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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

8,335

testimonials from job posters

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool. Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Your list has been invaluable to me, both as a job-seeker and a job-poster. I have found so many quality jobs through The List, and it was no surprise that when it came time for me to post a job I received a number of talented applicants in the first couple of hours. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done for us over the years. Erin Delaney, journalist + editor
  • We love Rachel’s List. We’ve connected with a number of fantastic writers and can highly recommend their platform. Fred Kimel, Founder, www.handkrafted.com
  • I’ve found it an extremely useful tool when trying to find good people FAST. The speed and immediate access is the key point – responses can happen within minutes. The fact Rachel has vetted the people on the List (even to a small degree) is also useful. Lisa Sinclair, Acting Editor, www.foxtel.com.au
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • When looking for new writers and editors, Rachel’s List is always the first place I turn. The responses start tumbling in, often within minutes, and the quality of applicants is always a league ahead of what I’d receive from an advert on a general jobs website. I can’t recommend it highly enough! Richard Ryan, content director
  • Great service. I have had a tonne of responses. Andy Ford, www.bauer-media.com.au
  • As an editor, Rachel’s List put me in touch with some talented full-time employees and contractors. Thumbs up to this service. Natasha Dickins, editor + maker, www.littleredindustries.com  
  • Rachel’s List is the first place I head when I’m looking for good editorial people. I generally don’t have time to sift through endless contacts to find someone – especially if it’s at short notice. This way, I send Rachel an email, then await responses from people on her mailing list. We’ve had great results with the freelancers we’ve used. Such a simple, effective idea (wish I’d thought of it!). Sally Feldman, writer and editor, monetisethis.com.au
  • We had a sensational response from the short job posting we placed for a business writer. The quality of candidates has been fantastic and we have filled the position in under 24 hours! We’ll definitely be in touch in the future with any further freelance requirements. Clare Murphy, Founder and Managing Editor, www.contentempire.com.au
  • 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

testimonials from job seekers

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I trust in the List job info and it’s led to work for me. It’s pithy, succinct and inclusive of all freelancers. Plus, the info’s accompanied by a cheery note from Rachel in her professionally cordial style. Robyn Short, freelance journalist
  • Love it. It’s a great way of making work contacts beyond your immediate circle. Kieren Chateris, freelancer
  • 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
  • Not more than two weeks after arriving back in Australia after a 5 year absence, I found a job through Rachel’s List. Initially, it was a 2 week contract that became a part-time gig and then within 4 months, a full time job. Basically, I turned up and never left. The List paved a trusted path in to a workplace for both me and my employer, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Victoria Hannaford, journalist, twitter.com/vhannaford
  • 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
  • I scored regular jobs and a freelance gig from the List – I think it’s important there’s a central ‘body’ for these sorts of editorial roles. Amelia Dalton, Freelancer
  • 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
  • The List is one of the most powerful and effective work tools any freelancer has. It also has a reputation throughout the industry as being THE work list to be on, and for a very simple reason – it works and it is authoritative. These are jobs people want, and editors posting the jobs trust they are being directed to the most qualified people in the industry. John Burfitt, journalist, copywriter and trainer, www.jbmedia.com.au
  • 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  
  • It’s an invaluable service and very encouraging to know there’s work out there if needed. Gary Smith, freelancer
  • Thank you to you and Leo for the topics you cover in the blog. I’ve been sitting here this morning, reading all of them and nearly every second one is something I am working on [wrote my list out last night!]. From updating my resume, to streamlining my online profiles and promoting my articles … your website has given me one place to go to and a framework. So helpful! Many thanks. Leona Devaz, journalist and radio producer, about.me/leonadevaz
  • 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
  • Your list has been a terrific way for me to find work and, as a mum, is an ideal way to find interesting work that can be balanced with my other demands. Kirsty de Garis, media and communications professional
  • 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’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
  • The List is a fantastic resource for finding out about those jobs that don’t make it to Seek or other career sites for whatever reason. Erin Van Der Meer, writer and editor, erinvandermeer.com
  • Just wanted to let you know that I responded to the call for pitches from Renegade Collective, and I already have an assignment! Thanks for providing this service! Chloe Walker, journalist, www.chloe-walker.com

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