Freelance Journalism: Networking is the Key

By: Adam Boulton

Freelance journalism offers a variety of choices to a person with an attitude to achieve something valuable for the society. It gives the person the opportunity to become the voice of the people. There are many avenues which can be explored with the help of this freelance journalism profession. The freelance journalists can start doing freelance jobs for their own school or college or university newspaper or can get work experience when doing some work with the staff reporters at the local television, newspaper or radio station. It will depend on the choice of the freelance journalist whether to work for a broadcasting or print journalism.

Networking is very important in freelance journalism. It can be achieved either by joining online sites meant for freelance journalism or becoming a part of the discussion forums or joining freelance groups and e-mail news groups. Networking alone will help the freelance journalists to keep in touch with the opportunities which might not be possible otherwise. The freelance journalists can register their profile with many samples of their work on journalist listings and freelance writer's listings on the Internet.

It is very important to make the profile both provocative and informative. The listing should be very clear and interested fields should be mentioned with clarity like if it is technology, science, politics or art and so on. The job boards can be checked at regular intervals. It would be better to join the association for journalists of both the local area and international associations. Many of such associations have their own web sites where assignments are posted or they may have a system by which they would e-mail the relevant assignments to the freelance journalist for a nominal fee. Magazines can be subscribed which feature both job opportunities and assignments. Freelance journalism can also be undertaken for online news agencies. An agency can also be hired to locate work on behalf of the freelance journalists. Workshops and seminars offer good opportunities to the freelance journalists to meet persons of the journalism field who can suggest them both contacts and companies.

While locating freelance journalism jobs, the profile built for seeking jobs should have all the experiences and abilities of the freelancer to shine or stand out. The ambitions of the freelance journalist should be stated clearly and should also explain the reason for choosing the particular field, how the person would be suitable for the above mentioned job and so on. The profile should also contain all the details on the journalist's interests, educational qualification, skills and experience. Samples can also be showcased which will make the employer to understand the prowess of the journalist. While applying for the job the journalist can display his knowledge of the company's requirements, the research abilities and the willingness of journalist to go that extra mile. Freelance journalism job requires great patience and perseverance. The freelance journalist should be well determined, should plan ahead and send his profile to all those concerned. There is no need to worry as opportunities as plenty in choice.

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