Journalism Guides

Introduction to becoming a freelance journalist

Freelance UK's Introduction to becoming a freelance journalist.

Who needs freelance journalists?

There is huge scope for journalism jobs in the market place and below we cover the main areas where you can win contracts or supply stories on a freelance basis.

Journalism - Routes into the industry

Like most people who start out in business you may well begin by taking on freelance assignments or covering news worthy events in the hope of selling it to newspapers or magazines.

How to find work

The best place to gain advice on jobs and where to find work are other professionals. Make best use of online discussion forums, email news groups and, while at events that you are covering, make sure you speak to other journalists who are on assignment.

Selling your work

Where to look when it comes to selling work and knowing what interests you as a freelance journalist. 

Rates & Allowances

It can be difficult to set rates, so carrying out a good amount of research is essential. 

Journalism - Legal Information

Copyright law is there to protect you but it is surprising the amount of freelancers who are not fully aware of the legislation's depth and breadth.

Training - Freelance Journalists

There are various course and training available for journalists. 

Professional bodies and unions for Journalists

Although its not essential to join unions and communities, it is recommended to do so for various reasons, one of them being building contacts. 

Recommended Reading for Journalists

Our collection of recommended reading titles for those looking to get in to freelance journalism.

                             

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