Freelancing for Journalists

Lily and Emma met while doing an MA in journalism studies many years (eek) ago. Their careers took quite different paths for a while but converged once more when they both found themselves juggling portfolio careers of freelance journalism and teaching

The number of questions they received from students about freelancing and how it works made them realise that this was a hidden world and they decided to write the practical guide they wished they had when they first started to work for themselves.

Their project has grown to now include a book, popular podcast, Facebook community and training offering. That’s the thing about freelance journalism – you never quite know where it will take you.

Lily Canter

Lily is a freelance consumer affairs journalist, senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, and a published academic researcher.

After a stint in local newspapers she went back to university to do a PhD in Journalism Studies. After years of teaching and researching, Lily made some big life changes in order to go freelance and has since had bylines in Metro, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Sun, South China Morning Post, and more.

Emma Wilkinson

Emma is a freelance journalist specialising in medicine and health and an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

She had a number of staff writer positions at BBC News, The Lancet Oncology, and Pulse in London before going freelance and moving back up North. Emma has won several awards for her work and does everything from news shifts to features and in-depth investigations.

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