Our digital life in 2021
APRIL IS OFFERING a lot of training for journalists on several digital different platforms. As your London freelance branch, we would like to know what kind of training you are looking for and what would be the most beneficial. To share your wishes, please send an email to LFB-Romana@hotmail.com and share your thoughts via Twitter @NUJ_LFB.
I attended the podcast training with Hamish Brown, which was a fantastic experience. We were given all the tools that one needs to create a podcast. I'm working on an environmentally orientated topic and can't wait to share it with you.
A few great workshops are coming up in April and May:
- Think tanks and the media seminar on 8 April 2021
- Post pandemic, a new deal for workers on 24–25 April 2021
- First Steps in Freelancing on 7 May 2021 with SA Mathieson.
I attended the First Steps workshop in February and can confirm that it is worth every penny. If you are new or just starting your career, this workshop is a must.
Please visit www.nuj.org.uk/learn/nuj-training.html to find out more.
The Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) Training initiative can no longer offer face-to-face training, since its funding was cut. You can, however, still visit its digital learning centre, which contains several learning tutorials and webinars:
- Acting for Equality and Diversity
- Blogging for creative freelances
- Building your brand
- Building your web presence
- Creative productivity
- Diversify your portfolio
- Finance for freelances
- Marketing for freelances
- Negotiation for freelances
- Overcoming freelance challenges
- Running a social media campaign
The Google News Initiative, including Google News Lab, is offering free courses, to "learn from best practices worldwide". It also offers the Google News Initiative Fellowship, to enable students of journalism and technology to "spend their summer working at relevant organizations across the world". Google News Lab is a team which "collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in news focusing on challenges in journalism today." See here.
[The editor adds: The long-standing view of the Freelance is that the point of these initiatives by Google is to lobby to avoid being compelled to pay for the news content that is a mainstay of its profits. That's not a reason for freelances not to take what it offers, but rather to be critical of messages about that "best practice".]
If you are looking for a bursary, make a note for next March about the Lyra McKee Journalism Training and Mentorship Bursary Scheme run in cooperation with the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ). This bursary scheme aims to "train and mentor people from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the UK media". Sadly the deadline for applications in 2021 has passed.
If you are interested in data journalism, you should visit the European Journalism Centre. Its Data Journalism Handbook is "one of the world's leading journalism resources and used by students, researchers and practitioners learning about the state of the ever-evolving field of data journalism". The book is available in four languages, and you can download it online. More information: ejc.net/training
In late April, you can join the Pulitzer Center's 2021 Conference, whose focus this year will be the environment. They aim to connect journalists, researchers, policymakers, educators, and the general public around these questions and our journalist reporting. They have some prominent speakers such as Danielle Villasana from National Geographic Explorer and Women on the Move, for which the Pulitzer Center is the education partner; and Carly Berlin, Southerly Magazine Gulf Coast correspondent and author of "How Louisiana Communities Are Navigating Hurricane Recovery During a Pandemic"; and many others. More information is here.
There are a lot of opportunities in the digital world. One of the platforms worth mentioning is Ko-Fi or A Nicer Way to Ask. It is a way to ask your fans and followers to support you, receive messages of encouragement and celebrate when you reach your goal. See ko-fi.com
Please let us know which digital resources are you using and if you are interested in digital education as a way forward. We are looking forward to your suggestions, and we want to hear from you, so let's network...