What It Takes To Be A Freelance Journalist and Writer

Do you have what it takes?

So what’s required of you to become a professional freelance writer capable of handling any and all assignments?

The requirements are simple and straightforward:

  1. An interest in writing
  2. A little flair
  3. The willingness to learn

If you have these qualities the British College of Journalism will provide you with the knowledge and skills to ensure your success.

There are no rules to being a freelance journalist. You don’t have to be gifted, you don’t need any specialised skill or qualifications. Your success relies almost entirely on knowing how to approach the craft of freelance writing.

Every quality newspaper and magazine throughout the world relies on contributions from freelance writers. However, as you’ll discover, the need for your writing skills doesn’t end here. There is a range of other lucrative freelance work to be obtained.

Where the jobs are

Almost everywhere you see words used, you will see a potential job for the freelance writer.

Some of these opportunities include:

  • Trade magazines
  • Periodicals
  • Advertising copywriting
  • Technical Writing
  • Regional, Community & Metropolitan newspapers
  • Consumer magazines
  • Book editing & writing
  • Comedy writing
  • Sub-editing
  • Annual reports
  • Corporate publications
  • Blogging
  • Television scripts
  • Websites & Internet Publications
  • Radio programmes
  • Speech writing
  • Press releases, PR & Marketing
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters
  • Social media

As you’ll discover, there are literally hundreds of profitable freelance writing opportunities to be had. However, we will concentrate on probably the most common and therefore, for the freelancer, the most lucrative form of writing – the article.

By the time you complete this online freelance journalism course, you will have an intimate knowledge of all aspects of freelance journalism. This goes far beyond simply putting words on paper. It also means developing your story ideas through to the important business side of marketing your professional skills and being paid for your efforts.

What’s more, you’ll be learning about the industry from the inside, benefiting from the accumulated knowledge of many of today’s most successful freelance writers, journalists and editors.

Remember, like yourself, every one of these media professionals was once a complete beginner.


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