Aimed at writers, photographers and PR practitioners, and hoping to cover print, broadcast and online media, Freelance Forum is organised by Dublin Freelance NUJ branch with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
In 2021, a combination of podcast interviews and live webinars are planned, with Spring and Autumn seasons. Webinars will also allow for audience interaction, with Question & Answer sessions. As was the case last year, some of the podcasts will be uploaded and can be accessed using any podcast client, or directly from Soundcloud. However, places at the webinars may be limited.
A total of three Autumn Webinars were planned. You can reserve a place at an individual Webinar, or at all events. There is no charge to attend the Freelance Forum webinar events. You can install a Zoom app on your Apple or Android phone from the app stores, or download Zoom here to install on your computer.
Additional podcast recordings will also be uploaded during the Autumn of 2021. The first podcast of 2021, covering the Sound+Vision programme, was uploaded on 1 February. Further podcasts were added during March and April. The Autumn series of podcasts will begin in late September and run parallel to the Autumn webinars.
Autumn Series 2021 Freelance Forum Webinars
Webinar 1: Screenwriting in the UK with James Doherty
Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM
Date: Monday 4 October 2021
James Doherty is Senior Communications Officer at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. A former president of the National Union of Journalists and former chair of the NUJ in Scotland, he continues to be a member of the union’s National Executive.
He started writing for Brrokside when he was 21, going on to write as a scriptwriter with the BBC between 1995 and 2009, while also working as a journalist with The Scotsman and as media manager for Glasgow City Council.
Webinar 2: Going corporate: how to approach editorial work for companies, governments and NGOs with SA Mathieson
Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM
Date: Monday 18 October 2021
SA Mathison has worked as a full-time freelance journalist and editor for a total of 14 years, focusing on IT, healthcare, government and data for both publications and corporate clients. He lectures on data journalism at Birkbeck, University of London and runs training on working as a freelancer for the NUJ.
Webinar 3: Freelancing After Covid, the Future of Media
Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM
Date: Monday 1 November 2021
Join a panel comprising NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet, Tuam Herald deputy editor Siobhan Holliman, and Irish Times journalist Laura Slattery in a discussion on what the likely trends are in newsgathering and media after Covid.
Michelle Stanistreet worked as a journalist for ten years at the Sunday Express newspaper as feature writer and books editor. She was the first woman Deputy General Secretary, elected in 2008, and became the first woman in the NUJ’s history to be elected as General Secretary in April 2011. Last year she gave evidence to the The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee inquiry into the future of journalism.
Siobhan Holliman is the deputy editor of the Tuam Herald, the chair of the NUJ Irish Executive Committee, and served as a member of the Future of Media Commission set up by the Irish Government in September 2020.
Laura Slattery is a journalist for The Irish Times in Dublin. She covers the media industry, marketing and other business and economic topics for the title and has written a weekly Media & Marketing column since 2011. She occasionally podcasts on business and books and started her career in 2001 writing personal finance features for the newspaper.
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Autumn 2021 Podcast Series
Freelance Forum Episode 27: September 27, Details to be confirmed.
Freelance Forum Episode 28: October 11, Details to be confirmed.
Freelance Forum Episode 29: October 25, Details to be confirmed.
Freelance Forum Episode 30: November 8, Details to be confirmed.
Freelance Forum Autumn Series podcasts will be uploaded during September and October 2021. Be sure to subscribe to the Freelance Forum using your preferred podcast player. Don’t forget to check out the archives of recordings from previous seasons and events.