The Future of Freelancing: Finding Work After Covid-19

Posted on: September 30, 2020 by admin

If you’re a freelance facing an uncertain future because the impact of Covid-19, where can you find work? Are there opportunities in journalism you don’t know about? Or could use your training and skills elsewhere?

The Journalists’ Charity has organised a free session on 4 November for freelancers looking to hone or transfer their skills during the Covid-19 crisis.

While some sectors struggle, others flourish, and in this FREE expert-led session you’ll hear how your skills could well be transferable both inside the industry and in other sectors to help you keep working and earning.

The online meet-up will be hosted by BBC Radio & TV presenter Frances Finn @francesfinnshow with an opportunity for you to ask a question or share your insight with others.

WHEN: November 4, 2020. 6.30pm-7.45pm.
HOW: Via Zoom (download free here)
BOOK your free place and send your questions HERE.

Meet the panel

Susan Grossman is a certified career and writing coach, a journalist, magazine editor, travel writer and ex BBC broadcaster. She is a Visiting Lecturer, on the Journalism MA at Westminster University, at City University Short Courses and at the City Lit. Certified by the ILM (Inst of Leadership and Management) Susan specialises in helping freelance journalists and media professionals progress their careers. She lives in London and has clients worldwide.

David Thomas, Trainer, Business Skills for Freelancers. David has been training freelancers in business and organisational skills for 15 years, following more than 20 years at the BBC where he was a journalist, broadcaster and head of department. He set up David Thomas Media Ltd to help freelancers and small businesses be more organised and stop wasting time on paperwork. His most popular training covers finance skills and networking skills for freelancers. His regular clients include unions such as the NUJ, BECTU and Equity, as well as the BBC, Channel 4 and ScreenSkills.  David has a special interest in supporting staff who are going through a redundancy process and moving into self-employment for the first time, something he did himself.

Matt Youdale has had successful careers in both journalism and PR. After 7 years reporting for newspapers in Sheffield – including the Yorkshire Post – Matt spent the best part of two decades with BBC TV and radio, mainly in the East Midlands. He won a string of high-profile journalism awards as a specialist correspondent, documentary-maker, news editor and local radio managing editor. Matt was then a Director of Communications in the NHS before setting up Arch Communications as a PR consultancy in 2011. The Nottinghamshire-based company has since grown into a full PR and marketing agency, with clients across both private and public sectors.

NB: You will be sent the link shortly before 6.30pm on the day, and participants are held in a waiting room until our facilitator opens the event. Please be patient!