Event: Freelance Journalists and Blogging

Hi I’m speaking on Tuesday 17th June to a bunch of freelance journalists:


Facebook, blogging and freelance journalism

The Sydney Freelance Journalists Group (MEAA) invites you to find out why social media sites like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Blogger could be vital to your future as a freelancer. Join fellow freelance journalists at a historic venue at The Rocks and stay on for free snacks and networking.

When: Tuesday 17 June 2008, arrive 6 p.m. for a 6.30 pm. start

Where: Orient Hotel, 89 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Topic: Facebook, blogging and freelance journalism

Speaker: Laurel Papworth, leading Australian social network strategist

Details of topic and speaker

Can freelance journalists survive in a world where citizen journalists are giving away free articles and blog posts? Should freelancers blog or engage in social media and what are the repercussions if they do or don’t? These are some of the questions social media expert Laurel Papworth will answer in a lively, in-depth session on online communities and user generated content.

Find out what social media is all about and its impact on traditional media and freelance journalism. Papworth will describe three types of social media and “how they integrate as strategies where consumers create, distribute and consume their own media”. Join a discussion on how bloggers and journalists can work together in a symbiotic relationship. Learn how to engage in social media and build a profile and portfolio online, leading to more freelance work.

Laurel Papworth is a senior consultant in social networks. She teaches social media at the University of Sydney and lectures as part of a Masters of Convergent Media at the University of Western Sydney. Papworth consults to government, business, and not for profits globally. She returned earlier this year from teaching blogging and social media to Arabic women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Papworth’s background includes a project to digitize Fairfax in the early 1990’s (NewsPro) and establishing Convergent Media at Optus in the late 1990s. A dynamic and popular speaker and workshop trainer, Laurel is engaged by companies globally to maximise social networking tools and strategies to leverage media and public relations activities.

Fee: $10 for MEAA members and students

$20 for non-MEAA members

Refreshments: A cash bar will be open and there will be free snacks.

Bookings: Advance bookings are essential. Call the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance at 1300 656 51 (EDIT: corrected from original email 1300 656 512) or email aid@alliance.org.au with subject heading ‘Sydney Freelance Journalists Group June meeting booking’ and include your name, phone number and email address. Advance bookings are essential. Please respond before 2 pm on Friday 13 June 2008.

About the group

The Sydney Freelance Journalists Group is a professional development and networking group of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. The meetings are arranged by a voluntary organising committee and are open to all professional freelance journalists.

In a funny way, this educational session feels as important as my trip to Saudi Arabia to teach Arabic women how to blog. Not sure if I can explain why I feel that way…

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

8 thoughts on “Event: Freelance Journalists and Blogging

  1. This educational session Will be big! Great stuff for certain will come out of this event! Thanks for letting me know there was more to the video interview!

  2. well obviously bloggers are worse when it comes to detail. The toll free # is 1300 656 512

  3. Hi Laurel, Great to hear that you are presenting to my favourite networking group! I rarely get out of the house at night these days! but will make a big effort & hope to see you there — best wishes, Fran M

  4. @DearBraveAnonymous – *shrugs* the fact everything is indented means it comes FROM the Sydney Freelance Journalists Group. A quote is a quote is a quote… Does this mean the journalists are worse at giving out correct information? 🙂

    Unlike traditional formats, I am able to update their incorrect information with the 1300 number – and yes, I tested it. I may have been silly enough to trust the woman who puts the Freelance groups stuff together, but I won’t trust Anonymous, who has no identity or reputation within my social network…

  5. Hi Laurel. I emailed to book a place and got no response, and have just called and they have no idea about this event. I got transferred to two people and then sent to someone’s voicemail (Louisa Graham). Might be worth checking up on!

  6. Some ppl have more luck emailing than ringing. I will try and find out what’s going on… 🙁

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