Training alert - online training survey results

A TRAINING survey recently run by LFB's Training Officers aimed to identify which course London Freelance Branch members feel they should attend to increase their opportunities for work. LFB training officers Federica Tedeschi and Tim Gopsill put together the three-question online survey after the LFB Data Journalism courses they had organised in 2019 proved significantly less popular than they had been in previous years.

The survey, shared on social media and LFB's website, only took a minute to complete. It was expected to provide enough data to produce an extensive list of courses our members want to attend in 2020-2021.

Results from all participants - only 33, surprisingly - show an interest in an introductory course on podcasting, which topped the list (36 per cent of respondents), followed by SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), Video Training for Photographers and Adobe Photoshop, all selected by a third of participants. Mobile journalism and a Teeline Shorthand refresher were both third among respondents' preferences, with 27 per cent favouring them.

The final survey question was a "free text" field seeking comments. Suggested courses included pitching and negotiating, copywriting and various courses for photographers.

LFB now has a vacancy for a second Training Officer to work with Helen Hague. They could consider organising courses for photojournalists and a new training survey.

NUJ professional training courses in London resume with "Winning and negotiating freelance work" on Friday 15 May, which is £60 for members. Details are at www.nuj.org.uk/events/2020/05 and watch the NUJ Twitter feed @NUJOffical for news of evening "NUJ Masterclasses" at the NUJ London HQ, often arranged at quite short notice.

Meanwhile, FEU Training offers free training to NUJ members on the "business side" of being a freelance, as well as the motivational, wellbeing, goal-setting side of being your own boss. The organisation's funding is under threat, so it's use it or lose it! Details of upcoming one-day FEU workshops are at www.feutraining.org/free-workshops