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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.

  • 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

    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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    FAQs - 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.

  • 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 – MEAA Media section: Katelin McInerney
    MEAA organisers: tba (NSW); Jenny Farrar (Vic); Tiffany Venning (WA); Angelique Ivanica (SA).
    MEAA Member Central: 1300 65 65 13


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