Editorial & journalism services

I work as both an editor and a journalist. My rates for different services are listed below. Click on each option to get in touch.

I abide by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s (MEAA) Code of Ethics & Code of Conduct. 

Marisa Wikramanayake

I work as both a journalist and an editor. So either I am interviewing sources for a story or I am editing an author’s manuscript. I have edited award winning work for authors and I have reported news in two different countries, in print, online and for radio and TV news, across different beats. 

I work according to the MEAA’s Code of Ethics & Code of Conduct.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, I do. I am currently based in Melbourne but I do travel around and move a lot. I am set up to work with clients wherever they may be located.

I keep client work confidential. No one else sees it but me. I am also a writer so I prefer to write my own stories. If I edit your work, all changes are suggestions and guidance and making them is up to you as the author.

Your work is yours the moment you create it. 

I sit down with you and chat to you about the work involved, the deadlines, the cost etc. Once you have agreed on a quote and a timeframe, you send the work to me. I edit it, using Track Changes, and we often have a chat to discuss any changes and you get the edited version sent back to you. I send you an invoice and you pay me.

It would depend on how and why you wanted to be anonymous but that is not a problem. 

Do not send me information at this time especially if you work in the public sector. Australian legislation is problematic on this front and for the moment I won’t be able to assist you with any such stories. If this changes I will let you know.

I recommend contacting the political reporters at either the The Guardian Australia or The Age as they will have more resources to follow up and report on such stories.

If I am asked to check work to make sure no one has written anything inaccurate about people like me, I will run into unintentional but harmful stereotypes. Some of this will be traumatic. Authors may not be willing to make the changes and publishers may be keen to publish the book without making such changes. 

The rate reflects the potential for harm and the labour required to read, recover, read, recover until it is done. 

Yes they can. Please do get in touch. The pay will not vary. 

The best file format to send me is a Word document – either .docx or .doc is good. I can then use Track Changes to send you both a PDF and a Word document back.

I can work in Adobe Acrobat but I usually use it to proofread for particular clients.

It’s best if you know what you want to get out of the whole process before you get in touch. That might be a particular outcome on a project or improving a skill. It is best to have that clear and to also have an idea around deadlines or timeframes. 

We initially have a free consultation to figure out what you need help with and to plan out what the process will look like.  It will be different with different people. As we meet, I will invoice you for the time spent mentoring you on a project or skill. 

It is also possible to get mentored by me through the CSE mentoring scheme or the Writers’ Victoria scheme but these will have slightly different pricing to mine. 

This will vary. 

Sometimes a person wants business or freelancing related advice or skills. Sometimes it is something to do with the journalism side of things. Sometimes it is a project that they want to have an editor’s eye on as they work through it. 

But also sometimes people want a sort of regular accountability check in to keep them on track towards their goals. A part nagging parent/cheerleader situation. 

I often get queries about stories people think I should cover. Those are tips and are great so send them through. 

But I can’t cover a story unless I pitch it or am commissioned to do it. And I won’t always have a publication open that I can pitch it to even if it seems a great fit to you and they won’t always have money to pay me. So bear that in mind. 

If you want to hire me for journalism work, I abide by the MEAA’s Code of Ethics & Code of Conduct and I have a few other terms such as no indemnity clauses and a decent rate as stated above. I also prefer to be paid on submission.

I don’t write pieces for a share of future ad revenue later because I can’t pay my rent that way unfortunately.

If this all seems ok to you, go ahead and email me.

I don’t know if you noticed but the Australian media and publishing industries aren’t very diverse friendly in their hiring practices. 

I don’t freelance out of choice. It’s very hard to get a job and to be paid a living wage. You may think these rates are high but the work is sporadic. 

If you check out the blog posts on this website, you will find breakdowns of what I make a year. It’s less than what you make. I am very transparent and honest about this. It doesn’t mean I don’t work hard, I do, but it is difficult to make a living wage in this industry as a freelancer (and sometimes hard to be paid appropriately even when you are employed).

So I insist on being paid proper, decent rates and working under certain conditions so that I am not taken advantage of but also so that more people realise that they have to pay people better. 

Part of working in any job means looking out for your colleagues too. Which means educating your clients and the public on what it takes to do your job and what you are worth.

But I am also always happy to chat to potential clients and see if I can negotiate terms if they have issues. So it isn’t all doom and gloom.