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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

8,811

testimonials from job posters

  • 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
  • I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the high number of quality candidates who responded to my ad for freelance work on Rachel’s List. The hardest part was choosing someone, given so many were more than suitable. Sam Butler, www.choice.com.au
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rachel’s list helped us source a copywriter for a client at the 11th hour.  The process, was seamless, well priced, and we had great applicants come straight through to us shortly after placing the ad.  We’ll be using Rachel’s list again for similar requirements. Andrew Frayne, 90seconds.com.au
  • 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 has been an absolutely invaluable tool for me to find star employees for short and long term projects. I’ve often posted job adverts on the usual suspects and not received the same calibre of responses as I receive from The List. Because it is word of mouth, passed on from people immersed in Australia’s publishing industry, you can be assured of being connected with some great people with real talent. Michelle Hespe, Director, www.publishingbychelle.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool. Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor
  • 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 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 

testimonials from job seekers

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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’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
  • 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
  • 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
  • An amazing resource for journalists and editors alike. Helen Signy, journalist and communications professional, writemedia.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
  • At the time of the GFC til now Rachel’s List has been a godsend. Parisha Coleman, marketing and communications specialist
  • 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
  • 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
  • It’s an invaluable service and very encouraging to know there’s work out there if needed. Gary Smith, freelancer
  • 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 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
  • I’ve found staff through the list – and seen my own job advertised on it! It’s been invaluable to keep an eye on what is happening out there in media land. Anna Gibson, 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
  • 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
  • Rachel, just a quick note to say thanks so much for all the work that you’ve forwarded my way. I did an eight-week casual subbing role at Key Media, and then another subbing role The Knot Magazine. I’m full-time now, but I just wanted to say a big thanks as the List has been a really big help to me! Hayley Beullens, web developer and digital marketer, We Do Digital
  • 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

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