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Friday, October 13 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Freedom, Flexibility and Fun: How to Thrive as a Freelance Journalist

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Do you crave freedom? Freedom to make more money, to work from anywhere, to take the reporting projects that excite you, to manage your time and to be your own boss? If so, freelancing might be the right gig for you. In just 45 minutes, we can give you the basics on quitting your day job.

In this conference session, we will cover understanding your appetite for risk and pioneering the right coverage niche. Learn how to work with editors, researchers and the new tools that can manage your production. Discover how to keep from getting sued in your new role. With 60 years of combined freelance writing experience on this panel, you can be sure to get the drop in the hot areas for indies, including analytics, developing non-media companies, and data-driven storytelling. Wanna go rogue? Giddyup, let’s get started.

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Jonathan Blum

Freelance journalist and author
Jonathan Blum is a professional independent technology writer, author and entrepreneur based in the New York City area. His work has appeared in TheStreet, CNNMoney, Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s New York Business and many others. He is author of What Works: The #DigitalSkeptic&rsquo... Read More →

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Alec Foege

Founder and director, Brookside Research LLC
Alec Foege is founder of Brookside Research a bespoke investigative business research firm located in Westport, CT. Prior to that, he wrote and edited for Rolling Stone, People, Fortune Small Business, The New York Times, and many others. He has published four books, including Th... Read More →
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David Hill

Vice president, National Writers Union
David Hill is the Vice President of the National Writers Union, Local 1981 UAW. He is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, This American Life, and elsewhere. In addition to his elected role with the NWU, he has been on staff or a member of nearly every labor union representing writers in America today, including the NewsGuild CWA and the Writers Guild of America, East. He lives in Nyack, New... Read More →
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Andrew Left

Founder and editor, Citron Research
Andrew Left is an an activist short seller, author and editor of Citron Research, which publishes reports on firms that he claims are overvalued or are engaged in fraud. Mr. Left is known for advising investors on short selling and has often appeared on various media outlets such... Read More →
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Helaine Olen

Author of Pound Foolish, co-author of The Index Card
Helaine Olen is an expert on money and society with a deep understanding of public policy. She writes, speaks and consults on issues including Social Security, retirement, healthcare, student loans and women’s financial issues. This year her byline has appeared in publications including The Nation, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Inc., the Los Angeles Times, among others. She's the author of the... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism - Room 308 219 W 40th St, Third Floor, New York, NY 10018