It is the perfect introduction for career changers, writers, university graduates, school and college leavers, communications professionals and those who just wants a rewarding part-time challenge. In it you'll discover: - the tools of the trade - news, views, reviews, opinion pieces, plus feature writing, travel writing, music writing, sports writing - what it's like to step into the unknown and work for yourself - how to pitch your ideas successfully to editors - how to brainstorm original ideas - how to market yourself as a freelance journalist. You'll also find tips and advice from a wide range of successful freelance journalists and editors, including: Simon Calder, Editor of the Independent Traveller magazine; Phil Sutcliffe, freelance music journalist for Q, Sounds and Mojo; Lia Leendertz, The Guardian Weekend magazine's gardening columnist; and Damien Barr, Lifestyle journalist for The Times.
Contents: Introduction; Part One - Learning to write as a journalist; 1. Tool of the trade; 2. Who is the audience?; 3. Writing reviews; 4. Writing opinion pieces; 5. And now for the new; 6. Feature writing; 7. Travel writing; 8. Lifestyle writing; 9. Sports writing; 10. Music Journalism; 11. Finding ideas; 12. How to approach editors; 13. The journalist and PR relationship; 14. Improving your writing skills; 15. Media Law basics; 16. Media ethics; Part One - The business of freelancing; 17. Stepping into the unknown; 18. Gaining industry experience; 19. Marketing yourself; 20. Planning, organisation and time management; 21. Negotiating; 22. Self-employment checklist; 23. Self-employment: the pros and cons; 24. Working from home; Appendix 1: Jargon Buster; Appendix 2: Further reading; Appendix 3: Further training. Index.
The author, Marc Leverton, has over two decades of media experience. As a freelance journalist, he has written for The Guardian, The Big Issue, Tangent Books, Openmind Magazine, Real Travel and many others. He also teaches journalism skills at Bath Spa University and Weston College.