Freelance Journalism

If you want to freelance (and as staffers are few, many journalists do) you’ll need to be highly self-motivated and organised – willing and able to get ahead with your work before you go on holiday and tackle the mountain that has accumulated while you’re away the moment you get home. For freelances, commissions come in only two ways: ‘feast’ or ‘famine’ and you’re only as good as the last piece you got published.

You’ll also need to be well connected. Editors tend to use people they know they can rely on and bring their favourites with them when coming to a new title. It’s extremely difficult to get an ‘in’ without contacts and so you should consider working as a staffer for a few years first to get your portfolio of work into shape and those vital names and addresses into your contacts book.