From the Egyptian revolution to pandemic lockdown, with Kim Fox of The American University in Cairo
July 10th, 2020
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 …
"Dialling down the feminism" with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes
June 30th, 2020
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 …
MEL Magazine deputy editor Alana Levinson on what The Great Solicited Dick Pic Experiment reveals about digital journalism
June 12th, 2020
MEL Magazine's deputy editor Alana Levinson joins me remotely from Los Angeles 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 …
From Anonymous Animals to Animal Crossing: Marie Foulston's lockdown party in a spreadsheet
May 29th, 2020
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 …
"Content is one of the beautiful things about the internet" - Book editor Parul Bavishi on writing in a pandemic
May 15th, 2020
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 …
Imposter syndrome, social media and getting through a pandemic lockdown
April 30th, 2020
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 …
Live show with Smoke & Mirrors author Gemma Milne at The Boulevard Theatre Soho
March 23rd, 2020
Freelance Pod is back after a little break! It's now a monthly podcast, but everything else stays the same. Of course, until the Coronavirus Lockdown is over, it's going to be remote record all the way...
So this …
Grieving our mothers online, with author Rachel Vorona Cote
November 14th, 2019
Author Rachel Vorona Cote joins Suchandrika Chakrabarti on Freelance Pod's first birthday episode, to talk about grieving in a digital age.
We first …
BBC Radio 4 Extra's Amanda Litherland on her Podcast Radio Hour, comedy and interviewing
August 25th, 2019
BBC Radio 4 Extra's Podcast Radio 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 …
Guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019 with programmer Zoe Jeyes
August 20th, 2019
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 …
Former Sunday Times Style editor Jackie Annesley on swapping newspapers for tech
August 11th, 2019
"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, where, among many other things, she commissioned the …
"Being a refugee is a dream come true" - preview of London Podcast Festival live recording with Syrian comic Abdulwahab Tahhan
July 14th, 2019
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 …
Why Jenny Stallard is launching Freelance Feels on National Freelancers Day
June 20th, 2019
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 …
Delia Cai's Deez Links is a Snapchat streak that grew up to be a newsletter
June 7th, 2019
Deez Links is "a dailyish link to cool shit happening in & around the media industry." Each day, Delia Cai - also Growth & Trends Editor at …
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones on Black Mirror Season 5
May 31st, 2019
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 …
Mental Health Awareness Week and The Colour of Madness, with Dr Samara Linton
May 19th, 2019
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 …
When news met the internet, with Twitter's Director of Curation, Joanna Geary - Part Two
May 12th, 2019
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 …
When news met the internet, with Twitter's Director of Curation, Joanna Geary - Part One
May 7th, 2019
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 …
What journalists should know about content marketing, with Contently's Deanna Cioppa
April 22nd, 2019
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 …
Podcasts and newsletters go together, with Caroline Crampton
April 15th, 2019
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 …
Freelance Pod on BBC Radio 4's Podcast Radio Hour
April 8th, 2019
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 …
Less journalistic objectivity, more activism, with Lewis Raven Wallace
April 1st, 2019
Two years ago, audio producer Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job at Marketplace, a radio programme made by American Public Media.
He had refused to take down a blogpost he had written in response to Donald …
Always Be Learning, with The Writing Coach Podcast's Rebecca L. Weber
March 24th, 2019
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 …
How social media changes the world, with journalist and trainer Sue Llewellyn
March 17th, 2019
This episode's guest is ex-BBC journalist turned social media trainer and content strategist Sue Llewellyn of Ultra Social!
You heard a bit from her on the International Women's Day compilation episode, but here she is …
International Women's Day 2019 compilation
March 7th, 2019
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.
How has your industry moved …
Why Anna Codrea-Rado wrote the Fair Pay For Freelancers open letter
March 2nd, 2019
Freelance journalist, author and campaigner Anna Codrea-Rado is this episode's guest. I was lucky to meet Anna (Twitter: @annacod) at a journalism event about a week or so after my redundancy last May, because she is so …
You own the narrative of your career, with LinkedIn's Isabelle Roughol
February 23rd, 2019
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 …
Journalism should be fun - investigating burnout with John Crowley
February 16th, 2019
"Just over 50% of journalists said they were 'overwhelmed' by information during their working day and wanted to 'explore solutions' to make it more …
Graffiti was analogue internet, with Creative Rebels podcast co-host David Speed
February 9th, 2019
Well, this episode has got me nostalgic for London trains, tubes, bridges and underpasses that were covered in graffiti in the 90s.
As one of the graffiti writers says in the incredible 1983 documentary Style Wars, …
From The Guardian to Vogue, via freelancing - with Laura Oliver
February 3rd, 2019
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 …
Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 - behind the scenes with producer Leona Fensome
January 29th, 2019
Producer Leona Fensome guests on the podcast to tell us about working on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
After working in written journalism in her native Australia, Leona tried out some audio and liked it. Two years ago, …
Bandersnatch interview with Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker
January 12th, 2019
I sat down with Charlie Brooker this week to profile him for New Statesman, here's the link to the piece: …
Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology, with Dr Bishakha Chowdhury
December 29th, 2018
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 …
Inside Black Mirror interview with Charlie Brooker
December 27th, 2018
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... that trailer looks pretty darn …
Chaos with Ed Miliband's podcast! Featuring producer Emma Corsham
December 21st, 2018
It was a simple and inescapable choice back in spring 2015, wasn't it? Stability and strong government with incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron, or chaos with Ed Miliband. We, the British people, did not choose chaos …
Movies are the memories of our lifetime, with film critic Ryan Gilbey
December 9th, 2018
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 …
Music sounds better with you, feat. BBC 6 Music producer Shola Aleje
December 2nd, 2018
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 …
Podcasts are kind of a big deal, with audio expert Christina H. Moore
November 18th, 2018
Welcome to the first episode of Freelance Pod!
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.
Freelance Pod Trailer
November 10th, 2018
Here's the trailer for Freelance Pod, a new podcast about how the internet has revolutionised the way we work.
Hear some of the guests who will join …