Freelancers' roundtable

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sandra Fish of independent journalist; Samantha Sunne of independent journalist; Allison McCartney of Bloomberg News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Del Mar
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

A freelancer has to juggle more than the average reporter - long lead time, high expectations, a wide variety of tasks and deadlines (or sometimes worse, no deadlines). Join the conversation and discuss how to know when you have a good enough story to pitch? How deep do you dive before you know you're getting paid? How do you build sources without a household name? A few freelance investigative reporters with experience in these areas will share their own tips and take questions from the audience - past, current and prospective freelancers welcome.

Speaker Bios

  • Sandra Fish is a data journalist specializing in politics. She's crunched numbers for The Colorado Sun, Colorado Public Radio, ESPN, and created a site to track political messages in 2018: @fishnette

  • Allison is a graphics developer at Bloomberg News in New York where she most recently worked on election coverage and live results for the 2018 midterm elections. She's previously worked at ProPublica, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, CIR/Reveal and The PBS NewsHour. In addition to data and web development, she also has a background in drawing and printmaking. @anmccartney

  • Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the recipient of three national grants for investigative reporting and a frequent speaker at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists. @samanthasunne

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