Episode 35

Published on:

8th Dec 2021

Securing steady work

Securing steady work, long term contracts or building up a relationship with an editor in order to get regular work can be a great security blanket for freelancers. In this episode we talk to Mel Stern, freelance journalist, editor, producer, and charity communications consultant and Tufayel Ahmed, a freelance journalist, editor and journalism lecturer about how to do this . 

The Guests

Mel Stern

Twitter: @melvstern


Tufayel Ahmed 


Instagram: @tufayelahmed

Website: https://www.tufayel.co/

Resources and recommendations

Opportunities for journalists to work in the charity sector:  

World Vision charity  https://www.worldvision.org.uk/about/jobs/

Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/get-involved

Work experience scheme at the BBC, including Newsnight: https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/work-experience

Big Issue The Breakthrough Programme https://www.bigissue.com/press-release/the-big-issue-launches-breakthrough-talent-and-training-programme-for-young-people/

Example of Tufayel’s work on pro-wrestling for CNN 


June Bellebon and her articles at Gal-Dem


Aniefiok Ekpoudom, freelance journalist


Jason Okundaye, freelance writer 



Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by Cision.

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