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Trolling and online abuse
Episode 2317th March 2021 • Freelancing for Journalists • Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson
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We speak to two freelance journalists about how to handle and navigate negative feedback, criticism and online abuse. 

Jess Evans, fashion journalist, lecturer and founder of the Freelance Sessions talks about how to deal with negativity whilst JR Moores discusses how a band review sparked a Twitter spat with unexpected consequences.

Please note this was recorded on March 2nd 2021.

The guests

Jessica Hope Evans @jesshopeevans

Instagram @thefreelancesessions


JR Moores @spinal_bap


New book Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music from 1968 to the Present, published by Reaktion Books, September 2021


Lily’s experience of below the line comments on Hold the Front Page 

JR’s review that ended up on a T-shirt

Dan Lucas’s review on Drowned in Sound

Recent survey for The International Centre for Journalists documenting online attacks on women information and report

Courtney Tenz presentation on online harassment at Berlin Media Convention 2019

Nadine White, HuffPost reporter attacked by Government minister after asking questions about the Covid-19 vaccination campaign

Jen Williams Manchester Evening News journalist targeted by the government on Twitter after reporting on defunding of homelessness project

Yorkshire Post editors support journalist in the face of government attack over story

Places where you can get support in you are experiencing online abuse as a freelancer:

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