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This Freelancing Life

Media organisations increasingly rely on freelancers to create content for their publications. We’ve assembled some top freelancers and an editor to discuss the current state of freelancing in Australia. They’ll talk about how to make freelancing work, the best strategies for pitching, and whether you can make a living from writing alone.

Hosted by Sophie Black, with Gillian Terzis, Amy Gray, Steph Harmon and Ben Eltham.


Sophie Black

Sophie Black is head of special projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast mentoring scheme Signal Boost, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief... Read more

Steph Harmon

Steph Harmon is founding and managing editor of Junkee, a politics, pop culture and comment site which publishes work from some of the best young journalists and writers around Australia. Prior to Junkee, Steph was the editor of music and arts streetpress The Brag, and founding editor of arts a... Read more

Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham studied neuroscience, philosophy and cultural studies before editing the University of Queensland’s Semper Floreat in 2000. He has worked as a freelance journalist and essayist since 2001 for a range of national publications, including New Matilda, Crikey, Guardian Australia, t... Read more

Gillian Terzis

Gillian Terzis is a former editor of the Lifted Brow and a writer for publications like the Saturday Paper, New Yorker, Australian and LA Review of Books, among others. She lives in San Francisco. ... Read more

Amy Gray

Amy Gray is a freelance writer and author. She writes on politics, feminism and culture. Her work has appeared in the Age, the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Paper and other publications. Amy is currently writing a book about motherhood and feminism. ... Read more


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