Freelance Pod

Freelance Pod

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Stories of news, creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio 4 | Newsletter: suchandrika.substack.com | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_


From the Egyptian revolution to pandemic lockdown, with Kim Fox of The American University in Cairo
Jul 10 • 19 min
In 2011, two years after American radio producer and reporter Kim Fox had moved to Cairo to take up a teaching role at The American University of Cairo, the Egyptian Revolution happened, in response to increasing police brutality on what would turn out to…
“Dialling down the feminism” with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes
Jun 30 • 25 min
Alex Bertulis-Fernandes is a comedian and writer. She’s been doing stand-up for the past year, and she is writing a memoir while being mentored on the Penguin WriteNow mentoring scheme*. We met at the late, much-loved Clean Prose writers’ space a few…
“Grief is an incredibly creative experience” - Author Flora Baker on self-publishing The Adult Orphan Club
Jun 18 • 33 min
Freelance writer and author Flora Baker has combined memoir and a self-help guide in her first book, The Adult Orphan Club. Flora lost her mother at 20, and her father at 30, just a few years ago. We ‘met’ via the Young Orphans Whatsapp group, although…
MEL Magazine deputy editor Alana Levinson on what The Great Solicited Dick Pic Experiment reveals about digital journalism
Jun 12 • 33 min
MEL Magazine’s deputy editor Alana Levinson joins me on this episode to talk about how necessary editing is for good writing - but it’s been devalued in a digital world where any of us can press publish whenever we like. And yes, she also delves into the…
From Anonymous Animals to Animal Crossing: Marie Foulston’s lockdown party in a spreadsheet
May 28 • 31 min
When I saw Marie Foulston’s tweet about the lockdown houseparty that she threw in a spreadsheet, I knew that I had to invite her onto the podcast to hear all about it! Marie is now a freelance creative producer and playful curator, and was most recently…
“Content is one of the beautiful things about the internet” - Book editor Parul Bavishi on writing in a pandemic
May 15 • 23 min
Joining The Writers’ Hour every morning for one week early on in lockdown helped me break through the cobwebs and write the outline of the book that I’ve been working on for the past year, in fits and starts. I used the hour to write longhand, which…
Imposter syndrome, social media and getting through a pandemic lockdown
Apr 29 • 29 min
We’re tackling some big subjects on this episode of Freelance Pod: imposter syndrome, how social media leads to ‘compare and despair’ and how living under a pandemic lockdown affects our sense of self. Joining me for this episode is Dr. Richard…
Live show with Smoke & Mirrors author Gemma Milne at The Boulevard Theatre Soho
Mar 23 • 59 min
This is the live show from November 2019, when author Gemma Milne joined me onstage at the beautiful Boulevard Theatre in Soho, London. Gemma’s book Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It is available for pre-order now, and…
Grieving our mothers online, with author Rachel Vorona Cote
Nov 13, 2019 • 35 min
Author Rachel Vorona Cote joins Suchandrika Chakrabarti on Freelance Pod’s first birthday episode, to talk about grieving in a digital age. We first spoke after I read Rachel’s Longreads piece, The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning, earlier this year.…
“A box of neon sex delights” - Standard Issue meets Freelance Pod at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho
Oct 28, 2019 • 58 min
It’s a Standard Issue x Freelance Pod crossover episode! I met up with Jen Offord, Mickey Noonan and Hannah Dunleavy at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho, to talk about our upcoming live shows there, how the internet has changed journalism, feminism and what…
“During war, all relationships are temporary” - London Podcast Festival live show with Syrian refugee, Abdulwahab Tahhan
Oct 6, 2019 • 91 min
This very special episode of Freelance Pod was recorded in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival in September 2019! Pod fave Abdulwahab Tahhan returns for this 90-minute episode, in conversation on-stage at Kings Place with host…
The Telegraph’s head of social, Beth Ashton, on news in a multi-platform age
Sep 2, 2019 • 70 min
Beth Ashton, The Telegraph’s head of social media, kindly invited me over to their offices to tell me about how they do… social media. Traditionally, The Tele’s newspaper readers have been amongst the oldest in the UK, which should present a challenge to…
BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Amanda Litherland on her Podcast Radio Hour, comedy and interviewing
Aug 25, 2019 • 36 min
BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Podcast Radio Happy Hour has become another way to discover great podcasts, as well as an opportunity for some lucky podcasters to get heard on the radio. Host and producer Amanda Litherland came up with the idea a few years ago, and…
Guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019 with programmer Zoe Jeyes
Aug 20, 2019 • 45 min
Here it is, the Freelance Pod guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019, with programmer Zoë Jeyes! Zoë is Deputy MD and Comedy Programmer at Kings Place, and has been working there since it opened 11 years ago. A longtime podcast fan, she first floated…
Former Sunday Times Style editor Jackie Annesley on swapping newspapers for tech
Aug 11, 2019 • 49 min
“I loved being a journalist,” writes Jackie Annesley in a frank essay about losing her last job in journalism, as editor of The Sunday Times Style supplement. While there, she commissioned the PanDolly podcast; it’s now better known by its second name,…
Matt Cooke of Google News Labs still buys his local newspaper
Jul 22, 2019 • 37 min
Matt Cooke is Head of Partnerships & Training, Google News Lab, part of the Google News Initiative. Google News has been a major factor in completely changing how news is indexed, distributed, discovered and consumed. That’s because the internet has…
“Being a refugee is a dream come true” - preview of London Podcast Festival live recording with Syrian comic Abdulwahab Tahhan
Jul 14, 2019 • 21 min
Did you know that there’s a Freelance Pod live event at the London Podcast Festival in September? Yup, alongside big hitters like The Guilty Feminist, Have You Heard George’s Podcast and The Allusionist, Freelance Pod is going to have its first live…
Why Jenny Stallard is launching Freelance Feels on National Freelancers Day
Jun 20, 2019 • 31 min
Journalist, author and founder of the soon-to-be-launched Freelance Feels, Jenny Stallard joins me on the podcast to talk about her career moving from print to digital, her freelancing journey and why freelancers need to more vigilant about our mental…
Delia Cai’s Deez Links is a Snapchat streak that grew up to be a newsletter
Jun 7, 2019 • 34 min
Deez Links is “a dailyish link to cool shit happening in & around the media industry.” Each day, Delia Cai - also Growth & Trends Editor at Buzzfeed - sends out one link. Just one link. She really sells it, in the way you’d want a particularly…
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones on Black Mirror Season 5
May 31, 2019 • 20 min
We’ve got a new season of Black Mirror on Netflix, so here are Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones to talk us through Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, Smithereens and Striking Vipers. They also take the piss out of each other and make me LOL. Don’t worry, there…
Mental Health Awareness Week and The Colour of Madness, with Dr Samara Linton
May 19, 2019 • 40 min
This episode for Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK features Dr Samara Linton, and will be out later today. She tells me about putting together The Colour of Madness, the book that she co-edited. It’s about the black and minority ethnic experience of…
When news met the internet, with Twitter’s Director of Curation, Joanna Geary - Part Two
May 12, 2019 • 32 min
It’s part two of my interview with Twitter’s Director of Curation, Joanna Geary. She takes us through her career from working at The Guardian to starting out at Twitter in 2013, with loads of great insight on how the journalism industry has tried and…
When news met the internet, with Twitter’s Director of Curation, Joanna Geary - Part One
May 7, 2019 • 36 min
Joanna Geary started out as a print journalist in 2004 - as a business reporter on the Birmingham Post - and ended up in charge of Twitter’s Curation team in 2017. That’s a job and a company that didn’t exist when she started her career. From blogging in…
What journalists should know about content marketing, with Contently’s Deanna Cioppa
Apr 22, 2019 • 43 min
Every freelancer I’ve interviewed for this podcast - or just met in the past 11.5 months of freelancing - has worn multiple work hats. It’s just the way of things, as freelance consumer journalism is very unlikely to pay the bills to live in a major…
Podcasts and newsletters go together, with Caroline Crampton
Apr 15, 2019 • 34 min
If you’re a keen podcast listener, you might recognise Caroline’s name from the Hot Pod newsletter, or, since yesterday, from The Browser’s daily inbox offering. Podcasts and newsletters have a lot in common: each one develops its own voice and character,…
Freelance Pod on BBC Radio 4’s Podcast Radio Hour
Apr 8, 2019 • 9 min
Bonus mini-episode! Freelance Pod was featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Podcast Radio Hour! Host Amanda Litherland and guest Renay Richardson listened to a clip from the third episode of the podcast, Music sounds better with you, feat. BBC 6 Music producer…
Less journalistic objectivity, more activism, with Lewis Raven Wallace
Mar 31, 2019 • 42 min
Two years ago, audio producer Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job at a radio programme made by American Public Media. He’d refused to take down a blogpost he had written in response to Donald Trump’s recent inauguration. As a member of a…
Always Be Learning, with The Writing Coach Podcast’s Rebecca L. Weber
Mar 24, 2019 • 29 min
This episode’s guest is writer, coach and podcaster Rebecca L. Weber. Born and raised in Boston, Rebecca takes us along on her journey from the US to South Africa, and from teaching to journalism to teaching writers to build freelance businesses, and…
How social media changes the world, with journalist and trainer Sue Llewellyn
Mar 17, 2019 • 27 min
This episode’s guest is ex-BBC journalist turned social media trainer and content strategist Sue Llewellyn of Ultra Social! Sue takes us on a whirlwind tour of how social media has changed work, and the world! Covering everything from training the England…
International Women’s Day 2019 compilation
Mar 7, 2019 • 33 min
It’s International Women’s Day 2019, and so I decided to celebrate all the amazing female guests who’ve been on the pod, plus tease you with a few voices from upcoming episodes. Enjoy!
Why Anna Codrea-Rado wrote the Fair Pay For Freelancers open letter
Mar 2, 2019 • 30 min
Anna Codrea-Rado is the author of the free First Aid for Freelancers e-book, The Professional Freelancer weekly newsletter and she’s the brains behind the huge #FairPayForFreelancers campaign. In a climate where editorial jobs are less safe than ever,…
You own the narrative of your career, with LinkedIn’s Isabelle Roughol
Feb 23, 2019 • 45 min
Isabelle Roughol is senior editor-at-large at LinkedIn. She joined the company in 2012 and built a global news team working in seven languages across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. We talk about working in newspapers; what it takes to set up…
Journalism should be fun - investigating burnout with John Crowley
Feb 16, 2019 • 34 min
“Just over 50% of journalists said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by information during their working day and wanted to ‘explore solutions’ to make it more manageable.” That’s the headline finding from John Crowley’s survey on digital journalism and burnout, for…
Graffiti was analogue internet, with Creative Rebels podcast co-host David Speed
Feb 9, 2019 • 62 min
Graffiti artist in the 90s, now a street artist in the teenies, David Speed has just scored a major podcasting victory with his with his co-presenter Adam Brazier: Creative Rebels has been out for a month, and already shot to No.1 in Apple Podcasts’…
From The Guardian to Vogue, via freelancing - with Laura Oliver
Feb 3, 2019 • 32 min
Digital strategist & journalist Laura Oliver (https://twitter.com/LauraOliver) is currently acting Head of Audience Growth at Vogue International, and was Head of Social and Community at The Guardian, until she went freelance two years ago, following…
Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 - behind the scenes with producer Leona Fensome
Jan 28, 2019 • 33 min
Producer Leona Fensome (https://twitter.com/leonafenzo) guests on the podcast to tell us about working on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Leona gives us the inside track on working with Jane Garvey, how ticking a few diversity boxes as a journalist can work…
Whatsapp has transformed foreign reporting, says Jennifer O’Mahony
Jan 21, 2019 • 36 min
British freelance journalist Jennifer O’Mahony (Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaomahony) is now based in West Africa - mostly in Dakar, Senegal - and her job would be much harder without Whatsapp. However, it was a very different situation in the last…
Bandersnatch interview with Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker
Jan 12, 2019 • 22 min
I sat down with Charlie Brooker this week to profile him for New Statesman. The piece is called ‘Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker on using Bandersnatch for politics: “That’s the fantasy, isn’t it?”’ We talked about Bandersnatch, 80s music, how much his kids…
Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology, with Dr Bishakha Chowdhury
Dec 29, 2018 • 30 min
Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We’re just going to have to live with that. One thing we’ll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication are central to every path that Stefan…
Inside Black Mirror interview with Charlie Brooker
Dec 27, 2018 • 12 min
Netflix has finally released the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch! What’s a Black Mirror Event? Nobody knows, but looks like we’ll be finding out at about 8am GMT tomorrow… To help with the Season 5 anticipation, here’s an interview I did with…
Celebrating 30 years of the internet with the love lives of gay men and filmmaker Oli Mason
Dec 24, 2018 • 35 min
I’ve known this episode’s guest a long time, since we were both undergraduates at Oxford back in the Noughties. Oli’s made an impressive number of short films over the decade since graduating. He’s also been made redundant three times (same as me!), so…
Chaos with Ed Miliband’s podcast! Featuring producer Emma Corsham
Dec 21, 2018 • 42 min
All the Brexit palaver has sent the political news cycle spinning faster than ever, but there’s one politician who’s having a gentle bit of fun with it: Ed Miliband. Aside from a lot of cheeky tweeting, he’s got a successful weekly podcast called Reasons…
Movies are the memories of our lifetime, with film critic Ryan Gilbey
Dec 9, 2018 • 28 min
This week’s guest is film critic Ryan Gilbey, who’s a self-confessed “creature of print,” as he started out on The Independent’s film desk 24 years ago, after winning a competition. He now writes for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and New Statesman. Ryan…
Music sounds better with you, feat. BBC 6 Music producer Shola Aleje
Dec 2, 2018 • 49 min
This episode’s guest is radio and podcast producer Shola Aleje. Shola works on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show, as well as producing podcasts for Emma Gannon, Cherry Healey and Bestival. We recorded in Shola’s London living room, which has a gorgeous…
Divided by a common language, with Mother Jones’ Jordan Gass-Poore’
Nov 25, 2018 • 22 min
This week’s guest is Jordan Gass-Poore’, who’s currently working for US liberal magazine Mother Jones in New York. Jordan grew up in Texas, and has worked as a journalist in her hometown, in New York and in London. She’s also studied journalism in the US…
Podcasts are kind of a big deal, with audio expert Christina H. Moore
Nov 18, 2018 • 37 min
The first guest is audio expert Christina H Moore. Christina has worked on podcasts for the BBC and for Apple Podcasts, and she now works on podcasts with musicians. Christina’s seen the inner workings of the world’s most popular podcast discovery engine:…
Freelance Pod Trailer
Nov 10, 2018 • 2 min
Freelance Pod is a new podcast all about how the internet has revolutionised the way we work. Hear some of the guests who will join host Suchandrika Chakrabarti on upcoming episodes, to talk about how the world of work has transformed from analogue to…