Freelance journalism empowerment conference

Programme

From

08-06-2021

To

10-06-2021

Celebrate the freelancers' power to make a difference!

On 8 - 10 June, freelance journalists from all across the world will come together for the Freelance journalism empowerment conference to gain new skills, create meaningful connections and celebrate the power of the community to make a difference.

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.

Join and enjoy sessions on:

🗣️ Pitching stories successfully | 🤝 Collaboration and cross-border journalism | 📸 Storytelling trends and audience engagement | 💪 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion| 🤳 Tik-Tok, Instagram and Twitter for freelance journalists | 📈 Data and mobile journalism | 🌎 Solutions journalism | 💡Slow journalism | 🏆 Freelancers' best practices.

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3 day event

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Programme

13:00

14:20

Breakout room 1: Storytelling and audience engagement skills to tell stories that make a difference

This is the perfect training for journalists who want to meaningfully connect and build relationships with their audiences through creative storytelling formats and constructive engagement strategies. in this hands-on session hosted by Nina Fasciaux and Julia Hotz from the Solutions Journalism Network, you will learn about types of solutions story structures and how to drive productive public discourse and online discussions to strengthen agency and innovation within the communities you serve.

Nina Fasciaux

Manager in Europe - Solutions Journalism Network

Julia Hotz

Communities manager - Solutions Journalism Network

13:00

14:20

Breakout room 2: Tips and tools to integrate diversity into your journalism work

Freelancers can play a vital role in boosting diversity and equity in society. By improving diversity and representation in the different stages of the news’s lifecycle, they can encourage fair and open reporting that more accurately reflects reality while moving beyond stereotypes. Many voices continue to be marginalised and are significantly under-represented in news media. Freelance journalists have the flexibility and tools to address this problem in a fast-changing world.

In this session, Keith Woods, Chief Diversity Officer from National Public Radio, will offer strategies and tools to help freelancers find a balance in their sources, uncover new perspectives and identify underserved audiences.

Keith Woods

Chief Diversity Officer - National Public Radio

14:30

14:40

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14:40

15:05

Why Solutions Journalism can lead to more commissions and career opportunities?

Editors receive countless pitches each day about the same problems. But what happens if freelancers focus instead on the solutions? In this session, David Bornstein, journalist and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, will tell us how freelancers who report on the solutions to social challenges can find new angles that can separate them from the crowd. This can build a solid personal brand that will turn you into an expert in your field, leading to commissions and career opportunities.

Solutions journalism also improves society. It moves beyond the bleak coverage common in news media and supports robust public debate and a healthy democracy. Solutions help increase engagement with audiences, rebuild trust, spur citizen agency and reduce polarisation.

David Bornstein

CEO - Solutions Journalism Network

15:05

15:25

Social change as a driving force of freelance journalists

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

Speaker: TBA

15:25

15:50

Instagram for freelancers: Translating impactful stories into an IG hit

Instagram is a powerful way to tell stories and reach and engage a new audience. Not sure where to start? Sharon Attia, a social media editor at The New York Times who runs @nytgender, is here to help.

The most successful Instagram accounts have a personality and a consistent voice that’s informative, trustworthy and approachable — which is precisely what you as journalists can offer. During this session, you will learn best practices for posting on the platform and hear tips and strategies on how to create engaging and shareable content that will increase your work’s visibility, amplify your voice and connect with readers.

Sharon Attia

Social media editor - The New York Times

15:50

16:15

An experience in participatory journalism and crowdsourcing

A freelance journalist or a freelance collective will showcase their experiences in participatory journalism and crowdsourcing.

Speaker: TBA

16:15

17:00

Panel: What's new: latest storytelling trends in freelance journalism

In this panel freelancers and groups of freelancers will showcase successful experiences using alternative and creative storytelling formats.

Moderator and panelits: TBA

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