Freelancers - Media

Why MEAA is for Freelance media workers


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.

  • 1. RATES – MEAA sets award rates for professional employee journalists and makes recommendations on the equivalent rates for freelance work. 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

    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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    MEAA Journalist Code Of Ethics

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  • 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.
  • 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:

    •   Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
    •   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.

    MEAA is committed to rolling out workshops to our freelance MEAA Media section members.

    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 Click here to register. 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.

    Media Law Training – Melbourne

    Media law is constantly changing. MEAA, in conjunction with RMIT University, will be hosting a one-day Media Law Training Course for FreelancePro and MEAA Media members at the RMIT city campus. For FreelancePro members who haven’t completed media law training in the last five years, you are strongly encouraged to complete this course. N.B. places for this course are strictly limited.

    Date: Saturday October 27

    Time: 9am to 5pm

    Venue: RMIT campus, Building 9, Bowen Street, Room 9.3.12

    Trainer: Grant McAvaney – chief executive officer of the Australian Copyright Council, and a specialist media and intellectual property lawyer.

    Cost: The strength of our numbers allows us to offer this course to our Freelance Pro and MEAA members at a dramatically reduced cost of $250 ($500 for non-members). Depending on your individual circumstances, in most cases this amount would be tax deductible – consult your tax adviser.

    Register here.

    Fundamentals of Copyright for Creators

    MEAA in partnership with the Australian Copyright Council will offer the following workshops at the MEAA offices in Queen Street, Melbourne on Friday October 26 between 9.15am and 5.30pm.

    • Fundamentals of Copyright (Writing and Journalism) Time: 9.15am – 10.45am
    • Fundamentals of Copyright (Art, Graphic Design and Photography) Time: 11.15am – 12.45am
    • Fundamentals of Copyright (Music and Film) Time: 1.15pm – 2.45pm
    • Masterclass – Copyright Disputes Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

    COST – Use the discount code for members: MEAAMEMBER.

    • The Fundamentals workshops normally costs $65, but $50 for MEAA members.
    • The Masterclass workshop normally costs $190; but $150 for MEAA members.

    For course details and to register, go to the dedicated Events page

  • Thanks to the strength of our collective membership, MEAA now provides freelancers with optional public liability and indemnity 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.

    Find out more here: Professional indemnity and public liability insurance

  • MEAA Media organisers who represent freelancers are:

    Director, Media: Katelin McInerney
    Organisers: Cassie Derrick and Charlotte Clark (NSW); Jenny Farrar (Vic); Tiffany Venning (WA); Angelique Ivanica (SA).
    MEAA Member Central: 1300 656513


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