getting paid for it.
“Students attending the seminar will be able to learn from freelances who spend their lives finding new sources of work.
“There’s no point in working if you’re not going to get paid for it. Find out how to steer clear of the gangsters and chancers who promise but don’t deliver, and learn what the NUJ can do for freelance members who have problems getting paid.”

Details about the event and how to book a place can be found in the NUJ events diary.

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