Newsmodo fills a gap in the freelance market

I recently signed up for newsmodo.com, a website created to become a kind of agent to facilitate contracts between news organisations and freelancers. As a registered freelancer, I can post pitches for articles I'd like to work on using a carefully formulaic set of criteria on the newsmodo website. The ad goes up like a… Continue reading Newsmodo fills a gap in the freelance market

The Man Booker Prize open to American authors – Now what happens?

Brisbane literary figures have expressed support for the Man Booker Prize’s decision to open the competition to any novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The prize had previously been open only to authors from the British Commonwealth, and some literary figures in the United Kingdom have expressed concern that American writers… Continue reading The Man Booker Prize open to American authors – Now what happens?

Nate Thayer is a Legend

Nate Thayer is an American freelance journalist who has worked all over the world and, in recent years, has focused more on North Korea. In March he wrote an article about basketball diplomacy in the country, following Dennis Rodham's visit to Kim Jong Un for the website nknews.org. After the article was published, Thayer received… Continue reading Nate Thayer is a Legend

I Don’t Think I Could Do Marissa Calligeros’ Job

In a media landscape of shrinking budgets and a growing necessity for immediacy in reporting, we're going to see more and more journalists with job descriptions like that of Marissa Calligeros from the Brisbane Times. Marissa is in charge of reporting breaking news for the Brisbane Times, and describes arriving on the scene of, say, a… Continue reading I Don’t Think I Could Do Marissa Calligeros’ Job

Politicians are still finding their feet online

Am I the only one who feels weird about politicians using social media? Maybe I'm still too young to be feeling this jaded, but every tweet, every Facebook post seems so obviously contrived, so carefully worded by handlers and probably focus-grouped three times over before pressing the blue button. Until they go home and do… Continue reading Politicians are still finding their feet online