Scriptwriter, Daniel Barnett

Location: Remote Working
Salary details: £100 per 1,000 words
Closes: 10/09/2021
  • Freelance Gig
  • Part-Time
  • Starting Out

Hi, I’m Daniel Barnett, a barrister based in London and a presenter on LBC. I have a YouTube channel containing ‘explainer’ videos across a wide range of legal topics, explaining the law in bite-size chunks to those who cannot afford legal advice.

I’m looking for one or two people to write scripts for me, which I will turn into YouTube videos.

The Job

  • You can write short, snappy scripts in plain English: The law can be complicated; I need you to research consumer issues, landlord & tenant issues, criminal law, family law, and other areas, breaking it down into simple language and avoiding jargon.
  • You double-check everything: If you find something on a website, you need to check the original statute.  So if something you read refers to s9 Consumer Rights Act 2015, you need to check the actual statute to make sure it does, indeed, say what you think it says.
  • You’ll never, ever, plagiarise – not even as a shortcut: There are lots of good guides out there, for example Citizens’ Advice and Shelter have some fantastic guides explaining the law.  You must never cut and paste these guides, or copy even small sections of them. Ever. It’s unethical and wrong.
  • Ideally, you know something about the legal system: It’ll be nice if you’re familiar with basic concepts of UK law, for example you know a case name is written as ‘Bloggs v Smith’, not ‘Bloggs versus Smith’, and you’d shiver in horror if you saw a video which had images of gavels or other US symbols.  But this one isn’t a dealbreaker for me; the right person will be able to learn this pretty quickly.

The Job

Your commitment: I am looking for two or three scripts a week, along with other bits of miscellaneous writing.  I will probably ask two people to share the load, so I will normally ask you to produce one script a week, and I will always have capacity for more if you want to do more.  I anticipate a minimum of five hours’ work a week (for each of the two appointees), and up to fifteen hours a week if you want more.

Script Length:  The majority of scripts will be between 750 and 1,250 words.  Although it might take a little longer at the beginning, that will typically take most people about 4-6 hours to research and write depending on the topic.

Status:  You will be self-employed, sending us an invoice each month

Remuneration: £100 per 1,000 words (excluding image suggestions), pro rata, rounded to the nearest £5

Image suggestions: it is helpful if, when writing articles, you can suggest any relevant images to the video editors (who will be adding ‘B’ roll after I film it).

Applying: please use the button below, explaining in <300 words why you are a good fit for this role, and including the title of a recent video from my channel as the first line of your email.  Please don’t send a CV at this stage.  We’ll select three or four candidates, ask you to write a test piece (which we’ll pay you for), and then pick the best two. Please mention Journo Resources when you apply, it really helps us out.

Closing: Friday, 10 September 2021 at 5pm