The J Word 4.7: Freelancing Digital News
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Freelancing requires a lot of heavy lifting. In this episode, Christian-Ramón Marín-Sanchiz from the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, in Spain, gives us an overview of how it feels to be a freelancer today, while Mushfique Wadud from University of Colorado Boulder discusses the risks of covering climate change in South Asia. Also, Xu Jhang from the University of Minnesota-Duluth talks about the role of freelancing “foreign news,” and Rachel Moran from the University of Washington helps us understand how platforms, such as Slack, not only help newsrooms open to publics, but to freelancers.

Text Featured in this Episode:
Marín-Sanchiz, C. R., Carvajal, M., & González-Esteban, J. L. (2021). Survival Strategies in Freelance Journalism: An Empowering Toolkit to Improve Professionals’ Working Conditions. Journalism Practice, 1-24.

Wadud, M. (2021). Precariously Employed Climate Journalists the Challenges of Freelance Climate Journalists in South Asia. Journalism Practice, 1-19.

Moran, R. E. (2021). Subscribing to transparency: Trust-building within virtual newsrooms on slack. Journalism Practice15(10), 1580-1596.

Zhang, X., & Jenkins, J. M. (2021). Journalism Idealists: Influences on Freelancers in the Foreign News-gathering Process. Journalism Practice, 1-18.


Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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