Journalism Masterclasses and Events

As well as our online resources, we’re committed to holding and attending as many practical and accessible events as we possibly can, both online and in person. Our sessions are practical and open to all, with the aim of giving as many people as possible access to hands-on-advice from professionals across the industry.

Every month we curate two to three masterclass sessions online – sometimes this is a panel, sometimes is a workshop, or it could be mixture of the two. Either way, the focus is on practical skills and things you can take away.

Previous speakers have included Kuba Shand-Baptitse of Independent Voices, Nicola Slawson of the Single Supplement, Ellen Scott of Metro.co.uk, freelancer Victoria Sanusi and many more.

Tickets cost just £4 per session, and include a copy of the recording, a live Q&A, and additional reading materials. This money covers the cost of paying our speakers for their time – and we always reserve free tickets for people of colour, disabled writers, and those who aren’t able to afford it.

To reserve a free space, or to chat to us about future events, drop our director an email on jem@journoresources.org.uk.

What’s Coming Up…

We refresh our programme every month, so do check back regularly if there’s nothing that takes your fancy at the moment.

Questions

Got things you want to know about our events series? You’ve come to the right place.

What Do People Say About Your Events?

Good things! Hundreds of people have attended our online masterclass series so far, and to do date everyone who has taken a feedback survey has rated our events four or five out of five. Plus, they all say they’ve gained new skills or ideas as a direct result. We’ve also had some more direct feedback too – here are just a few:

“Thanks for facilitating such an illuminating and valuable session yesterday. I’ve found it difficult to motivate myself to pitch during lockdown and I finally sent off some ideas to commissioning editors this morning based on your advice.”

“Off the back of advice from the panellists, I have found and joined a number of Facebook and other social media communities relevant to my blog, and have already received lots of engagement and advice, and this has really grown my confidence to blog more and really make a go of it.”

We’re also available to come and talk at your events too! Here are a few reviews from some of our previous clients:

“Jem came to Queen Mary to do a freelancing masterclass and the students were more than happy listening to her advice and knowledge. She answered all questions and gave the students some self-belief that they can succeed with freelancing. We had 100% positive feedback and by the next day, two of our students were paid freelances.”
Christine Stokes, Student Activities Co-Ordinator

“I’ve seen Jem give talks and present awards several times now, most notably at the Student Publication Association Awards. Jem is fun, engaging, and understands the tone of an event (be it debauched or distinctly serious. I’d highly recommend her as a host or speaker at any event.”
Richard Brooks, Former NUS Vice-President

Why Is There A Fee To Come To Your Online Events?

One of the key things we believe at Journo Resources is that everyone should be paid fairly for their work, and that extends to the people we ask to speak at our events. The majority of our speakers are external, and will be taking a day out of their schedule to prepare, take part in the event, and send reading materials.

However, we also believe that everyone should have access to these kinds of events without having to pay the sky high fees you see elsewhere. That’s why we only charge a maximum of £4 for our online events, which is split equally between our speakers for their time – we’re not making a profit off these events.

We also reserve free spaces for people of colour, disabled writers, or those who are otherwise unable to afford it – in short, everyone is able to attend as many of our events as they would like even if they don’t pay for them.

What Does An Event Ticket Include?

Your event ticket isn’t just a chance to watch from the audience! Every ticket to our online series includes:

  • A live online seat at the workshop, with the chance to ask questions and interact live,
  • The chance to submit questions in advance if you can’t make it on the day,
  • A full copy of the recording to watch on-demand,
  • A recap resources sheet of key takeaways and advice from the panel.

Are Your Events Just For People In The UK & Ireland?

No! As we’ve expanded into the online events space, this means our events are now open to everyone. We run events on British time and in English, but we always make recorded tickets available, if you’re not able to listen in your time zone.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that as our speakers are primarily based within the UK and Republic of Ireland, you may find advice in some topic areas is more relevant to audience members in that country.