Update 07/12/09

New ways to make journalism pay

Conference now full - sold out

The New Ways to Make Journalism Pay conference is now full. If you have registered but not yet sent a cheque, you can still attend. Please send your cheque now to the address below. Fire regulations mean that, if you do show up for the conference on the day without having registered in advance, it is very likely that the staff and volunteers in the reception Headland House will have no choice but to refuse you admission.

THE CRISIS in newspapers has brought lost titles, redundancies and heartache for many journalists but recession-beating alternatives are emerging too. Creative media models at home and overseas are the focus of a union conference New Ways to Make Journalism Pay to be held on 16 January 2010 at NUJ headquarters.

Sponsored by NUJ London Freelance Branch, the conference is aimed at all journalists trying to find new ways of setting up for themselves or looking for fresh sources of employment in journalism outside the traditional print sector.

Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford and writer and media commentator Granville Williams will speak on how quality journalism can be saved. Blogging supremo Guido Fawkes, who earns a living from the advertising on his blog, will look at the future of the blogosphere. Journalists from London, Bristol, Liverpool, Yorkshire and the North East will show how they turned their working lives around with local news co-operatives, online business papers and services and niche market magazines.

Finding financial support for investigative journalism and raising money through reader funding will feature in the afternoon with experts in these fields, Gavin MacFadyen (of the Investigations Fund) and Press Gazette's Ian Reeves, leading the session.

Built into the programme will be 'meaningful tea-breaks' in which participants can exchange ideas on possible new models for making a living out of the profession, and how these might work. Lunch is included.

Participants interested in starting up pilot projects - whether on capitalist or non-profit or cooperative models, or using elements of all of these - will be offered practical advice on where to access business advice and training - plus the chance to share feedback post- conference via an email network and a working group.

The New Ways to Make Journalism Pay Conference is from 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 16 January 2010, NUJ headquarters (address below). All places for attendees are now sold out. If you've registered but haven't yet send a cheque, the registration fee including lunch is: £10 NUJ members; £7 NUJ student members, claimants, retired. £15 non-members and student non-members. Send cheque payable to "NUJ London Freelance Branch" to:

NUJ London Freelance Branch,
Headland House, 308 Gray's Inn Road,
London WC1X 8DP.

Envelopes should be marked "January 16 Conference". Enquiries: pamelam@nuj.org.uk

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