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Freelance Forum is a series of events to inform, educate and update freelance journalists in Ireland on the latest workplace and industry developments. The Forum is made possible by support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the National Union of Journalists.




Freelance Forum is a series of events to inform, educate and update freelance journalists in Ireland on the latest workplace and industry developments. The Forum is made possible by support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the National Union of Journalists.




Freelance Forum 54: Prof Dan Kennedy on Local News

Gerard Cunningham talks with Dan Kennedy, professor of Journalism at Northeastern University about the state of modern journalism, the future of local news, serving local communities, social media and journalism, and the possible impacts of "artificial intelligence" on newsrooms. You can follow Dan Kennedy on his blog, Media Nation:


Freelance Forum 53: February 2023

Freelance Forum podcast episode 53: February 2023 In the first part of this podcast, Gerard Cunningham spoke with Zlatina Siderova about the IJ4EU Freelancer Support Scheme. You can find more information about the scheme at The Freelancer Support Scheme is managed by the European Journalism Centre. The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is an international non-profit headquartered in the Netherlands, working to...


Freelance Forum 52: Kieran Fagan on self-publishing

Freelance Forum Autumn 2022 Episode 52: Freelance journalist and writer Kieran Fagan talks about his experience in self-publishing a non-fiction book on Amazon as a paperback and as an e-book on Kindle, and how it compares with traditional publishing. You can order "Who Killed Patricia Curran?" by Kieran Fagan at the links below: Paperback - e-book on Kindle -...


Freelance Forum 51: Text, Sound and Vision

Freelance Forum 51: Freelance journalist Kieran Fagan talks with Donal O'Donavan (Irish Independent business editor) and Liam Boyle (BAI) discuss pitching, selling ideas, and future changes to the BAI, including S+V and local reporting funds. Recorded at the Freelance Forum Autumn 2022 live event on 1 October 2022 in Grangegorman TUD.


Freelance Forum 50: The Future of Freelancing

Freelance Forum 50: Freelance journalist Stephanie Costello spoke with The Ditch editor Eoghan McNeill and Irish Secretary of the NUJ Seamus Dooley about the future of journalism and freelancing. Recorded at the Autumn 2022 Freelance Forum live event held on Saturday 1 October at the Technological University of Dublin Grangegorman campus.


Freelance Forum 49: Mastodon with Karlin Lillington

Freelance Forum 49: Freelance technology journalist Karlin Lillington talks about Mastodon and what the new wave of federated social networks could mean for journalists.


Freelance Forum 48: Investigative Journalism

Freelance Forum 48: Is Investigative Journalism Worth The Effort? Noteworthy Editor Maria Delaney, journalist Conall Ó Fátharta, and Roman Shortall (The Ditch) speak with Fiona Kenny. Recorded live on 1 October at Freelance Forum Autumn 2022 at Grangegorman TUD.


Freelance Forum 47: Transparency Ireland

Freelance Forum 47: John Devitt talks about the work of Transparency Ireland on public accountability, and how they work with journalists.


Freelance Forum 46: The European Parliament

Freelance Forum 46: Fionnuala Croker is a press officer at the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, where she has worked since March 2019. She talks about opportunities for freelance journalists in covering the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. Recorded at the Freelance Forum Autumn 2022 live event on 1 October 2022 in Grangegorman TUD.


Freelance Forum 45: Norma Costello

Freelance Forum 45: Journalist Norma Costello talks about reporting from conflict zones, the particular hazards it presents, and the effects of disinformation and propaganda efforts on journalism. You can follow Norma's Twitter feed at @NormCos


Freelance Forum 44: Darren Mooney

Freelance Forum 44: Darren Mooney talks about writing on popular culture, reviewing and covering comic books, television and film, pitching to overseas publishers, and writing a non-fiction book. Follow Darren on Twitter @Darren_Mooney, and learn more about his work at


Freelance Forum Autumn 2022: Promotion

Freelance Forum Autumn 2022: Promotion by Faduda


Freelance Forum 43: Manchán Magan

Freelance Forum 43: Manchán Magan talks about working as a travel journalist and writer, how travel journalism has changed since he began working in the field, and environmentally responsible travel journalism. You can follow @ManchanMagan on Twitter, check out his latest books on his website and don't forget to listen to his podcasts 'The Almanac of Ireland' and 'Home Stories'.


Freelance Forum 42: Rory Byrne of Security First

Freelance Forum 42: Rory Byrne of Security First Rory Byrne, co-founder of Security First talks about security measures for journalists. Rory Byrne is the founder of Security First, an organisation that specialises in helping journalists and activists manage their digital and physical security. His work has ranged from dealing with nation state attacks on media organisations to responding to the kidnap of freelance journalists in the field. You can download the Umbrella security app for free...


Freelance Forum 41: Commissioning Editors

Berni Dwan speaking with Irish Examiner news editor Deirdre O’Shaughnessy and Dublin Inquirer co-founder Sam Tranum about commissioning, the kind of stories they are looking for, and what kind of pitch catches their eye. Deirdre O’Shaughnessy is News Editor of the Irish Examiner. She worked as a journalist for 15 years in local print and broadcast media in Limerick, Galway and Cork. As a freelancer she has written news, features and opinion for the Sunday Business Post, Irish Times, the...


Freelance Forum 40: Writing Fiction

Rachael English, Cormac O'Keeffe and Margaret Ward discuss the challenges and opportunities for journalists in writing fiction. Recorded live at Spring 2022 Freelance Forum on 11 April 2022 at Grangegorman TUD. Rachael English is an Irish broadcaster and writer. Known for presenting Five Seven Live for six years, she has also presented other radio shows, such as RTÉ News at One, Today with Pat Kenny, The Marian Finucane Show and The Late Debate as well as a permanent presenter of Morning...


Freelance Forum 39: Padraig O'Morain

Padraig O'Morain talks about life after Covid, and re-entering the world after time spent in lockdowns and social distancing. Recorded live at the Spring 2022 Freelance Forum in Grangegorman TU Dublin on 11 April 2022.


Freelance Forum 38: Jennifer Duggan

Irish journalist and Time magazine editor Jennifer Duggan talks about pitching to American news and magazine outlets. Now based in Dublin, Jennifer is a climate and environment writer who has previously working in New York and China. You can follow @jenniduggan on Twitter.


Freelance Forum 37: Darren Boyle

Journalist Darren Boyle talks about writing fiction in the crime genre, how it differs from factual reporting and ghostwriting, publishing, the pitfalls of self-publishing, and the creative process.


Freelance Forum 36: Fergal Gallagher

Irish journalist Fergal Gallagher talks about working with ABC News, and about selling and pitching to US editors and producers.