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Freelances versus the economic crisis

A tips-and-information exchange for NUJ members & other experts - on Zoom, Thursday 24 November 6:30 to 8:30pm, free

ARE YOU a freelance feeling the pinch and the punch of the economic horrors assailing us all? This London Freelance Branch free Zoom session might help...

The ideas is to meet up, discuss our problems and offer ways to tackle them, step around them and look elsewhere, find more and more enjoyable work, negotiate better pay for what we do, look at how we can handle our time and our money more effectively - basically, do whatever it takes to make our lives a bit better over the coming months.


This is going too fast...

We'll have five or six "experts" to hand - realistic non-miracle-working "experts" who've seen and done it all before (well, apart from Trussonomics, nobody's done that before). And please note the sub-title reference to "LFB members and other experts". As freelances we're all expert in our own working lives, and that means we can all throw in ideas which may help our colleagues... a lot of the two-hour session, we hope, will comprise that kind of mutual swap and back-up.

If you have queries in advance please email LFB Membership Co-secretary Phil Sutcliffe Again, it's on Zoom, on Thursday 24 November from 6:30 to 8:30pm and it's free to NUJ members.

We will email the Zoom link to all London Freelance Branch members - that is, those whose email addresses are up to date on branch records - a couple of days before the event. NUJ freelances from outside LFB are welcome, but please email as above and we'll send you the link.

"Experts" so far booked to be there are:

  • data journalist and NUJ trainer in the business of freelancing SA (Steven) Mathieson;
  • LFB's all-round social media maestro and freethinker Nika Talbot;
  • Press photographer of 40 years' experience Andrew Wiard;
  • Mainly-video reporter, veteran of Iraq, Syria and Ukraine conflicts for the Daily Mail, the BBC, the Sun, France24 and CBS - Owen Holdaway, who may be Zooming from a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) rescue boat somewhere in the Mediterranean
  • David Matthews is a "storyteller" via national newspaper and magazine feature writer - for the Sunday Times, Observer, Mail On Sunday, GQ, Esquire and more. His radio and TV documentaries include "Secrets Of A Police Marksman"; "Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS" for BBC4 and more for these, and Channel 5. He has written several books on themes ranging from boxing (which included a pro fight – he won!) and other sports, to politics, the police and much more.
  • NUJ freelance organisers Andy Smith and David Ayrton will also be sitting in.

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  • 27 October 2022 updated speaker details
  • 14 November 2022 updated speaker details again