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FREELANCE JOURNALIST: Always Looking For The Next Story

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James is a Freelance Journalist who works with many different formats, from writing stories and series for major newspapers such as The Boston Globe, to live-blogging conferences for specialty publications. He's had a great career but wishes he had applied himself a little more in high school. That extra effort can always help your future career.

Degree: Journalism - Communications
Job Title: Freelance Journalist

Job Summary: Digital Journalist

Job Description

Digital journalist is a new breed of reporter who focuses on creating interactive news stories and blogs with videos, photos and animations.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

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$30,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
1 to 8 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Flexible, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Travel, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Artistic, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Networking, People skills, Public speaking ability

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='13380'><i>Magazine.</i></span> </p><p><span m='14090'>Today</span> <span m='14580'>I</span> <span m='14770'>am</span> <span m='14930'>live</span> <span m='15320'>blogging</span> <span m='15860'>here</span> <span m='16260'>at</span> <span m='16420'>the</span> <span m='16690'>Fancy</span> <span m='17080'>Food</span> <span m='17340'>Show.</span> <span m='18700'>So</span> <span m='19050'>I'm</span> <span m='20020'>going</span> <span m='20310'>around</span> <span m='20670'>to</span> <span m='20760'>different</span> <span m='21140'>exhibitors</span> <span m='21700'>here</span> <span m='22020'>that</span> <span m='22200'>are</span> <span m='22290'>showing</span> <span m='22740'>their</span> <span m='23240'>different</span> <span m='23530'>food</span> <span m='23810'>products</span> <span m='24450'>and</span> <span m='24550'>manufacturing</span> <span m='25190'>products.</span> <span m='26000'>And</span> <span m='26230'>I'm</span> <span m='26360'>interviewing</span> <span m='26890'>them.</span> <span m='27170'>I'm</span> <span m='27370'>taking</span> <span m='27750'>videos</span> <span m='28300'>of</span> <span m='28450'>them.</span> <span m='28870'>I'm</span> <span m='29760'>taking</span> <span m='30100'>notes.</span> <span m='31110'>I'm</span> <span m='31370'>going</span> <span m='31730'>on</span> <span m='31850'>Twitter</span> <span m='32330'>and</span> <span m='32430'>tweeting</span> <span m='32950'>things</span> <span m='33210'>that</span> <span m='33320'>they're</span> <span m='33500'>saying,</span> <span m='33860'>little</span> <span m='34060'>blurbs.</span> </p><p><span m='35710'>And</span> <span m='35950'>then</span> <span m='36120'>I</span> <span m='36220'>go</span> <span m='36460'>and</span> <span m='36550'>I</span> <span m='36860'>upload</span> <span m='37350'>it all</span> <span m='37890'>to</span> <span m='38050'>the</span> <span m='38140'>live</span> <span m='38470'>blog</span> <span m='38850'>that</span> <span m='38910'>we're</span> <span m='39060'>doing.</span> <span m='39810'>I</span> <span m='40240'>also</span> <span m='41250'>write</span> <span m='41580'>more</span> <span m='41770'>traditional</span> <span m='42600'>newspaper</span> <span m='43250'>stories</span> <span m='43870'>for</span> <span m='44080'>places,</span> <span m='44690'>like I</span> <span m='44720'>said,</span> <span m='44910'>like the</span> <span m='45070'><i>Boston</i></span> <span m='45510'><i>Globe.</i></span> <span m='46030'>Hoping</span> <span m='46270'>to</span> <span m='46330'>write</span> <span m='46550'>more</span> <span m='46760'>here</span> <span m='47170'>in</span> <span m='48140'>California.</span> </p><p><span m='51030'>A</span> <span m='51300'>day</span> <span m='51880'>finds</span> <span m='52310'>me</span> <span m='53050'>either</span> <span m='53410'>out</span> <span m='53700'>meeting</span> <span m='54060'>with</span> <span m='54270'>people,</span> <span m='54630'>interviewing</span> <span m='55080'>them,</span> <span m='55300'>or</span> <span m='55420'>just</span> <span m='56140'>sitting</span> <span m='56490'>at</span> <span m='56580'>home</span> <span m='56900'>being</span> <span m='57120'>on</span> <span m='57230'>the</span> <span m='57300'>phone</span> <span m='57730'>on</span> <span m='57850'>my</span> <span m='58030'>own</span> <span m='58250'>computer,</span> <span m='58910'>talking</span> <span m='59290'>to</span> <span m='59360'>people,</span> <span m='59730'>interviewing</span> <span m='60110'>them,</span> <span m='61440'>taking</span> <span m='61900'>a</span> <span m='62250'>couple</span> <span m='62570'>hours</span> <span m='62780'>to</span> <span m='62940'>write</span> <span m='63170'>a</span> <span m='63200'>story,</span> <span m='65290'>and</span> <span m='65590'>then</span> <span m='65900'>looking</span> <span m='66240'>for</span> <span m='66420'>more</span> <span m='66680'>stories,</span> <span m='67210'>because</span> <span m='67390'>that's</span> <span m='67640'>what</span> <span m='67810'>you</span> <span m='67880'>do</span> <span m='68020'>as</span> <span m='68130'>a</span> <span m='68180'>freelancer--</span> <span m='68700'>you're</span> <span m='68910'>always</span> <span m='69420'>on</span> <span m='70360'>the</span> <span m='70600'>hustle</span> <span m='71010'>for</span> <span m='71170'>more</span> <span m='71410'>story</span> <span m='71820'>ideas.</span> </p><p><span m='72970'>I</span> <span m='73080'>went</span> <span m='73240'>to</span> <span m='73310'>college</span> <span m='73720'>four</span> <span m='73950'>years</span> <span m='74320'>in</span> <span m='74400'>Boston,</span> <span m='75160'>and</span> <span m='75710'>I</span> <span m='75800'>got</span> <span m='76090'>a</span> <span m='76140'>degree</span> <span m='76620'>in</span> <span m='76800'>communications</span> <span m='77540'>and</span> <span m='77710'>journalism.</span> <span m='78690'>I</span> <span m='78840'>also</span> <span m='79990'>was</span> <span m='80190'>able,</span> <span m='80540'>when</span> <span m='80670'>I</span> <span m='80760'>was</span> <span m='80900'>there,</span> <span m='81110'>to</span> <span m='81240'>get</span> <span m='81690'>a</span> <span m='81770'>co-op,</span> <span m='82260'>like</span> <span m='82670'>an</span> <span m='82750'>internship</span> <span m='83490'>when</span> <span m='83640'>I</span> <span m='83780'>was</span> <span m='84040'>at</span> <span m='84430'>college,</span> <span m='84980'>at</span> <span m='85200'>the</span> <span m='85270'><i>Boston</i></span> <span m='85680'><i>Globe.</i></span> <span m='86930'>They</span> <span m='87270'>gave</span> <span m='87530'>me</span> <span m='87640'>the</span> <span m='87760'>chance</span> <span m='88120'>to</span> <span m='88240'>write</span> <span m='88670'>some</span> <span m='89100'>short stories.</span> </p><p><span m='89720'>And</span> <span m='89940'>then</span> <span m='90200'>I</span> <span m='90420'>just</span> <span m='90660'>came</span> <span m='90880'>up</span> <span m='91020'>with</span> <span m='91150'>some</span> <span m='91320'>longer</span> <span m='91670'>stories</span> <span m='92150'>for</span> <span m='92240'>them.</span> <span m='92800'>I</span> <span m='92920'>pitched</span> <span m='93250'>them</span> <span m='93370'>to</span> <span m='93560'>them.</span> <span m='93780'>I</span> <span m='93870'>wrote</span> <span m='94160'>them</span> <span m='94400'>and</span> <span m='94500'>they</span> <span m='94900'>published</span> <span m='95270'>them</span> <span m='95440'>for</span> <span m='95680'>me,</span> <span m='96840'>because</span> <span m='97130'>they</span> <span m='97250'>saw</span> <span m='98080'>it was</span> <span m='98400'>decent</span> <span m='98770'>work.</span> <span m='99800'>So</span> <span m='100170'>the</span> <span m='100960'>point</span> <span m='101240'>of</span> <span m='101330'>that</span> <span m='101610'>is</span> <span m='101780'>you</span> <span m='101950'>have</span> <span m='102120'>to</span> <span m='102220'>just</span> <span m='102370'>be</span> <span m='102500'>persistent,</span> <span m='103020'>especially</span> <span m='103480'>with</span> <span m='103670'>editors,</span> <span m='104100'>when</span> <span m='104210'>you're</span> <span m='104330'>pitching</span> <span m='104760'>the stories.</span> </p><p><span m='106910'>So</span> <span m='107380'>from</span> <span m='107540'>college,</span> <span m='108070'>I</span> <span m='108180'>was</span> <span m='108320'>a</span> <span m='108370'>freelancer</span> <span m='109000'>there</span> <span m='109470'>and</span> <span m='109560'>then</span> <span m='109670'>I</span> <span m='109900'>ended up</span> <span m='110510'>with</span> <span m='110640'>a</span> <span m='110710'>full-time</span> <span m='110970'>job</span> <span m='111250'>at</span> <span m='111540'>a</span> <span m='111630'>community</span> <span m='112100'>newspaper.</span> <span m='113480'>Ended</span> <span m='113750'>up</span> <span m='113880'>moving</span> <span m='114200'>my</span> <span m='114370'>way</span> <span m='114670'>into</span> <span m='115130'>a</span> <span m='115340'>business</span> <span m='115890'>trade</span> <span m='116260'>publication</span> <span m='116950'>covering</span> <span m='117330'>real</span> <span m='117610'>estate</span> <span m='118790'>in</span> <span m='118910'>the</span> <span m='118990'>Boston</span> <span m='119500'>area.</span> <span m='120340'>And</span> <span m='120990'>now</span> <span m='121310'>I</span> <span m='121430'>have</span> <span m='121530'>moved</span> <span m='121720'>to</span> <span m='121800'>California</span> <span m='122105'>and</span> <span m='122410'>I'm</span> <span m='122600'>freelancing.</span> </p><p><span m='123570'>What</span> <span m='123940'>I</span> <span m='123990'>wish</span> <span m='124190'>I</span> <span m='124250'>knew</span> <span m='124380'>when</span> <span m='124500'>I</span> <span m='124560'>was</span> <span m='124710'>younger.</span> <span m='125210'>When</span> <span m='125360'>I</span> <span m='125450'>was</span> <span m='125560'>in</span> <span m='125650'>high</span> <span m='125800'>school</span> <span m='126060'>especially,</span> <span m='126700'>I</span> <span m='126840'>was</span> <span m='127040'>a</span> <span m='127110'>little</span> <span m='127360'>bit</span> <span m='127510'>of</span> <span m='127580'>a</span> <span m='127630'>slacker</span> <span m='127944'>to tell</span> <span m='128259'>you</span> <span m='128520'>the</span> <span m='128600'>truth.</span> <span m='129560'>I</span> <span m='129720'>wish</span> <span m='130050'>that</span> <span m='130229'>I</span> <span m='130389'>had</span> <span m='130800'>gone</span> <span m='131190'>to</span> <span m='131980'>class</span> <span m='132530'>all</span> <span m='132800'>the</span> <span m='132900'>time,</span> <span m='133240'>every</span> <span m='133450'>day.</span> <span m='133710'>I</span> <span m='133790'>wish</span> <span m='134010'>I</span> <span m='134120'>hadn't</span> <span m='134770'>missed</span> <span m='135050'>any</span> <span m='135200'>classes.</span> <span m='136080'>I</span> <span m='136260'>wish</span> <span m='136450'>I'd</span> <span m='136660'>done</span> <span m='136910'>all</span> <span m='137260'>the</span> <span m='137350'>work</span> <span m='137780'>and</span> <span m='137970'>really</span> <span m='138200'>applied</span> <span m='138630'>myself</span> <span m='139280'>and</span> <span m='140520'>done</span> <span m='140890'>as</span> <span m='141100'>good</span> <span m='141240'>a</span> <span m='141280'>job</span> <span m='141560'>as</span> <span m='141650'>I</span> <span m='141740'>could,</span> <span m='142010'>because</span> <span m='142500'>I</span> <span m='142660'>would</span> <span m='142780'>have</span> <span m='142890'>gone</span> <span m='143130'>to</span> <span m='143210'>a</span> <span m='143280'>better</span> <span m='143800'>college.</span> </p><p><span m='145290'>And</span> <span m='145460'>you</span> <span m='145550'>can</span> <span m='145700'>always</span> <span m='146020'>do</span> <span m='146190'>better.</span> <span m='146590'>There's</span> <span m='146820'>always</span> <span m='147030'>more</span> <span m='147210'>improvement.</span> <span m='147690'>I've</span> <span m='147860'>had</span> <span m='148260'>a</span> <span m='148360'>great</span> <span m='149140'>professional</span> <span m='149750'>career</span> <span m='150020'>so</span> <span m='150220'>far.</span> <span m='150590'>But</span> <span m='151420'>maybe</span> <span m='151810'>you</span> <span m='151950'>could</span> <span m='152110'>go</span> <span m='152270'>to</span> <span m='152340'>a</span> <span m='152410'>better</span> <span m='152740'>college</span> <span m='153100'>that</span> <span m='153200'>could</span> <span m='153340'>lead</span> <span m='153530'>to</span> <span m='153640'>a</span> <span m='153690'>better</span> <span m='154120'>job,</span> <span m='154650'>or</span> <span m='154770'>a</span> <span m='154810'>better</span> <span m='155730'>masters</span> <span m='156260'>program</span> <span m='156750'>or</span> <span m='156840'>something</span> <span m='157550'>that can</span> <span m='157660'>lead</span> <span m='157930'>to</span> <span m='158640'>more</span> <span m='158830'>money.</span> </p><p><span m='159120'>Because</span> <span m='159540'>the</span> <span m='159660'>newspaper</span> <span m='160200'>world</span> <span m='160510'>isn't</span> <span m='160770'>one</span> <span m='160970'>in</span> <span m='161070'>which</span> <span m='161300'>you'd</span> <span m='161430'>make</span> <span m='161720'>a</span> <span m='161790'>lot</span> <span m='162090'>of</span> <span m='162200'>money.</span> <span m='162530'>But</span> <span m='162790'>you</span> <span m='162880'>can make</span> <span m='163120'>a</span> <span m='163180'>good</span> <span m='163680'>living</span> <span m='164840'>doing</span> <span m='165090'>something</span> <span m='165400'>you</span> <span m='165540'>love,</span> <span m='165830'>if</span> <span m='165950'>you</span> <span m='166070'>love</span> <span m='166280'>writing</span> <span m='166630'>and</span> <span m='166740'>you</span> <span m='166850'>love</span> <span m='167040'>working</span> <span m='167320'>with</span> <span m='167440'>people.</span> <span m='167780'>But</span> <span m='168290'>apply</span> <span m='168620'>yourselves</span> <span m='169500'>and</span> <span m='170370'>stay</span> <span m='170620'>in</span> <span m='170730'>school</span> <span m='171090'>and</span> <span m='171180'>all</span> <span m='171340'>that,</span> <span m='171600'>and</span> <span m='171690'>it</span> <span m='171770'>really</span> <span m='171990'>makes</span> <span m='172230'>a</span> <span m='172270'>difference.</span> </p>","file":{"id":342972,"video_id":"3102390103001","name":"1801-James-FreelanceJournalist1","duration":173570,"thumbnail_url":null}});