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Freelance Journalism Writing Jobs: Ten Suggestions For Starters

The world of freelance writing in journalism is full of fun, excitement and can lead to quite a bit of fame if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. Here are ten suggestions for new freelance journalism writers to help get going in this field.

  1. Get out of the house – It is very rare that newsworthy events happen in our home unless disaster has struck. If you want to find something worth writing on you must get out of the house.
  2. Be observant – When you are out and about be cognizant of what is going on around you, you just might be the first one at the scene of an accident and can give a first-hand account of what happened.
  3. Carry a notepad – It does no good to find a great newsworthy story and not be able to jot it down. Make sure to have a notepad or even recorder available to get the key points.
  4. Talk to people – People like to tell their stories so take the time to talk to people and you just might happen across a story.
  5. Take good notes – For a journalism story to be published you need names, dates and times to be accurate. Always get names of the people mentioned in your stories and their permission to use quotes.
  6. Bring a camera – A picture is worth a thousand words so carry a camera at all times. Today’s cell phone technology will get great quality photos to compliment a story.
  7. Stay neutral – It can be difficult in some situations to remain neutral about a topic but when you are working as a journalist it is important to report both sides of a story and not be biased.
  8. Stay safe – Sometimes it can be tempting to try and follow a story that may put you in danger. Do not become the news yourself and be careful to stay safe.
  9. Respect privacy – When you are reporting on a story always get permission from those you interview to use their information. Some people may decide they want their story private and prefer it not be published.
  10. Double check facts – When you are writing it is always important that your writing be accurate and factual. Double and triple check your information every time.

If you follow these suggestions you will be on your way to a successful journalism career.


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