But are they taking on freelances too?

RECENT intelligence suggests a coming-out-of-Covid surge in hiring of staff journalists, particularly for online local and regional news websites. This is against a background of a much higher than usual number of vacancies across all industries.

Some of the big local news groups have started setting up new local county or city news websites. Others are taking on more journalists for their digital operations. We’ve even heard reports of news groups "poaching" staff from each other. Back in July, Reach news group (it includes the Mirror and the Express) told Press Gazette it was already employing 10 per cent more journalists that it was in 2019.

The traffic of notifications of editorial and PR staff vacancies on LinkedIn has also been noticeably heavy of late. Those who follow lots of journalists on Twitter will also have been struck by the number of recent posts along the lines of "In personal news, I've just started work with..."

But are freelances benefiting from whatever surge we're seeing in the hiring off staff journalists? Is more work also coming the way of freelances as part of this phenomenon? Let us know. Are you getting more offers of work, more shifts from news groups, particularly for "digital"? Please let the Freelance know, in confidence, via editor@londonfreelance.org. And please share, anonymously, what you're getting for the work.