What types of insurance do freelance journalists need? You’ve taken the decision to go freelance. As well as the hunt for work and sending pitches to commissioning editors, there is a vital task you need to do: get insurance.
Are you being watched? This is not paranoia or a conspiracy theory. Online surveillance is a very real threat to journalists all over the world. Our computers all have webcams. We send messages on email, text and social media constantly. We use the internet for research and store documents on the cloud.
Journalists frequently find themselves running towards danger. We all want to get the story. We want to be first on the scene. Your news editor wants pictures, copy for the website and live social media posts. The pressure is on and the last thing you may be considering is your safety.
In the member spotlight this month is Paydesk member Petra Zlatevska. Each month we are going to feature one of our talented Paydesk members, and our first feature is Petra Zlatevska. Petra is a trained lawyer, so she has that rare ability to combine legal sensibilities with journalistic rigour. She’s an Australian journalist based in Berlin and holding a German press pass. In 2010 she was awarded the Young Creative award by Burda Media in Germany for her career achievements. She has cross- media experience and speaks multiple languages. You can view some of her TV work here: https://paydesk.co/journalist/petra.zlatevska
Maybe you’ve seen us on Twitter and wondered who exactly we are and how we work? We’d love to explain what we do, and how much we still get a buzz out of doing it.
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.