Freelance Forum 2024 Podcast Series


Freelance Forum is organised every year by the Dublin Freelance branch of the National Union of Journalists, with support from Coimisiún na Meán.

The Forum is made up of two live day-long events in the Spring and Autumn, and a monthly podcast, all aiming to keep freelance journalists and students up to date on new industry developments, opportunities and skills updates in Ireland.

You can listen to this and all podcasts from the Freelance Forum, including archive recordings covering a decade of Forum events, on Apple Podcasts, using the podcatcher app of your choice, or at the Freelance Forum Soundcloud page from Dublin Freelance.

Freelance Forum 79: Rónán Ó Domhnaill on Supoorts for Journalism

Rónán Ó Domhnaill, media development commissioner with Coimisiún na Meán, talks about the latest work on the Courts Reporting Scheme and the Local Democracy Reporting Scheme, the timetable for rolling out the schemes, and issues in fair and balanced coverage of election and referendum campaigns in Irish news outlets.

Freelance Forum 78: Privacy and Safety Online

Fergal Crehan is a barrister, with an interest in privacy and data protection.
He speaks on staying safe online as journalists, personal privacy safeguards, and protecting work and personal data and sources.
Recorded live at Freelance Forum Spring 2024.

Freelance Forum 77: Newsletters

Marketing consultant Drew Sheil and Dublin Inquirer co-founder Sam Tranum discuss the use of email newsletters to report news and as a way for freelance journalists to promote their own work. The discussion is chaired by freelance journalist Stephanie Costello. Recorded live at the Spring 2024 Freelance Forum on 8 April 2024.

Freelance Forum 76: Pitching Your Story

Pitching To Editors with Jo Linehan (Sunday Times Climate magazine) Charlie Taylor (Business Post, Connected) and freelance journalist Kathryn Johnston, recorded live at the Spring 2024 Freelance Forum on 8 April 2024 in Dublin.

Freelance Forum 75: Tim Dawson, IFJ

Tim Dawson, deputy general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists and a former president of the NUJ, delivers an opening address on Journalism In Troubled Times at the Spring 2024 Freelance Forum event in Dublin on 8 April 2024.

Freelance Forum 74: Diversity in Irish Media

Priyanka Borpujari, James Casey [], Paula Fagan [], and Aoife Kavanagh [] discuss media diversity and issues of inclusion and equality. both in newsrooms, and in news coverage. Recorded live at the Spring 2024 Freelance Forum.

Freelance Forum 73: Walaa Sabah

Journalist Walaa Sabah talks about life in Palestine, being separated from her family since last year, and the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Walaa Sabah is the project manager of We Are Not Numbers. She previously held the position of community outreach and partnership officer.
In 2022, Walaa won the UK’s prestigious Chevening scholarship and earned a first-class MSC degree in business with operations management from Warwick Business School.
She works as a freelance journalist. You can read her articles on the MEE, EI, Mondoweiss, and the New Arab.

Freelance Forum 72: Jeff Jarvis

The future of journalism, technological challenges, and advice to freelancers with Jeff Jarvis, American journalist and the Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Jeff Jarvis is the author of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News (CUNY Journalism Press, 2014), Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (Simon & Schuster, 2011), What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), and the Kindle Single Gutenberg the Geek. He blogs about media and news at and co-hosts the podcast This Week in Google

Freelance Forum 71: Malachi O’Doherty on SLAPP

Malachi O’Doherty is a journalist, author and broadcaster in Northern Ireland.
He talks with Gerard Cunningham about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and the scene in Northern Ireland.
His most recent publications are Can Ireland Be One? (Merrion) and How To Fix Northern Ireland (Atlantic)
How to Fix Northern Ireland appears in paperback in May.
Check his books on Amazon.
Freelance Forum Podcast Series is available on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and the podcatcher app of your choice

Freelance Forum 70: Coming To Ireland

Roba Aldereh spoke with Shamim Malekian, Nina Mishchenko, Razan Ibrahim, Heidar Al-Hashimi, and Carmelle Keane about the experiences and observations of non-Irish journalists who have come to study and work in Ireland.

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