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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 https://kmkuehn.com/

Katheleen’s book The Post-Snowden Era- Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/the-post-snowden-era 

Twitter:@kathleenkr 

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

https://bethkirkbride.com/

Twitter: @BettyKirkers and @indie_pendent

Resources

Academics Anonymous, The Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/education/series/academics-anonymous

The Indiependent https://www.indiependent.co.uk/

The Indiependent - writer of the month https://www.indiependent.co.uk/?s=writer+of+the+month

Press pad https://presspad.co.uk/

JournoResources https://www.journoresources.org.uk/

Journalism co.uk podcast: Robyn Vinter, founder of The Overtake, on closing down the publication https://www.journalism.co.uk/podcast/robyn-vinter-founder-of-the-overtake-on-closing-down-the-website/s399/a795339/

Article by Lily in The Overtake: Baking a difference

https://www.lilycanter.co.uk/lifestyle/the-overtake-baking-a-difference/

Information on rates of pay https://www.journoresources.org.uk/freelance-rates/ and https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-salaries-how-much-journalists-paid/

NUJ freelance fees guide http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php

NUJ rates for the job http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/index.php

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