PayDesk announced today it has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 Europe award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region.
More and more correspondents, stringers, reporters, camera people, photographers and freelances within media are joining PayDesk every day. Here are a few comments from some of our journalists
A journalist, a job title that used to be narrower only 20 years ago, now can be defined many ways depending on opinion. Many will agree that a true journalist is one that has been trained through a combination of education and experience in the field. Others will suggest journalism is a trade and even a vocation or calling. Either definition extends to freelance journalists as well, but there is a much higher degree of independence for them compared to a journalist tied to a certain publication or broadcasting outfit. But this this not mean they are more independent of mind, just in what shifts they do.
With news streaming 24/7 on the web and on television on multiple channels, finding someone to cover a breaking news story half a world away has become vital and more importantly, has become something that needs to happen fast. However, finding a freelance journalist like this is not always easy and is not just a question of Googling one, no matter how tempting that may be. Here a few pieces of advice for those looking to hire a freelance journalist.
Freelance journalism has quickly become a mainstay of modern journalism, with an estimated 90 percent of correspondents classified as freelance. For aspiring journalists, this can be a route to get into the industry. It offers both the chance to be independent but also one that brings professional insecurity. Some pros and cons of working as a freelance journalist are what this blog post aims to address.
As in any profession, current journalism is characterised by less 'jobs', but possibly more opportunities for the right person in the right place. If you want to be that person, operating locally or internationally, there are many things you can do to advance your prospects. They all take some investment in labour and time, but if you play your cards right, it may well be worth your while.
It is not that we object to being called at 3am to be asked “Just out of interest, who have you got in the Solomon Islands?” It is what we do! Then again, if general curiosity grips you at ungodly hours of the night, or if you really do need a correspondent somewhere, anywhere, feel free to have a play with our new, improved and rather brilliant map, which now boasts fantastic new features (none of which involves any horsemeat!).
You’ve got to hand it to our chief Henry Peirse, he’s no word mincer. Last week his tweet looked pretty much like a grumpy declaration of war: “Anybody that thinks the #futureofnews #journalism is about training reporters and journalists to be entrepreneurs is a moron”, said Henry, and all jumped in the ditches and poked their noses out to see who bites, and when will the first shot be fired.
This has been a strange week for providing international news coverage. Once the Israeli attack on Gaza started we immediately contacted our correspondents there to check they are safe, sound, and available. Safe they are not, but Gaza is where they are based and they were keen to make their news known. Our Israel correspondents, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ashkelon, are all good to go too, but based on our experience we assume they will be in less demand as most broadcasters have regular correspondents in Jerusalem.
The silly season of journalism was late this summer. The queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics all provided light but respectable entertainment (and endless weather forecasts) which seemed to involve a fair amount of earnestness and not hardly enough skin (on that note, when have swimmers started wearing trousers? We didn’t get that memo). Both events were chronically adorned by plenty of “how we’ve all come together” editorials, which made some cynics (don’t look at me!) miss the riots of the previous summer.