How to build your freelance career in science journalism

This event is being run by our friends over at the Science Journalists Association of Australia who have extended an invitation to ASC members to join. We are grateful to the SJAA for this professional development opportunity for our members.

Bianca Nogrady will run two workshops covering everything you need to know to become a successful freelancer

April 4 and April 11
for current SJAA & ASC members

Bianca Nogrady's headshot
Bianca Nogrady, science journalist, former SJAA President & former ASC Vice President

Freelancing used to be viewed as something you did between in-house jobs. Now it’s a thriving, viable and exciting career path in science journalism that can give you flexibility, long-term security, and variety.

In this two-part online workshop, experienced freelance science journalist, Bianca Nogrady will cover everything you need to build and maintain a great career as a freelance science journalist, including:

  • the pros and cons of freelancing
  • setting up your business
  • working out your niche
  • starting out
  • finding stories
  • pitching
  • choosing when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’
  • the money questions
  • invoicing and getting paid
  • how to make yourself indispensable to editors

There will be lots of opportunity for questions, and this is aimed at everyone from early-career to established journalists. So come hang out and learn from one of the best.

The 1 hour sessions will be on Zoom for ASC & SJAA members. The recordings will be available for SJAA members only.

This opportunity is available for current members of the ASC and SJAA only. Members can register for one or both sessions below:

Session 1
4 April 2024; 1 hour online
7:30pm AEDT | 7:00pm ACDT | 6:30pm AEST | 6:00pm ACST | 4:30pm AWST

Session 2
11 April 2024; 1 hour online
7:30pm AEST | 7:00pm ACST | 5:30pm AWST

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This event is being run by our friends at the SJAA, and ASC members have been offered complementary access. We are grateful for the opportunity.

This is aligned with the ASC’s strategic priority of engaging with our friends and colleagues both here in Australia and overseas to deliver shared value where we can. We expect to see more shared member-only events with SJAA and with other peak bodies unlocked for ASC members into the future.

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