Journalist of the month: Shaun Swingler

This month, we feature South African freelance multimedia journalist Shaun Swingler, who reports mostly on crime and social issues from his base in Cape Town.

Jessica Weiss | March 16, 2015

Tools for planning high-risk reporting assignments

The Rory Peck Trust offers resources including templates for assessing risk, crafting a communications plan and filing a proof of life document. 

Sherry Ricchiardi | March 09, 2015

Global coalition sets safety standards for freelance journalists

Media watchdogs, freelance journalists and major news outlets released the guidelines both for freelancers and newsrooms that commission their work, and so far 30 organizations have signed on. 

Sherry Ricchiardi | February 25, 2015

Tumblr drives major traffic for news site Mic

How Mic uses Tumblr to generate traffic, Twitter launches Tweetdeck Teams, freelancers face a tough market and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

IJNet | February 20, 2015

Best practices for drawing up a freelance contract

Navigating the freelance world can be difficult. Columbia Visuals walks you through the process of drafting a freelance contract.

Joanna Plucinska | January 06, 2015

Story pitching tips from someone who reads them for a living

The founder of Storyhunter, a platform that connects freelancers to publishers, offers advice on how to write a pitch that will catch an editor's eye and get you hired. 

Jessica Weiss | December 01, 2014

How to craft a communications plan for high-risk reporting assignments

Any journalist working on assignment should put in place a solid communications plan. But for freelancers “going it alone,” it’s a potential life-saver. Here are some key things to consider when completing yours.

Andrew Ford Lyons | November 28, 2014

Freelance journalist gets insight into insular Myanmar

IJNet chats with British journalist Hereward Holland, who has penned assignments in Myanmar for National Geographic, Al Jazeera and more.

Les Neuhaus | October 20, 2014

BBC makes its training resources free to the public in 11 languages

If you're in the market for a free journalism education, hundreds of training materials are now at your disposal.

Margaret Looney | June 30, 2014

What newsrooms wish students learned in journalism school

Educators met with journalists working in newsrooms to discuss what's missing in journalism education and how to fill the gaps.

Margaret Looney | June 17, 2014