Episode 25

Published on:

31st Mar 2021


In this episode we speak to two young freelance journalists about the value of finding a mentor.

Jessica Morris, who is studying for her NCTJ Diploma and MA in Journalism, talks about how having a great mentor has advanced her career. Asyia Iftikhar, founder of the Young Journalist Community, discusses how to build a great relationship with your mentor.  

The Guests

Jessica Morris @_Jess_Morris jessmorrisportfolio.com 

Asyia Iftikhar @asyiaiftikhar


Freelancing for Journalists Journalism Work Experience Initiative


Young Journalist Community Facebook 


Young Journalist Community mentor scheme 


NCTJ diversity fund JDF 


The Freelance Parent newsletter


And Jess’s guest newsletter for The Freelance Parent


Women in Journalism mentor scheme for women who have been in the industry for 2-5yrs https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring/

John Schofield mentoring for early career journalists 


Journo Resources information about a range of mentoring schemes


The Second Source mentorship scheme 


The University of Sheffield mentor scheme


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About the Podcast

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.

Each episode features two guests who have made freelancing a success. From film reviewers, to travel writers to bitcoin experts and current affairs broadcasters.

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