Online conference

Programme

From

08-06-2021

To

10-06-2021

Let’s celebrate the power of the freelance community!

The freelance journalism community has proven, time and again, its ability to uncover and produce quality, independent and innovative stories on the world’s most dire challenges. Freelancers make a difference with their journalism work, a power that may now be more necessary than ever.

That is why the Freelance Journalism Assembly created the Online Conference: “Reporting on global issues: the power of freelancers to make a difference.”

For three days, freelance journalists from all across Europe will come together to learn new skills and tools and discuss the most pressing topics for the community through lightning talks, panels and workshops.

Join and enjoy sessions on:
🗣️ Pitching stories successfully
🤝 Collaboration and cross-border journalism
📸 Storytelling trends: graphic novels, multimedia projects, video, and more
🤳 Tik-Tok, Instagram and Twitter for freelance journalists
📈 Data journalism and mobile journalism
🏆 Freelancers from all across the world showcasing their successful journalism work and best practices.

3 day event

Youtube + Zoom

FJAssembly

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Programme

09:15

09:30

Community welcome remarks

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09:30

09:55

Reporting on global issues: the power of freelancers to make a difference

At a time of major political and social upheavals, worsened by a global pandemic, there is an urgent need for freelance journalists to publish the underreported stories, to listen to underrepresented voices, to bring visibility to remote areas and their needs, and to hold the powerful to account. The freelance journalism community makes a difference with their journalism work, a power that may now be more necessary than ever.

Speaker: TBA

09:55

10:15

How a freelance journalism work changed a country's policies

A freelance journalist or a freelance collective will showcase their experiences and practices reporting on global challenges.

Speaker: TBA

10:15

10:40

Tik-Tok for #freejournos: shine a light on your global issues stories

TikTok is one of the most downloaded app around the world creating new opportunities for freelance journalists who want to boost their stories and reach new audiences. We will hear about creative storytelling strategies that freelancers can apply to share their stories with a lighter twist on this platform, create audience engagement and increase their visibility.

Speaker: TBA

10:40

11:05

More than numbers: data-driven human rights storytelling

In this talk by Data4Change’s Director Bronwen Robertson you’ll find out what work, skills and tools are needed to create data-driven multi-platform projects. You’ll also hear from some of Data4Change’s journalism alumni on how they learnt new data-journalism skills to co-create powerful storytelling projects using open data and data from human rights organisations.

Since 2014 Data4Change has connected journalists, data journalists, data scientists, designers and technologists with human rights organisations to collaborate on data-driven projects that forge real change and have lasting impact.

Bronwen Robertson

Executive Director - Data4Change

11:05

11:20

Grab a coffee & move your legs

11:20

12:05

Panel: Sexy pitches: how to persuade editor with stories that make the difference?

Panel moderated by a freelance journalist who will discuss with five publishers from the leading news organisations about the best strategies to pitch your story and increase your chances of getting commissioned.

Moderator and panelists: TBA

12:10

13:30

Breakout room 1: Data journalism: crunching the numbers, enhancing your stories

How often do freelance journalists think about data? Design, computer science, statistics and the news have collectively morphed into the expanding field of data journalism. Whether covering topics like Covid -19 or international migration, freelance journalists are increasingly required to better understand and explain data to their audiences.

Adaugo Trinitas Isaac, Wanadata’s Product Manager at Code for Africa, wants to help you unleash your inner data journalist. In this session, we will help you understand how to produce and promote data-driven news that enhances your storytelling. We will focus on developing skills for a changing digital media landscape that allows your audience to visualize data.

Adaugo Isaac

Product Manager - Code for Africa/ Wanadata

12:10

13:30

Breakout room 2: Mobile Journalism for freelancers: The future of storytelling

Smartphones have become invaluable tools for journalists. However, most freelancers are not coming close to tapping into their storytelling potential. In this interactive session led by Yusuf Omar, co-founder of @HashtagOurStories, you will learn how to transform your smartphone into a centrepiece of your storytelling tool kit.

Whether you're finding stories, shooting mobile video, editing content, or streaming live, mobile journalism can help freelancers create new storytelling formats and connect them with audiences in new and innovative ways. Don’t miss this fantastic session that will elevate your game!

Yusuf Omar

Co-founder - Hashtag Our Stories

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