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Starting as a freelance journalist with SA Mathieson


October / 19 / Thu  @  10:30 am  -  October / 19 / Thu  @  4:30 pm




NUJ members resident in Wales £5.00
NUJ Member - Not resident in Wales £10.00
Members of other unions resident in Wales £15.00
Non-union members resident in Wales £15.00
Non-residents of Wales £30.00


NUJ Cymru Training Wales,
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Moving to freelance journalism can be daunting. This one-day course is designed to help those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so.

It will provide you with practical advice on your first steps as a freelance, including how to win work and negotiate terms. You will find out what you need to do to get from your first freelance commission to your first payment; think up ideas and pitch them; and learn ways to ask for more money.

The course, which is based on two one-day courses run regularly for the NUJ nationally, also includes advice on taking care of your health, setting up an office, IT, marketing, pensions and ideas on how to develop your freelance business once it is up and running.


This is an online course, run on the Zoom platform. Please note our courses are not recorded. See our full terms and conditions at for more information about our booking procedures, cancellation policy and more.

About the trainer – SA Mathieson

SA Mathieson has worked as a freelance journalist full-time for well over a decade. He has commissioned freelancers as an editor including for a section of the Guardian’s website; run training courses for the NUJ, the Federation of Entertainment Unions and corporate clients; and lectures on data journalism at Birkbeck, University of London. He lives in north-west Oxfordshire, just 80 miles from the Welsh border.

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