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Episode 2424th March 2021 • Freelancing for Journalists • Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson
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In this episode we speak to two freelance journalists, one who has no formal journalism training and the other who studied on an NCTJ accredited degree.

Anna Turns, a freelance environmental journalist, talks to us about her self-taught route into journalism and how each turn of her career informed her storytelling.  Chandni Sembhi, a freelance digital journalist, who runs So you want to be a journalist? Instagram account, discusses how her university course gave her confidence to start out in journalism. 

The Guests

Chandni Sembhi

Instagram: @soyouwanttobeajournalist

Twitter: @chandnisembhi

Anna Turns 

Twitter: @AnnaTurns



Mark Grist podcast

Lily Canter research examining the value of accredited journalism courses:

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited courses

NCTJ qualifications (incl. diploma and national qualification in journalism)

Masters in print journalism

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BTJC) accredited courses

Professional Publishers Association (PPA)

News associates course

Freelancing for Journalists training course

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)  training courses

Guild of food writers

Women in Journalism training

International Women’s Day Webinar with Terri White and Jane Garvey

Freelancing for Journalists is sponsored by The ResponseSource Journalist Enquiry Service which connects you, the journalist, with PRs and organisations to secure expert comment, case studies and information for independent editorial, free of charge. ResponseSource puts you in touch with experts and PR contacts across all sectors, saving you hours of research and helping you meet your deadlines.