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FREELANCE JOURNALIST: It Is Important To Be Outgoing

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Katy, a freelance journalist, writes for different outlets about environmental issues, video games, and technology. She started writing through her university's journalism department. When she decided to work as a freelance writer, she contacted many different online outlets and through them was able to begin working for bigger outlets as well. She tells us that in journalism it is really important to be outgoing because you have to talk to many different people.

Degree: English - English Literature
Job Title: Freelance Journalist
Employer: Self-Employed

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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Average salary
Average salary
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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

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='16030'>conventions,</span> <span m='16880'>it</span> <span m='17210'>varies</span> <span m='17610'>a</span> <span m='17670'>lot.</span> <span m='18070'>So</span> <span m='18430'>normally</span> <span m='18730'>at</span> <span m='18980'>places</span> <span m='19260'>like</span> <span m='19470'>Game</span> <span m='19640'>Developers</span> <span m='19920'>Conference,</span> <span m='21090'>I</span> <span m='21600'>have</span> <span m='21810'>appointments</span> <span m='22350'>with</span> <span m='22480'>different</span> <span m='22720'>developers.</span> <span m='23400'>I</span> <span m='24340'>research</span> <span m='24780'>who</span> <span m='24890'>they</span> <span m='25050'>are,</span> <span m='25710'>and then I</span> <span m='26160'>go</span> <span m='26540'>talk</span> <span m='26970'>about</span> <span m='27170'>their</span> <span m='27270'>games.</span> <span m='27600'>I</span> <span m='27720'>play</span> <span m='28050'>games,</span> <span m='28440'>and</span> <span m='28550'>then</span> <span m='29220'>I</span> <span m='29300'>normally</span> <span m='29770'>go</span> <span m='29900'>to</span> <span m='29950'>the</span> <span m='30050'>press</span> <span m='30340'>room and</span> <span m='30730'>write</span> <span m='30940'>up</span> <span m='31040'>a</span> <span m='31110'>couple</span> <span m='31440'>interviews</span> <span m='32040'>and</span> <span m='32689'>continue</span> <span m='32969'>doing</span> <span m='33250'>that</span> <span m='33470'>throughout</span> <span m='33650'>the</span> <span m='33720'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='35050'>And</span> <span m='35240'>then,</span> <span m='35700'>depending</span> <span m='36130'>on</span> <span m='36290'>what</span> <span m='36460'>I'm</span> <span m='36600'>doing</span> <span m='37330'>for</span> <span m='37450'>environmental</span> <span m='37840'>journalism,</span> <span m='38300'>I'll</span> <span m='38440'>drive</span> <span m='38720'>around</span> <span m='39720'>and</span> <span m='39860'>talk</span> <span m='40100'>to</span> <span m='40180'>different</span> <span m='40420'>agricultural</span> <span m='41260'>departments</span> <span m='41880'>and</span> <span m='42020'>things.</span> <span m='44280'>There</span> <span m='44690'>is</span> <span m='44900'>a</span> <span m='44980'>lot.</span> <span m='45390'>So</span> <span m='45640'>it's</span> <span m='45820'>one</span> <span m='46020'>really</span> <span m='46210'>good</span> <span m='46320'>thing</span> <span m='46440'>about</span> <span m='46580'>working</span> <span m='47020'>freelance,</span> <span m='47530'>is</span> <span m='47610'>you</span> <span m='47720'>kind</span> <span m='47920'>of</span> <span m='48000'>get</span> <span m='48170'>to</span> <span m='48250'>do</span> <span m='48420'>what</span> <span m='48580'>you're</span> <span m='48710'>interested</span> <span m='49120'>in.</span> <span m='50250'>And</span> <span m='51480'>it's not</span> <span m='51570'>same</span> <span m='51940'>every</span> <span m='52160'>single</span> <span m='52430'>day;</span> <span m='52640'>that's</span> <span m='52820'>for</span> <span m='53020'>sure.</span> </p><p><span m='53380'>Actually</span> <span m='53920'>I</span> <span m='54070'>started</span> <span m='54430'>through</span> <span m='54530'>my</span> <span m='54650'>university's</span> <span m='55890'>Journalism</span> <span m='56280'>department.</span> <span m='57820'>I</span> <span m='57930'>never</span> <span m='58170'>was</span> <span m='58310'>a</span> <span m='58360'>Journalist</span> <span m='58780'>major.</span> <span m='59160'>I</span> <span m='59280'>actually</span> <span m='59630'>majored</span> <span m='59920'>in</span> <span m='60020'>English</span> <span m='60380'>Literature,</span> <span m='61260'>and</span> <span m='61610'>I'm</span> <span m='61690'>getting</span> <span m='61840'>my</span> <span m='61920'>Master's</span> <span m='62320'>in</span> <span m='62400'>English</span> <span m='62660'>as</span> <span m='62780'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='63410'>But</span> <span m='63720'>I</span> <span m='63810'>started</span> <span m='64785'>just</span> <span m='65140'>contacting</span> <span m='65780'>people</span> <span m='66120'>about</span> <span m='66400'>writing</span> <span m='66780'>for</span> <span m='66950'>freelance</span> <span m='67410'>stuff,</span> <span m='67740'>just contacting</span> <span m='68340'>different</span> <span m='68500'>online</span> <span m='68820'>outlets.</span> <span m='69115'>There were</span> <span m='69410'>smaller</span> <span m='69820'>ones,</span> <span m='70940'>and</span> <span m='71030'>then</span> <span m='71150'>that</span> <span m='71330'>led</span> <span m='71450'>me</span> <span m='71590'>to</span> <span m='71660'>actually</span> <span m='72010'>write</span> <span m='72280'>for bigger</span> <span m='72500'>outlets,</span> <span m='72910'>like</span> <span m='73040'>for</span> <span m='73130'>Kotaku</span> <span m='73530'>and</span> <span m='73650'>stuff</span> <span m='73780'>like</span> <span m='73920'>that</span> <span m='74100'>for</span> <span m='74190'>video</span> <span m='74470'>games.</span> <span m='75640'>So</span> <span m='76110'>just</span> <span m='76330'>contacting</span> <span m='76890'>and</span> <span m='76960'>reaching</span> <span m='77280'>out</span> <span m='77430'>to</span> <span m='77490'>people,</span> <span m='77840'>being</span> <span m='77940'>really</span> <span m='78220'>outgoing--</span> <span m='79250'>and that</span> <span m='79410'>helped</span> <span m='79660'>a</span> <span m='79730'>lot</span> <span m='79950'>with</span> <span m='80070'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='80560'>What do I know</span> <span m='80815'>about this</span> <span m='81070'>career?</span> <span m='81500'>I</span> <span m='81640'>think</span> <span m='82680'>it's</span> <span m='82860'>a</span> <span m='82900'>lot</span> <span m='83080'>harder</span> <span m='83440'>than</span> <span m='83620'>I</span> <span m='83720'>initially</span> <span m='84120'>imagined</span> <span m='84600'>in</span> <span m='84710'>terms</span> <span m='84970'>of</span> <span m='85510'>time.</span> <span m='85900'>But</span> <span m='86000'>I</span> <span m='86100'>also</span> <span m='86350'>never</span> <span m='86590'>thought</span> <span m='86800'>that</span> <span m='86890'>it would</span> <span m='87000'>be</span> <span m='87110'>traveling</span> <span m='87700'>as</span> <span m='87830'>much</span> <span m='88010'>as</span> <span m='88080'>I've</span> <span m='88210'>gotten</span> <span m='88490'>to.</span> <span m='89270'>Companies</span> <span m='89820'>actually</span> <span m='90130'>pay</span> <span m='90460'>me</span> <span m='90610'>to</span> <span m='90730'>go</span> <span m='90910'>to</span> <span m='91020'>conventions</span> <span m='91650'>like</span> <span m='91830'>in</span> <span m='91960'>San</span> <span m='92150'>Francisco,</span> <span m='93210'>and</span> <span m='93480'>things</span> <span m='93700'>like</span> <span m='93920'>that.</span> <span m='94530'>So</span> <span m='95180'>it's</span> <span m='95350'>very</span> <span m='95580'>rewarding</span> <span m='96530'>in</span> <span m='96660'>terms</span> <span m='96900'>of</span> <span m='96990'>personal</span> <span m='97960'>stuff</span> <span m='98390'>as</span> <span m='98540'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='99070'>I</span> <span m='99240'>would</span> <span m='99490'>say</span> <span m='100050'>it's</span> <span m='100250'>really</span> <span m='100480'>important</span> <span m='100890'>to</span> <span m='100970'>be</span> <span m='101130'>outgoing</span> <span m='101740'>in</span> <span m='101900'>what</span> <span m='102110'>you</span> <span m='102290'>want</span> <span m='102500'>to</span> <span m='102590'>do.</span> <span m='102820'>Journalism</span> <span m='103430'>is</span> <span m='103530'>hard</span> <span m='103890'>in</span> <span m='104060'>that</span> <span m='104740'>you</span> <span m='104900'>can</span> <span m='105180'>kind</span> <span m='105470'>of</span> <span m='105560'>find</span> <span m='105740'>yourself</span> <span m='106040'>in a</span> <span m='106150'>rut</span> <span m='106460'>where</span> <span m='106560'>you</span> <span m='106670'>have</span> <span m='106910'>to</span> <span m='107050'>write</span> <span m='107200'>about</span> <span m='107430'>things</span> <span m='108200'>that you</span> <span m='108380'>don't</span> <span m='108500'>necessarily</span> <span m='108890'>want</span> <span m='109110'>to</span> <span m='109200'>focus</span> <span m='109570'>on.</span> <span m='109860'>But</span> <span m='109980'>if</span> <span m='110070'>you</span> <span m='110190'>work</span> <span m='110430'>through</span> <span m='110680'>that,</span> <span m='111300'>it's</span> <span m='111500'>really</span> <span m='111790'>easy</span> <span m='112040'>to</span> <span m='112180'>kind</span> <span m='112420'>of</span> <span m='112490'>pursue</span> <span m='113110'>what</span> <span m='113290'>you</span> <span m='113400'>want</span> <span m='113590'>to</span> <span m='113680'>do</span> <span m='113820'>later</span> <span m='114050'>on</span> <span m='114210'>as</span> <span m='114350'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='115000'>So</span> <span m='115140'>just</span> <span m='115370'>sticking</span> <span m='115690'>through it</span> <span m='116120'>and</span> <span m='116930'>kind</span> <span m='117110'>of</span> <span m='117170'>being</span> <span m='117380'>outgoing</span> <span m='117480'>in</span> <span m='117730'>who you</span> <span m='118060'>talk</span> <span m='118330'>to.</span> <span m='119030'>Be</span> <span m='119160'>really</span> <span m='119580'>detailed</span> <span m='120000'>in</span> <span m='120060'>the</span> <span m='120140'>pitches</span> <span m='120610'>that</span> <span m='120750'>you</span> <span m='120850'>give</span> <span m='121020'>to</span> <span m='121100'>people,</span> <span m='121610'>especially</span> <span m='121830'>if</span> <span m='121910'>you're</span> <span m='122030'>approaching</span> <span m='122420'>freelance</span> <span m='122920'>work.</span> <span m='123910'>That's</span> <span m='124080'>all</span> <span m='124200'>really</span> <span m='124430'>huge</span> <span m='124730'>in</span> <span m='124820'>that.</span> <span m='125040'>And</span> <span m='125160'>just</span> <span m='125320'>trying</span> <span m='125530'>to</span> <span m='125590'>find</span> <span m='125820'>your</span> <span m='125960'>own</span> <span m='126090'>voice.</span> <span m='127340'>So</span> <span m='127600'>any</span> <span m='127780'>writing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":380872,"video_id":"3396693037001","name":"2382-Katy-FreelanceJournalist","duration":129243,"thumbnail_url":null}});