Being A Freelance Journalist

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Have you ever known somebody with a passion for writing but had another dream for his or her career? Talk to them about freelance writing.

A freelance journalist is a writer that can be self-employed and not committed to a specific employer for a long term.

With a passion and desire to be an Admissions Counselor someday, this has been something I have been taking deep consideration in for my future. Not only can you engage in a career you love, you can also continue to write about topics of your choice.

In the world today, there are billions of different people that will respond to situations in similar and different ways. As writers, many feel a good reason to write a story is because they have something relevant to say about a certain topic.

When writing a story, a journalist can always find at least one person that will feel what they wrote was newsworthy. A freelance journalist could write about something that engaged their interest and allowed them to specialize in their passions.

Another positive thing about being a freelance journalist is your hours are flexible, because you'd only be writing part-time. After a day at your job, it'd still be easy to go home and work behind your computer.

A person that is a freelance writer has the advantage of having profit to fall back on if something in their job went bad. While writing on the side, you can still make profit. There are many magazine and newspaper editors that wish to share other people's knowledge to their readers.

Many people associate freelance writing with freestyle writing. With many of us being college students interested in journalism, we should even consider starting a freelance writing career now to build our writing portfolios for future jobs and internships.

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Maddie Boswell February 15, 2011 at 7:02 PM  

It would be very exciting to be a freelance journalist. However, I am concerned with the drawbacks of freelancing. When a journalist doesn't have a steady paycheck, making a living can be difficult. For example, my cousin is a very good writer and started out freelancing in Africa. As a freelance journalist it was harder for him to get information with no connection to a particular institution or media outlet. Now he has accepted a job as a national corespondent and is enjoying the stability. With his job he is also able to freelance on other fronts as well.

Ben Lucas February 15, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

Freelancing is definitely something I would be interested in, but I always considered it a more secondary, on-the-side kind of job to get extra money and make connections/build reputation.

David Talley February 16, 2011 at 8:11 AM  

I like the idea of the freelance journalist. I didn't really know it could be a primary job, but it sounds like something I would be interested in doing since there are many positives.

Morgan Abel February 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

If someone is really passionate about being a freelance journalist that is great but I would only be able to do it as a second job. Since I am graduating and have loans to pay back an unsteady paycheck wouldn't suffice.

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