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Introduction to Journalism by Trevor Ibbotson, Richard Rudin

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9 Freelance journalism

What is a freelance?
Our ‘expert panel’
Is it for me?
Getting started
What equipment do I need to set up?
What do I know about?
How do I get the first ‘job’?
Getting the ideas
They want my piece(s), now what?
Be humble, and gain solid experience
The problems of success
The dangers of complacency
Where do I go from here?
Top ten tips
Suggested activities
Sources and resources

What is a freelance?

Freelance journalists are those who do not have staff jobs and therefore do not receive any regular income from a single employer.

It is impossible to obtain accurate figures for the numbers of journalists operating as freelances. Many belong to the main trade union, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), who ...

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