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#Podcast: Telling your own story – personal branding advice for journalists

November 22nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Podcast

 

For many journalists, and freelancers in particular, creating a personal brand can help you stand out from the crowd. Achieving this is not always easy or straightforward so, as well as gathering these five tips for personal branding, we went into detail on the subject with some experienced and successful journalists.

We spoke to:

  • Jo Payton, lecturer, trainer and freelancer
  • Susie Boniface, the Fleet Street Fox
  • John Toner, freelance organiser, National Union of Journalists
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk podcast feed on iTunes.
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#Tip: Read this advice if you work from home

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Here is a Storify we created we have created with advice on working from home.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Pitching advice for freelancers

January 8th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Top tips for journalists
Image by monkeywing on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by monkeywing on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

If you are a freelance journalist who has experienced regular rejections to pitches to editors, you might be able to relate to this post on MediaSpank.

It includes an interview with the anonymous Pitching the World blogger – who is pitching to all 642 magazines listed in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.

For help on pitching, sign up for this successful freelance journalism course and see our list of other courses.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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#Tip: Try creating a CV infographic based on your LinkedIn profile

December 12th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Top tips for journalists

Visual.ly, an infographics, tool that we have written about regularly on Journalism.co.uk, has just released a new tool that allows you to create an infographic of your CV based on your LinkedIn profile.

There are five designs to choose from.

The personalised infographic can be embedded, downloaded or linked to.

Visual.ly has teamed up with Kelly Services to create the tool.

You can build an infographic based on your LinkedIn profile in seconds by following this link.

Related: 

Five free portfolio and profile platforms for journalists

Portfolio site for journalists launches

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#Tip of the day for journalists – creating freelance opportunities

October 12th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Top tips for journalists

On Poynter, Beth Winegarner offers some helpful pointers for freelancers keen to track down new opportunities. Her tips cover topics such as network building and making your specialism known. She also highlights the value of having an online portfolio.

Earlier this week Journalism.co.uk produced a list of online portfolio and profile platforms which journalists can use to share examples of their work and experience.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: 25 popular tools for freelancers

September 13th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Top tips for journalists

Meranda Watling of 10,000 Words recently blogged about a survey by BestVendor, a “New York-based start-up site aimed at connecting users with useful apps and software”.

The survey asked about freelancer’s most popular apps, such as those to help share files or manage the business side. 10,000 words lists the 25 most popular ones cited by the respondents.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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App of the week for journalists: Stamped, where Time is sharing film reviews

June 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in App of the Week, Freelance

App of the week: Stamped

Devices: iPhone

Cost: Free

What is it? An iPhone app that allows you to share and discover recommendations for films, books, music, restaurants and more.

How is it of use to journalists? This app is one social media managers should be aware of, music journalists and anyone who writes book, film or restaurant reviews.

The app, which launched in November by ex-Google employees, works not by encouraging users to give a restaurant, book, film or track a star rating, but people add a stamp and a line explaining “what makes it stampworthy”.

A handful of news sites have pushed out reviews with links to their sites, including New York Magazine and the Austin Chronicle, which share restaurant reviews, and Time magazine, which is posting its “all-time 100 movies” and recent film reviews.

Stamped users can then comment or like a review, engaging with the news site.

 

During a wider conversation about the use of social media at Time, Cathy Sharick, managing editor of Time.com, told Journalism.co.uk how her team started using Stamped about six weeks ago.

The way we look at new platforms is that we like to get there in early and see what happens.

I think over the next few months they have some things coming out that will probably grow their audience so we want to see where it goes.

A few specialist journalists, including movie critic Peter Travers, share their reviews and engage with users of the network.

Other journalists have also recommended and reviewed products (such as Instapaper, Apple TV and Google Maps).

For more on Stamped see this post on TechCrunch.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – advice for using Skype and recording calls

May 25th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance

Freelance journalist Christopher Goodfellow has written a blog post recommending Skype for interviews.

His post recommends a call recorder and details the cost-saving potential.

It’s also worth reading:

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

 

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App of the week for journalists: ExpenseMagic

March 7th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in App of the Week, Freelance

App of the week: ExpenseMagic

Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (Blackberry and Android versions will be available soon)

Cost: Free (with options to pay for bookkeeper services)

What is it? An app that allows you to photograph expenses receipts, add details and have a PDF of your accounts emailed to you every month.

How is it of use to journalists? Unlike many of our recommended apps which focus on using your smartphone for reporting, this one helps you manage some of the more mundane necessities that go along with doing any job.

This one is of particular use for freelance journalists, but could be useful for anyone who regularly claims expenses.

The app allows you to photograph a receipt and save it and the related data to the cloud. You have two options: firstly to manually enter the data or, if you want to pay, get a bookkeeper to do it for you.

 

You can then have a PDF emailed to you (or an accounts person in your news organisation) every month, detailing your expenses.

One handy function is that you can sync with a phone’s diary, allowing you to attach a claim to a specific event or meeting.

For overseas travel, ExpenseMagic uses a phone’s GPS location to automatically select and convert a claim from a list of 159 currencies.

You can submit claims directly into three cloud accountancy software packages – FreeAgent, Freshbooks and Xero.

The makers of the app say that it is “fully compliant with UK tax laws”.

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Tool of the week for journalists: Cuttings.me

Tool of the week: Cuttings.me

What is it? An easy to use portfolio tool created by a freelance journalist for freelance journalists.

How is it of use to journalists? Cuttings.me was built by freelance journalist Nicholas Holmes who wanted a way of presenting links to his best work.

Launched in October, Cuttings.me now has thousands of links and is being used by journalists from the BBC to the New York Times to Al Jazeera. You can see Nicholas Holmes’ portfolio at Cuttings.me/nicholasholmes.

Last week it was been adapted and redesigned with the help of feedback from other users.

As of this today, Cuttings.me has a “multimedia clippings” feature, which opens up Cuttings.me for broadcast journalists too.

Another feature released today is RSS, allowing anyone who wants to subscribe to a feed of your best work to have an easy way of doing so.

RSS was “one of the most-requested features since the redesigned site launched late last year”, according to Holmes, who is is tourism Editor at AFP/Relaxnews and a freelance contributor to other publications including the Independent.

It’s quite a major upgrade and means users will be able to activate a personal RSS feed of their work, allowing them to easily export their cuttings to sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn to ensure all of their contacts are kept up-to-date, whenever they add a new piece to their Cuttings.me page.

A short video on how to get started with Cuttings.me is below.

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