Episode 6

Published on:

17th Jun 2020

When you become the story

In our pilot episode we speak to Sheffield Hallam University lecturers and freelance journalists David Clarke and Clare Jenkins about what happens when you become the story. 

David Clarke is an expert in folklore and supernatural phenomena whilst Clare Jenkins is an experienced BBC radio broadcaster focusing on human interest stories. 

We discuss the ethical dilemmas around interviewing friends and family and how much information to give away when you producing a personal story. The episode also looks becoming a talking head and how to handle media enquiries. 

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The Guests 

Clare Jenkins: http://www.pennineproductions.co.uk/  


Twitter: @clarejenkins13

David Clarke: https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/ 


Articles that Lily mentions: 

Sweet Banning story https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/my-children-have-never-eaten-sweets-call-me-mean---but-im-winnin/ 

‘Why couples should never go running together’ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2018/jan/04/why-couples-should-never-go-running-together 

Meningitis Vaccine https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/should-i-have-my-child-vaccinated-for-meningitis-b/ 

Love Money Profile https://www.lovemoney.com/profile/352759/lily-canter 

Samantha Brick https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2124246/Samantha-Brick-downsides-looking-pretty-Why-women-hate-beautiful.html  

Articles that Emma mentions: 

Big Babies https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5898235/Why-British-babies-getting-bigger.html 

Websites/Articles Clare mentions: 

A Casual Clearance, Clare’s Documentary on clearing out her mother’s home https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wpf5n 

Melanie Reid https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/melanie-reid?page=1 


Bryony Gordon https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ 

Liz Jones https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/columnist-1009327/Liz-Jones-Diary-The-Mail-Sunday.html 

Websites/Articles David mentions: 

NUJ Freelance Fees Guide http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?language=en&country=UK&section=Welcome#general 

UFO Hoax https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/c3riimpact/david-clarke-bbc-insideout-ufo/?doing_wp_cron=1554430824.0856170654296875000000


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Freelancing for Journalists
Lifting the lid on freelance life. Experienced freelance journalists Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson guide you through everything you need to know about working for yourself. From where to get work, to how to get paid and everything in between.

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