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Author: Suchandrika Chakrabarti

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Creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. As featured on BBC Radio 4.
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What journalists should know about content marketing, with Contently's Deanna Cioppa
  Every freelancer I've interviewed for this podcast - or just met in the past 11.5 months of freelancing - has worn multiple work hats. It's just the way of things, as freelance consumer journalism is very unlikely to pay the bills to live in a major western city in 2019 AD. Talk to freelancers making decent money from content marketing, and they'll most likely mention Contently. Founded in 2011, the platform works with brands to find them storytellers. Deanna Cioppa, Executive Editor at Contently, joins me on this episode to talk about how to start a portfolio to appeal to brands, what her team is looking for in your past clippings and bylines to match you to brands and how content marketing differs from journalism in some important ways. A former journo herself, Deanna knows how scary it can be for journalists to move into this space, and she's the authority on what brands are looking for in writers. Contently also has The Freelancer, a publication written by freelancers, for freelancers. I had my first piece published there this weekend, a love letter to Freelance Pod and how it's helped my creativity. Let me know if you have any thoughts on it!   -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD  
Podcasts and newsletters go together, with Caroline Crampton
If you're a keen podcast listener, you might recognise Caroline's name from the Hot Pod newsletter, or, since yesterday, from The Browser's daily inbox offering. Sign up for The Listener here: https://thelistener.email/ Podcasts and newsletters have a lot in common: each one develops its own voice and character, and gets delivered into its audience's private spaces: ears and email inbox. Caroline and I discuss how both are a good substitute for having your own column. Caroline's got a book coming out in June, The Way to the Sea, and its topics include the Thames Estuary, which leads out of London to her childhood home in Kent, and is where her parents first pitched up in England over 30 years ago, after sailing over from apartheid-era South Africa. What do immigrants become after spending over half their lives in the new country, and brining up children who are more of the new land than the old? Maybe we need a new word? Caroline is also a podcaster, with the British Podcast Awards-nominated Shedunnit, which take a deep dive into the real stories behind classic crime fiction. It's up for a prize in the Smartest Podcast category, so one to try if you like crime fiction and also feeling S-M-R-T. Wait. Was that a Simpsons joke? -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD  
Why Anna Codrea-Rado wrote the Fair Pay For Freelancers open letter
Freelance journalist, author and campaigner Anna Codrea-Rado is this episode's guest. I was lucky to meet Anna (Twitter: @annacod) at a journalism event about a week or so after my redundancy last May, because she is so positive, but also practical, about making a freelance career work. At the time, I was just about keeping the feelings of panic repressed, while I tried to learn what freelancing is all about... [still learning, btw] Anna is the author of the free First Aid for Freelancers e-book, The Professional Freelancer weekly newsletter and she's the brains behind the huge #FairPayForFreelancers campaign. In a climate where editorial jobs are less safe than ever, Anna has done a lot of work to help other freelancers feel equipped to deal with embarking on a different career path, and also to feel part of a community. We don't just talk about the business side of freelancing on this episode though, as important as that is. Anna firmly feels that her career couldn't have taken off as it has if she'd stayed in her staff job at Vice. She takes us through the best story she's written - involving her grandfather and a commission for The Paris Review - and the time her hero, BBC 6 Music presenter Mary Anne Hobbs, invited her onto a panel! Links: First Aid For Freelancers: https://www.annacodrearado.com/first-aid-for-freelancers The Professional Freelancer: https://www.annacodrearado.com/newsletter #FairPayForFreelancers campaign: https://twitter.com/annacod/status/1092745531112243201 -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD   
You own the narrative of your career, with LinkedIn's Isabelle Roughol
Isabelle Roughol is senior editor-at-large at LinkedIn. She joined the company in 2012 and built a global news team working in seven languages across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. She considers the future of work and value-driven business, and publishes two columns: The Last Globalist, on living an open life in a world that’s shutting down, and Media in 60 Seconds, a weekly video series about the media industry. Isabelle got her start in newspapers, working as a reporter and editor for publications in the US, Cambodia and France. On this episode, we talk about working in newspapers; what it takes to set up an international editorial team; and how us freelancers can use our LinkedIn profiles to tell the most compelling story of our unique careers. I even get a tour of their new London offices in The Guardian's old Farringdon Road building!  You can find Isabelle on LinkedIn here: lnkd.in/isa She's also on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/iroughol Speaking of career narratives, here's one I wrote earlier this month: https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-i-learned-about-career-pivots-from-being-laid-off-three-times Here's the piece on voice tech and my predictions for 2019 that I mention in the pod intro: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-things-ive-learnt-power-voice-3-predictions-2019-chakrabarti/ -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD   
Journalism should be fun - investigating burnout with John Crowley
"Just over 50% of journalists said they were 'overwhelmed' by information during their working day and wanted to 'explore solutions' to make it more manageable." That's the headline finding from John Crowley's survey on digital journalism and burnout, for the European Journalism Centre's News Impact Network.  John's now a freelance digital journalist and consultant, but his career began 20 years ago, as an editorial assistant on The Irish Post newspaper in London. He worked in that newsroom - which only had one computer with access to the internet - for five years, gaining lots of reporting experience and a few good anecdotes along the way.  Since then, he's edited on newspapers that were going digital, and been in charge of digital newsrooms for The Wall Street Journal, International Business Times UK and Newsweek.  He joins the podcast to talk about the causes of burnout in newsrooms, how this can affect freelancers trying to pitch, and what could help.  Also worth a look: Anne Helen Petersen's viral BuzzFeed essay, How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.  -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD 
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