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Should you work for free?
Episode 2210th March 2021 • Freelancing for Journalists • Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson
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In the second episode of series 4 we speak to a consumer culture scholar from the Victoria University of Wellington, and the founder and editor of The Indiependent about whether you should ever work for free. 

Dr Kathleen Kuehn, senior lecturer in media studies, talks us through the prevalence of  ‘hope-labour’ and Beth Kirkbride, a freelance journalist, and editor at The Indiependent, discusses how the nuances of working for free need to be explored. 

The Guests

Dr Kathleen Kuehn

Katheleen’s book The Post-Snowden Era- Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand 


Bethany Kirkbride, Freelance journalist and Founder and editor of The Indiependent

Twitter: @BettyKirkers and @indie_pendent


Academics Anonymous, The Guardian

The Indiependent

The Indiependent - writer of the month

Press pad


Journalism podcast: Robyn Vinter, founder of The Overtake, on closing down the publication

Article by Lily in The Overtake: Baking a difference

Information on rates of pay and

NUJ freelance fees guide

NUJ rates for the job

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.