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Our 9 free resources to boost your freelancer skills


Our 9 free resources to boost your freelancer skills

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Kiril Stoimenov — Marketing and Communications Manager
February 13, 2024

Committed to supporting European journalism, we are sharing more helpful insights for freelance journalists.

Following the recent IJ4EU grants announcement, we understand the importance of equipping freelancers with the proper tools.

Download our comprehensive set of 9 resources:

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1) A freelancer’s guide to reporting on poverty

To report on poverty effectively, we need to include the voices of those experiencing it. Poverty is often mistakenly attributed to personal failure, but accurate reporting can dispel this myth and offer new hope or insight.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

2) A freelancer’s guide to reporting on climate change

Freelance journalists cover diverse environmental stories, building skills to engage audiences. They amplify the voices of those impacted by climate change, hold governments accountable, and explore solutions to crises. It's a beat that tells the story of humanity's greatest challenge.

3) A freelancer’s guide to reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to transform our world. They are a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice and prosperity. Each goal includes targets to track progress towards the 2030 deadline. Freelance journalists can specialise in a specific goal or set of goals for new career prospects.

4) A freelancer’s guide to solutions journalism

Journalists often report on problems, but exploring solutions offers a different approach. Investigating communities and finding solutions can help freelancers stand out, find new angles to stories, and establish themselves as experts. Focusing on positive solutions differentiates freelancers and improves career prospects.

5) A freelancer’s guide to reporting on refugees and migration

Millions of people have left their homes due to conflicts, crises, and threats. Freelance journalists can cover migration and refugees to tell powerful stories and promote cultural understanding. It's also an opportunity to question systems governing the rights of refugees and migrants.

IJ4EU's Freelancer Support Scheme provides grants to cross-border teams of journalists made up predominantly of freelancers who can benefit from an extra layer of tailored support. The scheme will provide around €500,000 in grants in 2024/25, along with training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

6) How freelance journalists can battle mis- and disinformation in the news

It's crucial for freelance journalists to verify facts and combat misinformation.

7) A freelancer’s guide on gender and identity

In this guide, you will find tips and practical tools for journalists covering gender issues and those interested in improving gender balance in their stories.

8) Negotiation for freelance journalists (Webinar)

Fee negotiation is vital for freelance journalists. In this one-hour webinar, Katharina Jakob will guide you on how to negotiate better fees and build long-term, mutually satisfactory relationships with clients.

9) Copyright and intellectual property for freelance journalists

Do you want to learn how to safeguard your copyrights and reduce the risk of infringement? Freelancers need to comprehend their rights over their creative content and take measures to protect them, particularly in the fast-evolving digital landscape.


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