Freelance Forum 2011 For Photographers and Writers Venue: Buswells Hotel Date: Monday 30 May 2011 Cost: €10 (tax-deductible) to NUJ members, non-members €20. Registration: 10.00am-10.30am (Tea/Coffee on arrival) Spaces are limited so please register early send your registration fee to: Helen Taylor, NUJ, Second Floor, Spencer House, Spencer Row, off Talbot Street, 1. Please mark envelope Freelance Forum. Or you can book your place using Paypal at http://www.faduda.ie/ Enquiries Gerard Cunningham email@example.com 086-6073060 (please don't contact office) All sessions open to writers and photographers Session 1: 10.30am – 11.15am Social Media, time management, networking and the bottom line: The business of freelancing, pitching, time management, and using online networking into real world networking to build new opportunities. Speakers: Margaret E Ward Frank Dillon Chair: Joe Armstrong Session 2 : 11.30am – 1.00pm Pitching and commissioning print and broadcast for writers and photographers What to do. What not to do. Commissioning editors explain how to improve your pitch. Speakers: Conor Goodman (Irish Times features) Enda Leahy (Mail on Sunday) Regina Lavelle (Daily Mail) Chair: Jason Walsh Lunch 1.00pm – 2.00pm Sorry, but to keep down costs, we are unable to provide lunch. Buswell's offers barfood and a restaurant, and there are several coffee shops and restaurants nearby. Session 3: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Sound and Vision: Pitching for radio and television Speakers: Dónall Ó Maolfabhail Pat O'Mahony Chair: Barry McCall Session 4 : 3.00pm – 4.15pm Keeping Count: Self-assessment and VAT Speaker: Dermot Donegan, Revenue Commissioners Chair: Kieran Fagan We understand that as working journalists everyone may not be able to attend all sessions. Freelance Forum 2011 For Photographers and Writers Speakers Dónall Ó Maolfabhail is a graduate of the Masters school of journalism in Dublin City University. Prior to taking over Scun Scan Productions Ó Maolfabhail worked with the Pat Kenny radio show and as reporter for Radio na Gaeltachta in RTE. He also worked as PRO for the North South Irish Language body Foras na Gaeilge and as media consultant to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution. Pat O'Mahony is a Dublin-based freelance TV and radio producer/director/presenter. His most recent RTE Radio 1 documentary is Twitter On Trial a unique experiment that, with the help of five experienced Twitterers and one complete Twitter newbie, attempts to put this 5 year old social networking service through its paces. Margaret E Ward is a financial journalist, broadcaster and business woman. She spent more than 15 years as a print journalist and is a regular contributor to RTE, TV3, BBC and National Public Radio (USA), and presented Newstalk's Breakfast Business. Margaret loves social media's interactive influence on journalism and she used it to "crowdsource" members for two media organisations: MediaThink and Women on Air, and set up journalist.ie to showcase the work of freelance journalists. In 2005, she founded Clear Ink, a "Clear English" communications company. Regina Lavelle is Joint Deputy Editor at the Irish Daily Mail, mostly overseeing the features operation. She has been a journalist for ten years, starting out in the newsroom of Ireland on Sunday before moving into features. She spent three incredibly enjoyable and, at times equally as frustrating, years as a freelance. Conor Goodman is features editor of The Irish Times, where he has worked since 1998. He was previously editor of The Ticket entertainment supplement, and a production editor and sub-editor at the paper. Prior to this he worked for several years in the medical press. Enda Leahy is Assistant Editor of the Irish Mail on Sunday, has worked for national newspapers in Britain and Ireland since his first part-time job as a teenager in the circulation department at News International in London. His award- winning career as an investigative news reporter began with a two-year stint as a staffer on the foreign desk of the Sunday Times in London. Before joining the Mail on Sunday as News Editor in 2008 in Ireland, he spent two years freelancing, including three months as an accredited UN Correspondent in Geneva for the Sunday Times. Dermot Donegan is a Principal Officer in the Revenue Commissioners. He is currently the District Manager in Dublin City Centre District which is the largest District nationally. He has worked in Revenue for almost thirty years and has wide experience in Compliance as well as Customer Service functions. Jason Walsh is the Ireland correspondent of the CSMonitor, the longest-running national newspaper in the United States. Based in Dublin, he also word for PressEurop.eu and has contributed news, features and opinion to newspapers and magazines in Ireland, Britain and elsewhere in Europe. Barry McCall is is principal of McCall Media. He is a writer, editor and copywriter with extensive experience in newspapers, magazines, public relations and online media. As a writer and journalist since 1978 he has contributed to a wide variety of newspapers and magazines while also working extensively in the public relations area. Joe Armstrong is a writer, thinker, columnist, journalist, author and editor. He is author of several books and provides writing, rewriting, editorial and proofreading support to publishers, businesses, organizations, including EU, national and regional bodies, and to individual clients and authors. A former school teacher, he was commissioning editor and later managing editor for Ireland of Peter Lang international academic publishers. He remains associated with The Irish Times where he was a weekly columnist for seven years. He is currently writing his seventh book. Frank Dillon is a freelance journalist specialising in business features. Starting out as a freelance, he then spent six years as Editor of 'Management' magazine in the 1990s before establishing his own title, Decision. In 2004, he returned to freelancing and has written regularly for The Irish Times and The Sunday Times amongst others. Frank also lectures on Media for the Public Relations Institute of Ireland Diploma course.