To get started you need to write articles that editors want and will pay for. But, that’s easier said than done. So, you need to learn the rules of freelance journalism and the etiquette of the trade.
One of the best ways to learn the trade is to take a course. This can be done by distance learning or at a college depending on how you like to learn and what your lifestyle allows. Courses can help you assess your current skills and offer advice on how to improve weak areas. They can also help you learn about the profession and may highlight issues that you’d maybe not considered.
The realities of working as a freelance journalist include:
- what it’s like working with newspapers and magazines:
- what it’s like working freelance:
So, if this sounds exciting freelance journalism is for you!
Freelance journalism is essentially running a small business. You’ll have to:
This may seem like a lot to think about. But, a good freelance journalism course will show you how to do all this as well as help get your work up to a publishable standard.
You’ll also need some personal qualities to make it as a freelance journalist. These include:
Add to that some essential character traits such as:
Freelance journalism can be fun, exciting and, if you put in the time and effort, quite lucrative.
If you want to find out more about being a freelance journalist request a free Writers Bureau Freelance Journalism course prospectus.
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