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How to Become a Freelance Journalist
There are rules or qualifications for a freelance journalist: anybody can call themselves journalist. Talent is what usually makes the difference and allows those with experience and skills to stand out and succeed.
In case you are at the start of your career alone, you should lend an ear to those who have more serious freelancing experience. Talking to someone who’s been in your shoes provides a serious insight in freelancing and journalism at the same time. If you have a friend in the same field of activity, don’t hesitate to ask him/her for some tips.
A freelance journalist could also learn a lot from joining an email discussion group for journalists. However, you need to ask the right questions in such groups in order to be taken seriously. You can’t ask people about ways to get work.
[hmtad name=”Odesk” align=”floatright”]There are lots of specialist lists that you can take advantage of without even bringing a serious contribution to the community. A freelance journalist who is still in need of tips and ideas, will actually benefit even from reading other members’ posts.
Don’t aim too high when you are just trying to make your way as a freelance journalist. Advertise yourself, get out there and do something. Maybe you won’t get work for the national papers from the start, but there are numerous publications that you can target.
You can even find potential clients by scanning through the job ads on journalism. Moreover, smart advertising can be really cheap, not to mention that you know where to come up with ideas. A freelance journalist finds it rewarding to commission editors every now and then, pointing out why readers would like a certain material over another.
Clear and descriptive subject lines, putting your contact details on everything your touch and pitching ideas are part of the process. You can’t offer your ideas on a plate to editors because they can easily take it as an inspiration and give it to one of their in-house writers.
You just have to know the way to play your skills and sell yourself intelligently. There are also potential pitfalls in the rise of a freelance journalist, but obstacles mark almost anybody’s way in life. The important thing is the way you manage to overcome these problems.
Last but not least, you could choose all sorts of journalism training options to increase your chances of getting jobs as a freelance journalist.
The offer is very rich from short courses and seminars to full degrees. It all depends on how much you still have to learn in this profession.