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Freelance Journalism FAQs

What qualifications do I need to become a Freelance Journalist?
What’s so great about writing is that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or in this case the proof of being a journalist is in a publisher liking the article enough to publish it. Once that happens you can legitimately call yourself a freelance journalist, whether you have any formal qualifications or not. Read more>>>

What is Freelance Journalism?
First, it’d be helpful to define what journalism is and what journalists do, before moving on to freelance journalism. The definition of journalism is ‘the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business.’ Read more>>>

What affects how much you can earn as a Freelance Journalist
There are a number of factors that can affect how much you can earn as a freelance journalist. Obviously, the most important is the rate of pay offered by the publications you chose to write for. But, there are a number of other things you need to take in account when you are thinking about earning your living as a Freelance Journalist. Read more>>>

Do I need a degree to succeed in Journalism?
The short answer is no. Luckily, freelance journalism is one of the most cosmopolitan and democratic professions. It does not matter what your background, as long as you are prepared to work hard and love to write then you have the potential to become a freelance journalist.Read more>>>

How do I get started in Freelance Journalism?
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. Read more>>>

How lucrative is Freelance Journalism?
The amount of money you can make as a freelance journalist varies from a few pounds to £40,000, with more possible if you work hard at it! Some journalists work at it full-time, putting in as much effort as they would for any other full time job. Read more>>>

I want to be a freelance journalist – should I keep a blog?
Blogging has become an internet phenomenon. People from all walks of life, different ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds keep regular blogs about anything from the price of petrol to what they had for breakfast that morning. Read more>>>

What makes freelance journalism different from ordinary journalism?
There’s one big difference between freelance journalism and ordinary journalism and that’s who you work for. When you are an ordinary journalist you will work for a company and receive a salary for your working week – much like any other job. Read more>>>

How can I get my freelance writing into newspapers and magazines?
There are three aspects that need careful attention when trying to get work published: 1. thorough market research 2. a convincing pitch 3. timing Get these three right and you’ll have a pretty good chance of seeing your name in print. Read more>>>

What are the best ways of finding stories as a Freelance Journalist?
There are two important questions to take into consideration before you start writing: 1. What you are going to write about? 2. Where to find that story? Once any budding freelance journalist cracks how to answer these two questions they should be well on their way to a successful career. Read more>>>

Cathal Coyle

"My short-term intention is to continue combining writing for newspapers and magazines with my current job. I'm enjoying my writing 'sideline' but I may find as time goes on that I want to make the transition to full-time writer."

Cathal Coyle


Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

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