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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: ***


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:


… the vote came in at  #ozfreelance

Comment below or to @franmolloy – see you online!


Publishing: How freelance journos made the jump

UPDATE:  A ‘storify’ collection of tweets & social media posts from this event available here 

Straight from the Author’s Mouth

An informal event for Freeline members and other interested people will be held  in Glebe, where members who have recently published or self-published will talk about  what they did and how they did it.

Date: Thursday 13 June
Venue: Fireplace room, Toxteth Hotel, 345 Glebe Point Rd
Price: Free
Public transport: regular buses from George St City (431, 432, 433, 434) and from Randwick via Newtown (370), light rail from Central to Glebe
Parking: 1 and 2-hour free parking off Glebe Point Rd
Time: 7pm start
Food: A good range ($15-25) and Thursday is pot of mussels night – order & pay for your own food

Have you got a book in you that is crying out to be written? Got a finished manuscript but are wondering what to do next? Or are you simply curious about what it means to be an author?

Freeline – the Sydney freelancers network – is hosting a panel event covering all aspects of authoring and book writing on Thursday 13 June, 7pm, at the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe.

Join us for a fascinating discussion of the business of authoring, writing habits, pitching, self-publishing v traditional publishing, ebooks v print, ghostwriting, crowdsourcing, marketing/publicity and much more, with:

Organised by Pamela Hewitt, our panel will include:

Moderator / panellist:  Bianca Nogrady :  author of The End – The Human Experience of Death, and The Sixth Wave
Libby  Harkness: aghostwriter and author of Looking For Lisa, Skin Deep and other titles
Keith Austin:  editor and author of Grymm, and the SMH Good Pub Food Guides
Helen O’Neill: author of David Jones: 175 Years and (Walkley nominated) Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives
Persephone Nicholas: author of ‘Burned’
Mark Juddery: author of ‘Overrated’ and ‘Becoming a movie reviewer’

Should be a great night out!

WINTER OF OUR MISSED CONTENT – Come to our winter gathering!

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:59:03 PM UTC+10, Keren wrote:

Anxious about sweeping changes to our mainstream media?
Worried about the endless procession of draconian contracts?
Freelance life getting you down?

Join other freelance journos for a drink or two on Thursday July 12 for no other reason than to gather and talk.

Upstairs room at The AB Hotel – 225 Glebe Point Rd (corner of Bridge Rd), Glebe

When: Thursday 12 July, from 6:30 pm

What: Talk, drink, eat. Buy your own drinks and meals and the hotel will bring up the orders.

How: Just turn up! There’s no need for RSVP as we’re not catering – but if you’d like to drop a line to the list if you’re coming, we’ll all get a feel for who will be there.

Thanks to the wonderful Pamela Hewitt for organising this.
* Plagiarised from Fran Molloy, who’ll be there too.

Freelance Meeting: Oct 25 2010 – Contracts and other issues

We now have a venue for our October 25 meeting to discuss all the issues: unacceptable contracts, copyright, poor or even laughable rates, late payment of invoices, even whether the journalists’ union can really help freelances.

Date: October 25
Time 6.30pm 8.30pm
Place: Lord Roberts Hotel, corner of Riley St and Stanley St, Darlinghurst

The venue is a short 10 – 15min stroll from Museum Station, along the route of the No 389 bus from Circular Quay to North Bondi and has a pay car park virtually next door. We have booked a private room for the meeting and propose those coming kick in $5 each for snacks and buy their own drinks. Hope to see you there.

Those who have confirmed they will attend the meeting need do nothing more except turn upon the 25th.
If you are coming but have not yet confirmed: RSVP to