Plagiarism is the bane of quality journalism

Please consider signing and sharing this Change petition set up by Ginger Gorman. Many freelance journalists have seen their work being ripped off by unscrupulous publishers and sadly by other journalists. Despite being a clear copyright breach in many instances, it’s up to the person whose work has been copied to prove the case. For large publishers, this means spending time, resources and money on prosecuting a case; for freelance journalists, it’s usually not financially feasible. Those who blatantly copy know they can get away with it – because they have for so long. It’s time to call them out on this unethical and unfair behaviour.
https://www.change.org/p/stop-plagiarism-in-australian-journalism

MEAA Freelance Focus Conference – Brisbane Aug 5 2015

FREELANCE FOCUS – LAST CHANCE FOR EARLYBIRD PRICES

IF you’re heading to the MEAA Freelance conference — Earlybird prices end tomorrow

Brisbane, AUGUST (Conference August 5 plus practical workshops August 4 & 6)

The earlybird rate ends this Friday –  you can save over $100 on festival tickets.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the opportunities of the industry, inspirational talks and practically-focused sessions.
A stellar lineup features Trent Dalton, Michelle Law, Matt Condon, John Birmingham, Rebecca Sparrow, and more.
Earlybird ticket sales and scholarship entries end July 10: http://bit.ly/1MMxdWc

TWITTER FOR FREELANCERS – Feb 4 2015

Hey freelancers,

Don’t miss this fantastic session for Freelancers held by Flip Prior, who is Twitter Australia’s new Partnerships Manager – News & Government, thanks to the Australian Society of Authors.

Many of you will remember Flip as the former Partnerships Manager at the Walkley Foundation where she organised some great dos for us all.

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Where and when?
Wednesday 4th February 2015
6pm to 8.30pm

The course will be held at:
ASA Office, Suite C1.06, 22-36 Mountain Street, Ultimo 2007

How to book

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) at https://www.asauthors.org/event/14713/twitter-for-freelancers.

Details: A workshop from Flip Prior – Twitter Australia’s Partnerships Manager, Government & News – on Twitter best practice for journalists. Flip will show you how to use Twitter’s free tools including photos, video and Vine, as well as demonstrate how to monitor breaking news using Tweetdeck and manage lists.

Cost: $15 including snacks and drinks.

Freelance Journalists Australia Twitter chat: #ozfreeline

*** It was fun! Join us for the next one, will be advertised here and on Freeline / AFW Network ***

*** Check the Storify Archive here:  http://sfy.co/rWVT ***

 

Freelance journalists across Australia and abroad are warmly invited to join us from 8pm till 9pm, AEST on Tuesday May 27 2014 for the inaugural Australian Freelance Journalists Twitter Chat.

This week, we’ll be talking generally about freelance writing in Australia – challenges, opportunities and tips to make it work.

If you’ve got some relevant resources / links to share, we’d love to see them.

How to Join our twitter chat 

If you haven’t done this before — welcome, have fun!  The chat will be archived & posted here later.

We’ll use the Twitter Hashtag #ozfreelance and you can join us from your phone, tablet, laptop – anywhere. 

 

From Twitter – type #ozfreelance in the search box to see what other participants are tweeting (or you can just click on the highlighted #ozfreelance hashtag in someone else’s tweet.)

At the top of your search – you’ll see “Results for #ozfreelance”  – choose Save (option on the same line as ‘Results’ so that Twitter suggests this hashtag to you, saving you time as you tweet.

Just below the line ‘Results’  there’s two options – Top / All  –  select All to see everyone’s tweets.

Some Tweet Chat Conventions

* It’s ok (and at the beginning of a chat, very welcome) to introduce yourself – eg  “Hi all, I’m Ralph, full time freelance journo for 3 years, ex-Treasurer, I write about super #ozfreelance” – always add the hashtag

* Feel free to pitch questions and comments directly to someone you see in the chat – if you are Q’ing or A’ing, just add the hashtag for each tweet  eg “@ralphWillis Did you wear a disguise to get into this year’s Budget lockup? #ozfreeline”

* If you want to re-post a relevant tweet to the group and shorten it to include the hashtag – use MT at the beginning of the tweet (Modified Tweet)

* If you like someone else’s comment, ‘Favourite’ or ‘Retweet’  – retweeting will share that comment with your own Twitter followers (though retweeting an already hashtagged tweet in a busy Tweetchat might get annoying after a while)

* Warning: everyone will hate you if you use a tweet chat to promo your off-topic goods/services and they will hate your goods/services too. But if it’s actually relevant and might be useful, plug it once and move on.

 

 

Hashtags proposed earlier are:

#OzIndyJournoChat
#ozfreelance
#typeandgripe
#OZfreeline

… the vote came in at  #ozfreelance

Comment below or to @franmolloy – see you online!

 

FREELANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014 – Entries open now

The Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year 2014 is presented by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, with prize including $3,000 in prize money, a full pass to the Walkley’s Storyology Summit and two tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

Entries open Monday May 19, 2014, and close at 5.00pm, Monday June 16, 2014.

To qualify for the award, you must be an Australian citizen resident regularly engaged as a freelance journalist/photographer in any medium. Work submitted for entry must have been published, produced or broadcast in either Australia or New Zealand.

Entries are judged on a work or a body of work (up to five pieces) published or broadcast between June 4, 2013 and June 16, 2014. Judges consider resources available and effort expended as well as newsworthiness; research; writing; production; incisiveness; impact; public benefit; ethics; originality; innovation; and creative flair.

Three finalists will be announced on Monday June 30, 2014 and the winner announced on Thursday July 24, 2014 at an event in Sydney. All entrants will receive an invitation to attend the announcement.

Entry costs is free for MEAA and EPMU members, and $295 including GST for non-members.

Application forms should be completed online here, and a 200-word entry statement explaining your entry must be included with the submission:
http://walkleys.com/awards/freelancer-of-the-year/freelance-journalist-year-application/