Journalism tutor invited to deliver talk at International Journalism Festival

30 March 2022

Abigail Edge smiling into camera
Abigail Edge

Award-winning journalist and features writer Abigail Edge, an online tutor on our MA Journalism (Online) course, will be sharing stories about her freelance career at the International Journalism Festival in Italy next week. 

The festival in Perugia is the biggest annual media event in Europe, attracting thousands of journalists from all over the world. During her time at the festival, Abigail will appear on the panel 'How do we make freelance journalism sustainable?' alongside Priyanka Shankar and Ana Maria Salinas of the European Journalism Centre's Freelance Journalism Assembly. They will discuss the realities of working as a freelance journalist today and what steps newsrooms can take to better support freelancers and benefit from their work.  

Before going freelance, Abigail worked as a local news reporter, before joining BBC News as social media strategy lead, and spending some time at Google News Initiative as a teaching fellow. Since 2015, she has worked as a freelance journalist in both the UK and the US, and her stories have been published in an array of high-profile publications including The Guardian, Vice, The Independent, and The Week.  

With a commitment to helping others, in March 2020 Abigail co-founded the Society of Freelance Journalists, to support fellow freelancers throughout the pandemic. The society has grown from strength to strength, and now has more than 2,000 members worldwide and is a registered Community Interest Company.  

Abigail brings this wealth of knowledge, passion and experience to her teaching role on MA Journalism (Online), where she works alongside a team of other seasoned journalists and industry experts to deliver this future-facing master’s degree.  

Watch Abigail’s panel at the festival on Friday 8 April at 11am. 


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