How do I get started?

Your first step to being found by our clients is create a free profile. It takes just a few minutes. Think of it as an introduction, resume, and personal marketing brochure rolled into one, highlighting your:

  • Professional skills, experience, and portfolio.
  • Links to recent work.
  • Languages spoken and areas of expertise.

The best profiles are complete, well-written, error-free, and feature a professional, friendly looking picture.


How do I get hired by clients?

paydesk is both push and pull. Our search feature allows clients to locate journalist in the place they need them, when they need them. Our client's requirements are often event driven, and frequently our top assignments revolve around covering breaking news. The best way to be found in these cases is:

  • Make sure your location is up to date.
  • Make sure your contact details, especially phone number, is correct.
  • Make sure your profile includes links to TV/Radio broadcast work you have done.

Another way to get work is to write a pitch in our "stories" section. This is where you write a short description of a feature/event that you can cover. Many of our clients are producers at big broadcasters, who start their shift by planning the day's coverage, and are looking for ideas to fill their schedule.

  • Add a relevant, time-sensitive, interesting story every couple of weeks.
  • Make sure your pitch is unique, interesting, well sourced and relevant.
  • Fox news
  • CBS
  • CBC
  • France-24
  • Voice of America
  • BBC
  • CNN
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • RTE
  • Associated press
  • Reuters

What about payment?

Clients can make an initial contact with you via an in-app messaging service. This is used just for them to confirm your skills and availability. Once you and the client are happy with the job at hand, the client must make an official booking via paydesk. Official bookings will show up in your dashboard as jobs. We guarantee your payment. Unfortunately we cannot extend this payment guarantee to jobs booked outside of paydesk.

In Summary:

  • Create a full profile with photo and work samples.
  • Add interesting and current pitches to the stories section every couple of weeks.
  • Be very responsive when contacted by a client.
  • Only accept jobs that come through as an official booking.

Create your free profile

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