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Why MEAA is for Freelance media workers

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More than half the media workforce work in insecure or freelance employment. But with MEAA, you are not alone.

Whether you work from home, or in a cafe, or in a shared office space, or on-site – MEAA membership gives you the expertise and community of a professional association and the protection and solidarity of a trade union.

MEAA has an official National Freelance Committee (see below). MEAA Media organisers who represent freelancers are:

Director – MEAA Media section: Katelin McInerney
MEAA organisers: Arun Devasia (NSW); George Bath (Vic); Tiffany Venning (WA); Angelique Ivanica (SA); Adam Portelli (Tas).
MEAA Member Central: 1300 65 65 13;

  • Freelancers make up a large amount of MEAA’s Media Section members. We currently number around 1200 out of about 5000 Media members nationally.

    To represent these freelance members’ concerns to the Federal Council and National Media Section (NMS), we have formed an official National Freelance Committee.

    The Committee has several freelance members, representing different professions that are part of the media industry. Committee members meet on a regular basis throughout the year through online hookups.

    Specific committee members who are also elected delegates, report back to Federal Council and NMS on issues, concerns and provide input from the Freelance Committee into MEAA’s overall future direction and strategic plans.

    The work we do on the National Freelance Committee is voluntary. Members may join and leave the Freelance Committee as they need to.

    We aim to:

    1. Give MEAA staff direction at both Freelance Committee and Federal Council level to help us address issues or provide services for members.
    2. Create and promote campaigns around freelancer issues and concerns such as #changetherules or #fairrights4freelancers.
    3. Create and promote other actions designed to inform, educate or put pressure on governments, employers and other organisations to improve working rates and conditions.
    4. Whenever possible, with MEAA staff assistance, create and implement solutions to address the needs of both freelance members and non-members in the industry,
    5. Generate information and educational resources for members and non-members within the industry to access.
    6. Be a point of contact with information for non-members wishing to join MEAA.

    The National Freelance Committee is made up of:

    Fran Molloy
    Kate Hennessy
    Gregory Hall
    Linda Vergnani
    Vivien Pearson
    Aarti Betigeri
    Nigel Bowen
    Nance Haxton
    Guy Mosel
    Jennifer Mills
    Marisa Wikramanayake
    Sandra Godwin
    Merran White
    Helen Razer
    Clem Bastow
    Madonna Deverson
    Jane Canaway
    Martin Hirst
    Liz Murray
    Soolagna Mujumdar

  • 1. RATES – MEAA sets award rates for professional employee journalists and makes recommendations for equivalent charge-out rates for freelancers. Our Rate Tracker shows members which publications pay fair rates – and which ones don’t.
    2. LATE PAYMENTS – MEAA organisers can assist members negotiate with late payers
    3. STANDARDS – MEAA can advise members on publications which are not treating other freelancers fairly

    MEAA provides advice on copyright, fair contracts, negotiations, moral rights. MEAA Member Central and our industrial team help members to get the best outcome for any difficulties they are facing in the workplace. Call MEAA Member Central on 1300 65 65 13.

    Through our partnership with Media Super, we are also able to provide information and advice about superannuation. More information is available at Media SuperYou can also download a PDF of the information and fact sheet.

    READ: some simple tips to avoid being ripped off

  • MEAA Media section members are bound by the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics – click to read the code plus a step-by-step guide to the complaints process. MEAA Media members will educate themselves about ethics and apply the Code’s standard to their journalism.


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  • Freelance Pro gives minimum legal training for freelancers to avoid defamation and other media law breaches.

    MEAA’s FreelancePro membership has been developed especially for freelancers.

    FreelancePro members have access to professional indemnity and public liability insurance at market beating rates, contract advice, a media access card, and accredited training in media law and other areas of professional development.

    In addition to what all our MEAA freelance members receive, Freelance Pro membership offers:

    •   Thanks to the strength of our collective membership, MEAA now provides FreelancePro members with optional professional indemnity and public liability insurance up to $1 million, (default limit) at substantially less than what you would pay on the open market to help your freelance business dollar go further — and it costs just a few dollars extra a week. We can also arrange cover in excess of $1 million at a discount rate.
    •   Contract advice.
    •   Media access card.
    •   Freelance Pro trustmark.
    •   Accredited training in MEAA’s Journalist Code of Ethics and the latest developments in media law.

  • MEAA provides events and training year round.

    Workshop: interactive storytelling

    What is interactive storytelling and how can you use this in your work? MEAA is hosting two workshops in Sydney and Melbourne in July to equip freelancers with new skills.

    Using text, audio, video and graphics, participants will produce content to engage online audiences. The course is taught by Sue Bell from Cybermedia.

    To familiarise yourself with interactive storytelling please read the following links:

    Linear and non-linear stories. (N.B. We will be using Adobe Spark, a free program.  You will need to create an account before the workshop.) If you need any help please contact the facilitator via
    •  What is interactivity.

    Cost: The cost provides for participation in both Workshop 1 for Beginners and Workshop 2 for Advanced (there is no split individual cost for participating in only one workshop). MEAA Members Free; Students $15; Guests $30.

    N.B. Registration is limited to 20 course participants only.

    Workshop 1 Beginners: Interactive Story Telling
    This introductory workshop will show you how to insert graphics, video, audio, text and images to include in an interactive story. Participants must be able to use a computer, mouse and keyboard and be able to work online.  For both workshops you will need to bring in your own laptop.

    Workshop 2 – Interactive Story Telling – Advanced
    In the advanced workshop, participants are encouraged to provide their own videos, audio and images to use in their interactive story. Must be familiar with working online and ideally have a narrative they would like to extend into an interactive piece.

    Date: Wednesday July 10
    Time: Workshop 1 3-5pm; Workshop 2 6-8pm
    Venue: MEAA Offices, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern


    Date: Thursday July 18
    Time: Workshop 1 3-5pm; Workshop 2 6-8pm
    Venue: MEAA Offices, Level 3/365 Queen Street, Melbourne

    Cyberculture: ONLINE COURSE open now

    This online course examines key social issues brought about by the widespread use of the Internet. Discover problems unique to online content with particular emphasis on the eye-opening & rarely discussed psychological differences between trolls and other types of cyberhaters. Learn powerful techniques to help protect ourselves and others from devastating online hostility. MEAA member discount of 25%. Use the code MEAA25 to obtain your discount. On successful completion of the Cyberculture unit, participants will receive a digital badge. This badge can be used as evidence of professional development to use on your LinkedIn profile, resume and credit towards further studies.


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