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Imposter syndrome Freelancing for Journalists

This week we talk about the nagging feeling that freelance journalists get when they doubt their accomplishments or talents and fear being exposed as a fraud. We speak to award-winning journalist Donna Ferguson and entertainment specialist Nick McGrath about acknowledging your achievements, dealing with rejection and putting negative thoughts into perspective. The guests Donna Ferguson @DonnaLFerguson https://www.theguardian.com/profile/donna-ferguson (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/donna-ferguson) Nick McGrath @nhmcgrath https://www.nick-mcgrath-freelance-journalist.co.uk/ (https://www.nick-mcgrath-freelance-journalist.co.uk/) Resources How to pitch, get commissioned and make a living interviewing celebrities https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-pitch-get-commissioned-and-make-a-living-interviewing-celebrities-tickets-118077632377 (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-pitch-get-commissioned-and-make-a-living-interviewing-celebrities-tickets-118077632377)  Donna's article: How to accept rejection https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/26/turn-rejection-into-success-share-hashtag (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/26/turn-rejection-into-success-share-hashtag) Mentor schemes: https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring-2020/ (https://womeninjournalism.co.uk/mentoring-2020/) https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/ (https://www.journoresources.org.uk/journalism-mentoring-journalist-mentor/) https://journalismassembly.com/assembly (https://journalismassembly.com/assembly) https://presspad.co.uk/how-it-works/ (https://presspad.co.uk/how-it-works/) https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/ (https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/)
  1. Imposter syndrome
  2. Disability: barriers, opportunities and tackling prejudice
  3. Fighting for fair pay
  4. Working internationally
  5. Mental health and well being
  6. Publishing your first book
  7. Getting Started
  8. Demystifying LinkedIn
  9. When you become the story
  10. Branding and Supplementary Income


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