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Consumer watchdog: journalism in crisis and only public funding can help

Margaret Simons, Monash University Once upon a time, step onto a train and you could be pretty sure that most of the passengers would have their noses buried in newspapers. These days, commuters look at their phones. It’s a powerful example of how much digital platforms – particularly Google, Facebook and the like – have […]

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It’s all about rates, rates, rates

  • 24 January 2019
  • Earnings
  • Rosalyn Page

Rates are one of the most important parts of making a living, let’s say a financially viable living, from freelancing. Whether you’re a writer, designer, illustrator, video maker, animator, editor, content producer or any other type of creative in the media industry, it all comes down to your rates when you work for yourself. Yet […]

A few of my favourite things: 2018 edition

My last post for 2018 could focus on my first part-year back freelancing, but I’m not going to do that. Honestly, it’s been a mix of good, bad and downright depressing freelancing this year. I’ll formulate a post over the break after I’ve had time to collect my thoughts and when it’s time to look […]


Story Ideas: How do you keep coming up with new ones?

  • 7 November 2018
  • Creativity
  • Rosalyn Page

Ideas for new stories: they’re everywhere and nowhere. Sometimes, depending on the time of day, day of the week, week of the month and month of the year, I’m brimming with ideas and other times, I’m an idea-free zone. How to find ideas for your story pitch As a freelance writer or journalist, it’s part […]

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Creativity and creative thinking

Creativity Are you interested in creativity? My guess is that you probably have some need for creativity. It could be writing a book, creative art, cooking, craft or something else? Maybe it’s why you’re reading a blog post from a writer pondering the meaning and process of creativity in 2018. You don’t necessarily need a […]

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Freelance journalist

If I were starting out, what advice would I give my young self about becoming a freelance journalist? Dentistry looks like a good career move. In all honesty, it’s not an easy hustle working as a freelance journalist in 2018. It takes a lot of hustle and a lot of hard work, not to mention […]



  • 28 June 2018
  • Apps
  • Rosalyn Page

Scrivener. I’m going to declare that it’s one of my favourite writing apps. (I’m also going to declare that this is not a paid post and I don’t have any association with Scrivener, apart from being a fan.) So now that’s out of the way, I can explain what Scrivener is and how it works, […]

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Do you need an editorial calendar?

Everyone has gone content mad in 2018 and it’s leading to a new focus on the importance of having an editorial calendar. It’s been building for the last few years, but I’m going to go out on a limb and declare 2018 peak content. That is, until we get to 2019, and there’s a new […]

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Freelance Writing: How to Deal with Rejection

Freelancers, particularly those new to the game, have to deal with rejection, sometimes on a daily basis. Having your story pitch rejected or ignored is an inevitable part of the freelance writing life, but it can still be hard to deal with some days. If you wrote a list of the pros and cons of […]

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Freelance writing – is there still a career in it?

This is the question I’m asking myself at the moment. I’m taking stock of the media landscape and the world of freelance writing and editing after 10 years as a staff journalist. Freelance writing is not unfamiliar to me. I’ve spent almost 20 years working in the media and during that time I’ve worked freelance […]