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									                          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
Enquiries Gerard Cunningham 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


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 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 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.

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