A New Journalist’s Guide to Freelancing
Building Your Career in the New Media Landscape
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815135 / 1554815134
  • 200 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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A New Journalist’s Guide to Freelancing

Building Your Career in the New Media Landscape

  • Publication Date: October 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815135 / 1554815134
  • 200 pages; 5½" x 8½"

In a fast-moving media world where most workers begin as freelancers (and many may spend their whole careers doing so), this book is a guide for journalism students, recent graduates, and new journalists to orient themselves in the world of freelance work in Canada and the US. The book looks at developing your own personal brand, how to pitch to different types of publications and media outlets, and how to start to plan for your financial future as a freelancer (yes, it’s possible!). Short, practical, and easy to read, The New Journalist’s Guide is written by an experienced freelance journalist and journalism professor and incorporates profiles of real freelancers from varied backgrounds and in a range of professional fields.

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“Finally, a guide for freelancers that illuminates professional practices that can seem opaque, yet also shines a light on issues of labour, power, and equity. Alongside trade tips and engaging profiles, freelancers will gain the vital insight that, in today’s tumultuous journalism industry, you don’t have to go it alone.” — Nicole Cohen, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age

Introduction

Chapter 1: What is freelance work?

    MEET A FREELANCER: Anupa Mistry, writer and producer

Chapter 2: Building your brand … and your network

    MEET A FREELANCER: Gabe Bergado, editor and writer

Chapter 3: Ready, set, pitch!

    MEET A FREELANCER: Jeremy Klaszus, writer and founder of The Sprawl

Chapter 4: It’s Business Time

    MEET A FREELANCER: Erin Lowry, financial writer and author of the Broke Millennial series

Chapter 5: Freelance Business Basics

    MEET A FREELANCER: Trevor Solway, filmmaker

Chapter 6: Tax Time

    MEET A FREELANCER: Kat Eschner, freelance science and business journalist

Chapter 7: Navigating the law as a freelancer

    MEET A FREELANCER: Rebecca Collard, broadcast journalist and writer

Chapter 8: Contracts and negotiations

    MEET A FREELANCER: Omar Mouallem, nonfiction writer and filmmaker

Chapter 9: Freelance work in the bigger picture

    MEET A FREELANCER: Desmond Cole, independent journalist, activist, and author

Last Thoughts

Meg Wilcox is Assistant Professor of Journalism at Mount Royal University.

  • • Strong coverage of Canadian culture industries and contexts
  • • Friendly, humorous, informal tone throughout
  • • Author is an experienced freelance journalist and longtime teacher of future journalists