AMANDA FERGUSON in Belfast
Monday, November 8, 2021
I am a freelance, self employed, independent journalist which means I write and talk for a living and ultimately work for myself.
I work as a Northern Correspondent, a Northern Ireland Correspondent, an Ireland Stringer, and more, for a variety of local, national, and international organisations.
It means I work for lots of different programmes, media outlets, clients.
I have a number of mainstream and other clients I do regular work for, for which I am very grateful.
I also do project work and accept or reject work as I am offered it based on whether I want to do it
It makes me laugh when people say “just a freelance” like somehow it’s inferior to being a staff journalist, or, because I am so good at what I do they try to diminish me by saying it’s not being a proper journalist or a choice. Believe me, it’s an active choice.
It is the choice I made at the very start of my career. I have never been a staff journalist. Some of you associate me with a particular outlet or show or platform but please know I am not staff anywhere. And it’s been that way for nearly 12 years.
If you’re sending emails using an email address you think I have please be assured I am not receiving them. I’ve been spinning plates and doing it well for over a decade. I’m pretty proud of that.
I enjoy the variety being a freelance journalist, writer, broadcaster, event host, panellist, trainer, consultant, producer, fixer, brings - and I’m really rather good at it. I say it because it’s true and has the added bonus of really winding up melters. 'She’s so full of herself and arrogant'. Haha! I love replying don’t hate me because I’m fabulous. It’s infuriating for them. Anyway…
If you want to offer me paid work (No Fee, No Ferguson) please get in touch. If I want to do it I will. If I don’t, I won’t. I make the call based on a variety of factors. I decide.
When I am reporting it’s relaying what’s going on based on me spending time making it my business to find out what’s going on.
When I am giving my views it’s because my analysis and opinion is seen as having value and being sought by others.
Before you criticise me for working for a show or media outlet you don’t like please answer the following:
Who do you work for?
Why are you critiquing a woman for men’s contributions? I am happy to discuss my contributions but I’m not responsible for how others conduct themselves.
Perhaps you would be so kind as to provide a list of who you think it’s acceptable for me to work for? Because I bet you someone will have a problem with pretty much every show or outlet you deem acceptable.
Do you actively tick like, follow, subscribe on all my social media platforms, and share my posts?
Have you ever offered me work or recommended me for work?
Have you ever financially supported what I am doing on my website or social media using #buymeacoffee, PayPal or Patreon (thanks to those who have or do🙏🏻)?
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Being a journalist and particularly being a freelance woman with my own mind is a precarious enough position to be in that I don’t need people making life difficult for me.
I enjoy being freelance. If I didn’t (or ever stopped enjoying it) I wouldn’t be freelance. I would get a staff job, go for jobs I’m asked to apply for or I’m routinely offered out the blue etc. I do want people to please keep offering. If my circumstances change in the future or I feel the the offer is worth me giving up what I’ve built up as a freelance I might say yes.
Being freelance is a wild ride. It means I can be dumped by a programme, outlet or client without explanation. Personal grievances, sabotage, and/or the green eyed monster can also play a factor.
I don’t have the security and work related benefits staff journalists have but it also means I have so much variety and such great freedom to do and say pretty much whatever I want. That is something money can’t buy. Trust me.
Perhaps you might consider all this before having a go at me because you don’t like a particular presenter, programme or media outlet I do work for.
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