My NUJ freelance training courses in September and October

Book now for for the next online editions of my National Union of Journalists freelance training courses, First steps in freelancing on 30 September and Winning and negotiating freelance work on 14 October. Click on a date for further information and booking.

First steps in freelancing: Friday 30 September. NUJ members £40, student members £30, non-members £110.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: Friday 14 October. NUJ members £50, student members £40, non-members £130.

Climate change stays above stormy British politics

As one of the first cohort of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, I was struck by how politically uncontentious climate change is in the UK compared with many other countries. For example, May saw Labor’s Anthony Albanese win power in Australia’s elections partly by promising to “end the climate wars” and accelerate action to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading “Climate change stays above stormy British politics”

Online NUJ freelance training in July

Booking is now open for the next online editions of my National Union of Journalists freelance training courses in July. Click on a date for further information and booking.

First steps in freelancing: Friday 8 July. NUJ members £40, student members £30, non-members £110.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: Friday 22 July. NUJ members £50, student members £40, non-members £130.

Adding climate to the journalistic environment

I am one of the first cohort of journalists in the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, run by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute. This involves taking part in a series of online seminars and discussions with journalists from around the world.

Our first seminar was by the Reuters Institute’s Wolfgang Blau, former chief operating officer of Condé Nast and co-founder of the network. (He has since delivered a public lecture covering the same ground, which you can read here.) Blau pointed out how badly climate change fits with journalistic (and perhaps human attention) values: it’s not new, it’s not local, it’s not simple, it’s not usually personal, it’s a long-term process rather than a specific event and it’s hard to get an exclusive out of it. Continue reading “Adding climate to the journalistic environment”

Face-to-face freelance NUJ training is back

After two years online, my courses on working as a freelance journalist will return to the National Union of Journalists’ London headquarters this spring. It will be great to be back in the training room.

First steps in freelancing: Friday 29 April, NUJ members £60, student members £50 and non-members £110. Booking and more information here.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: Friday 13 May, NUJ members £70, student members £60 and non-members £130. Booking and more information here.

I will deliver online versions of these courses over the summer, followed by further face-to-face sessions in the autumn. The last two years of online-only training saw people joining sessions from across the UK and Ireland, as well as countries including Denmark, France and Spain. The wider access that online courses allow looks worth retaining, so the plan is to do some of both.