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The story of Rachel’s List

How did Rachel's List start? It was actually over a plate of dumplings and some wine! I was job-sharing at TV Week with two other journos and we'd never met, so decided we'd do lunch. Yum cha and savignon blanc, as I recall... How did other freelancers start joining? Colleagues heard about our lunches and asked to come along. As the unofficial organiser, I started a 'list' of people in my email who were keen to stay connected. When did it become a jobs list? As my 'list' got bigger, editors heard about it and started sending me subbing or writing jobs to post to it. We used to just help editors find staff but when we went online, we started posting jobs in media, digital, PR and comms - and still do today. How much has the list grown? We went online with 800 journos on our newsletter. Today, we're connected to a community of over 7000 journos, copywriters, editors, subs, content writers, designers, PRs and other creatives from around Australia. Wow. What else is new? Our Toolkit! It's full of great resources for freelancers. We offer job postings from $39 and a Short List placement service for job-posters. Hey, who's your model? The gorgeous Agnes Ragankiewicz appears across our site - shot by our resident snapper Leo Wiles. I want to know more! Awww. Our bios below have all our contact details.

Rachel Smith

founder and director

Most people call me... Rach, Rachel or Mummy. (Well, only one person has tried that last one on!) My day typically involves... running the show here, freelancing for my own clients and wrangling an opinionated four-year-old. As a freelancer, I... write for magazines, newspapers, websites and corporate clients, among other things! You can always twist my arm with… a sleep-in. My role at Rachel's List is… overseeing the whole shebang and with Leo, making decisions about the site's content and direction. Get in touch if you need… our Short List service, advice about the industry or current pay rates, help writing your job ad, a quote for a story, an idea for the blog, the Toolkit or a collaboration. Reach me onhello@rachelslist.com.au

Leo Wiles

co-director + content strategist

Most people ask me... How I got the name Leo. The easy answer is, I'm an August baby! When I'm not at Rachel's List, I'm... working as a photographer (in fact, I shot the banners on our website). I've also got 20-plus years experience in PR, corporate comms and print, but these days I spend my working hours behind a lens. Most people wouldn't know I... live in QLD with my three kids. We really are a 'remote' company! You can always twist my arm with… a strong coffee or glass of good red. Get in touch if you… have a PR opportunity, are seeking a quote for a story or have an idea for the blog, the Toolkit or a collaboration. Reach me onleo@rachelslist.com.au

Claire Chow

connections manager

Most people call me... Claire, but I've been known to answer to Madam Chow and sometimes, the Claire-ifier! My role at Rachel’s List… is to let a wide range of job-posters know about us, and get great jobs on the board for our talented job-seekers. You can always twist my arm with… A G&T, thanks. When I’m not at Rachel’s List, you can find me… freelancing as a social media content creator. Most people wouldn’t know I’m also… a mum of twins! I also studied film and TV at uni. Yeah, content wasn’t really a ‘thing’ back then. I can always help with… posting your job, our Short List job posting service, pay rate advice or anything else related to our jobs board. Drop me a line atconnections@rachelslist.com.au

the stats

job posted

Interstate
brainstorms

780
job found

Cups of coffee
consumed

9125
job posted

Blog words
written

291,900
job found

Network of
members

8,626

testimonials from job posters

  • I think the list is a fantastic way of keeping up with movements in the publishing industry. Micaela George, journalist and founder of Luna + Honey
  • Rachel’s List brought instant results in our search for a casual sub. By the dozens. Highly recommended. Tina Perinotto, Managing Editor, www.thefifthestate.com.au
  • Rachel’s List is the first place I think of when I’m in an editorial resourcing bind. Followed religiously by an army of experienced freelancers, I know I’ll find a sub or an editor within a couple of hours of posting an ad. Trisha Valliappan, publisher, www.federationpress.com.au
  • Really impressed at the high quality applicants I received from a single ad on Rachel’s List. Far and away superior to other recruitment sites I have tried. The customer service is also unbelievably good, it really is the whole package. There is no need to go anywhere else. Thank you! Paul Mitchell, www.womeninpop.com
  • Finding Rachel's List has been a blessing. I have already had the most incredible applicants for my writing opportunity. Erica King, runningdivas.com.au
  • Thank you for the listing on your entry level database for a newsletter and social media writer. We’re getting some very good responses. Rabbi Dovid Slavin, Our Big Kitchen, www.obk.org.au
  • I have used most job sites to find good staff for my publishing business – none has been as successful as Rachel’s List. The quality of candidates is exceptional, and all of those I have interviewed say The List is their go-to place for the best jobs in Australian journalism. From production staff to writers, I would certainly recommend Rachel’s List. Peter Lynch, Publisher, bigsplashmedia.com.au
  • Rachel’s List is a godsend to many in magazine production who require sub-editors, writers or designers for long or short-term projects. Rachel vets her List members carefully to ensure they are industry professionals with high-calibre skills, and it is the only such resource that allows editors to reach a select group of freelance journalists. Responses you receive are highly suitable – a luxury that a job search engine or even a recruitment agency cannot provide. The List functions as great industry word of mouth and every post results in successful outcomes for editors in search of permanent or temporary staff. Lisa Thomas, communications professional 
  • I was desperate to find quality sub-editors at short notice – the deadline was looming and all my usual guys were booked out – when one of them suggested Rachel’s List. I posted a job on it, and that afternoon the CVs started lobbing into my inbox. I made deadline, built up a file of new contacts, and have used the service several times since with the same great results. If you need subs quickly, I can’t recommend it enough. Robert Santos, editor
  • I can highly recommend Rachel’s list as a quick and effective way to find writers. I posted my ad on a Friday afternoon and by evening had an inbox full of replies! Cindy Sciberras, formerly of the Sport and Recreation at education.nsw.gov.au
  • The List is one of my favourite resources for at least 782 different reasons. Sign up. Do it! Georgia Rickard, Senior Editor, www.storyation.com
  • I’d been a member of Rachel’s list for several years as a freelancer and so when I needed to source experienced film and TV writers for a magazine I was working on, Rachel's List was my first port of call. I emailed Rachel to let her know what I was looking for and within an hour, I had more than 15 emails from writers that fit the bill. Brooke Hemphill, writer + editor, brookehemphill.com
  • As a freelance editor, I often need other great freelance writers and subs to work on various projects. No matter what skills or knowledge I’m looking for, Rachel’s List always delivers the goods and I generally have my pick of fantastic freelancers within a day of posting a position on the site (often within a few hours!). Because of my positive experience, I frequently recommend Rachel’s List to other editors looking for staff. Michelle Bateman, creative strategist, writer + editor, www.michellebateman.com
  • I posted an editorial position on Rachel’s List at 11:36am and had my first of many great applications at 12:00pm. Can’t ask for more than that. Toby Heap, H2 Ventures
  • Very handy tool to have for creative roles, applicants came through quickly and were relevant to the position. Jo Ellis, HR department, www.newscorpaustralia.com
  • We looked for a journalist/sub using the major job sites, and the best candidate by far came to us via The List. Richard Garfield, Managing Editor, www.apnedmedia.com.au
  • The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool. Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor
  • Rachel’s List puts a range of quality journalists at your fingertips and is perfect too if you need a sub, editor or writer to fill a full time role. It’s also an easy way to discover a new range of freelance writers. It’s my first go-to resource. Kathy Buchanan, Senior Editor, www.readersdigest.com.au
  • We just put a job on Rachel’s List for writers and bloggers. It was brilliant and we had heaps of good submissions. Thank you! Michael Harry, Editor, www.executivestyle.com.au
  • Rachel’s List was the go to when we needed a new freelance editor. We received lots of applications and every single one of them was in the ball park. We ended up offering the job to the first person who applied. Too easy! Sara Mulcahy, plump+spry, www.plumpandspry.com.au

testimonials from job seekers

  • I’ve been on the list for just over a year. Although I don’t have a background in magazines and newspapers (rather in book publishing, TV, government and PR), I’ve picked up some good assignments and established a relationship with a custom publication agency thanks to the List. I have also just enrolled in a subediting and InDesign workshop and am hoping this will give me the skills to find more work. Julian Leatherdale, Freelancer
  • Love it. It’s a great way of making work contacts beyond your immediate circle. Kieren Chateris, freelancer
  • They reckon over 80 percent of jobs aren’t advertised, and yet you’re finding a way to get a few that otherwise wouldn’t be, out to us. Naomi Hart, writer, hartsyard.com.au
  • At the time of the GFC til now Rachel’s List has been a godsend. Parisha Coleman, marketing and communications specialist
  • I can’t thank you enough for doing this. Seriously. Whatever you’re making from it isn’t nearly what it’s worth to all of us in the industry – especially these days. Haki Crisden, sub-editor  
  • I’ve been freelancing for three weeks and in that time The List has brought me three weeks’ worth of work! It’s a fantastic insider tool that alerts you to opportunities that often aren’t advertised anywhere else. Rebecca Whish, writer
  • Rachel’s List is an amazing resource for connecting freelancers and editors and spreading news of full and part time media jobs, contract work and freelance assignments. Being on the List means I’m one step ahead of the pack! Pip Harry, journalist and author, www.pipharry.com
  • You listed a job teaching editing in USQ’s distance program. I applied, got the gig and am still working with them. Thank you for your work in running this List. I think it’s terrific and have recommended it to others. Pamela Hewitt, editor and teacher, emendediting.com
  • Your list is an invaluable resource. I’m in my current job as a result of the List. Sita Simons, writer, editor + content creator
  • What I love about the list is that it’s genuine, with real jobs from major publishers. I also like that you are ‘filtering’ the people who join it. Sue White, freelance writer, suewhite.com.au
  • I find the List very beneficial as someone seeking employment as many of the jobs advertised through the list are unavailable elsewhere (particularly the contract/freelance gigs). Sharon Green, journalist + copywriter
  • As a freelance writer across various industries I have found the List absolutely invaluable over many years. Not only have I found jobs and new contacts through it, but it helps me feel connected to the freelance writing world, knowing what kind of work is available and on offer. Freelance writing can be a lonely gig, but the List has helped me and countless others stay connected. Victoria Lea, Six Black Pens
  • Rachel’s List has proved an invaluable tool in knowing what is out there – especially when it comes to jobs that are normally only published via an intranet. Luke Malone, reporter and producer
  • I love knowing what’s ‘out there’ as so many jobs seem to be distributed only in certain circles. Knowledge is power, so just having a bit more info about job possibilities is invaluable. Working as a freelancer can be very much a solo effort, and can feel as though you’re totally on your own. But knowing a bit more about what’s going on – and that there are others in the same boat – really is quite reassuring. Annette Campbell, journalist
  • I have found the List a fantastic avenue for work. One of the jobs that came up on the List now provides me with a well-paid regular gig. Carla Caruso, author and journalist, www.carlacaruso.com.au
  • It’s an invaluable service and very encouraging to know there’s work out there if needed. Gary Smith, freelancer
  • The List is great. It alerts members to job opportunities, helps freelancers feel connected to a wider network of people and, to a smaller extent, informs them about what’s happening where. Bronwyn McNulty, Freelancer
  • I’ve been on The List for about a year and this has led to a couple of freelance subbing jobs for me, which I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Virginia Muzik, writeNOISE Communications
  • About a year ago Rachel sent out a job alert about blogging. I contacted the person and, after negotiating about pay, have been working for her for the last year. I now blog for 5 small businesses and it has turned in to my own small businesses. I love it and it was exactly what I was looking for – writing work where I can be at home with my kids. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the ‘List’ and the opportunity it has given me. Victoria Brown, journalist
  • I joined the list when I was looking for work, but now use it as a means of seeing what’s happening, who’s hiring, who’s moving. Richard Garfield, freelancer

our job posters
[well, some of them]

  • CNN Digital
  • Mint Content
  • MindFood
  • Six Black Pens
  • Finder
  • SMH
  • News Corp
  • The Guardian
  • Hardie Grant media
  • AdNews
  • Mahlab Media
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Fifty Acres
  • Kidspot
  • The Conversation
  • Flying Solo
  • Merivale
  • Edge
  • Harpers
  • Big Splash
  • pinstripe
  • SFF
  • popsugar
  • SBS
  • Mama Disrupt
  • Engage Media
  • Sofi Spritz
  • Body+ Soul
  • Change Makers
  • IQ Group