“I am starting to be paid for freelance work, a company found me and listed me on their journalist register which has helped, and I am writing for The Sun!”
I enrolled with the British College of Journalism as I felt that I needed a little push in the right direction in my journalism career. Upon completing the diploma, I realised how beneficial it has been for me. My journalistic writing style has improved and I am able to tackle a variety of topics rather than sticking to my specialist area.
Shortly after completing The Professional Freelance Journalism Course, I went back to writing for my blog, 8-Bit Girl. Since then, the blog has gained significant attention. The amount of people reading it increased and I have started receiving emails praising my regular content and good writing. I’ve written voluntarily for WhatCulture, a popular entertainment website, and have contributed to an online magazine called Pixel Nation (again, voluntarily, but it has helped to get me noticed!).
I have also been contacted by a directory agency who has hired me as one of their freelance writers. In this position, I am now getting regular article work each week and they have provided me with a wage! The editor of the agency emailed me saying he felt I was their best writer and as such, I will be continue to get regular article work from them from now on. I was also contacted by the games editor of UK newspaper, The Sun. He had come across my blog and was impressed by the content and my writing style. He offered me the position writing for the game section of the newspaper and the newspaper’s website. Whilst this position is unpaid, there is a possibility that it could be a paid position in the future and the editor promises me that I will get more recognition from working for a popular newspaper. I even had the chance to go on an all expenses paid trip to Ireland this week to attend a THQ press event, but sadly I had to turn it down as I was unable to get time off from my current day job.
So whilst I may not be able to give up my school job just yet, I feel that since I graduated from the British College of Journalism, things are definitely on the up in my journalism career. I am starting to be paid for freelance work, a company found me and listed me on their journalist register which has helped, and I am writing for The Sun! I realised that completing the diploma course was definitely one of the best decisions I have made in a while. It’s started me off on the road to journalistic success…and I hope it continues to keep getting better!