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 Colorado data journalist specializing in politics. She's done work for the Colorado Sun, Colorado Independent, OpenSecrets, ESPN, Colorado Public Radio and others. She also teaches data journalism at University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Allison is a data journalist and graphics developer at Bloomberg News in New York. She specializes in creative data visualization and election graphics. Before she was at Bloomberg, she spent time at ProPublica, Stanford, The Center for Investigative Reporting and The PBS NewsHour. @anmccartney

  • Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, NPR and Reuters, and recommended by the Poynter Institute and the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. @samanthasunne

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