I recently posted on the reasons why I love freelancing. Once you know you want the gig, it also helps to know what you’re willing to do.
There are four big reasons to agree to write a story, and every writer should know them – if only so he can decide if that writing gig, even if it’s on the side, is worth it.
They’re worth recognizing, see them below. Continue reading The four reasons for a freelancer to decide to write a story
How well do you e-mail?
A few weeks ago I came across a simple, intuitive but worthwhile post on Seth Godin’s blog – an e-mail checklist.
I send lots of e-mails. In searching for a new job, in looking for interviews, in sending pitches for freelance stories.
So, I am immediately incorporating a few of Godin’s points into my style and thought they might help you, too – regardless of profession. I have some thoughts myself.
Continue reading Learn to e-mail better
Perhaps more than any other profession, journalists live in moments, that hour’s story, that day’s deadline.
Zack Stalberg was made a legend for his Frank Rizzo moment. As a 2001 Philadelphia Weekly profile suggested:
Within two years the night rewrite kid is a City Hall reporter covering Frank Rizzo at a time when Rizzo was, as Stalberg recalls, “unstoppable … He was going to be governor and his image was untarnished and then–boom!” Boom, of course, was Stalberg himself, who persuaded the mayor to take a lie detector test to resolve a political dispute. Rizzo, as the whole city knows, failed the test in grand fashion, and Stalberg, as the whole city also knows, became someone who would make a name for himself. [Source]
Continue reading Journalists are victors of the moment
There are those terms: a reporter, a journalist, a correspondent, a newspaperman, and others. What are the differences, and which are you? Find out.
Continue reading A reporter, a journalist and a correspondent walk into a bar
What would you rather write or read a story, an article or a piece?
Is there any difference in the terminology?
This came to mind while writing on the different titles for those in journalism, the reporters and writers and newspapermen and others.
Is a story a feature? An article hard news? A piece something larger?
As a young, aspiring journalist, I want to know what it is I need to have, what I need to know and what I need to learn. I’ve spoken to some friends, colleagues and with a few professional internships in my past, I think I am ready to fill the vaccum. What needs to be in every young journalist’s tool box?
Continue reading Journalism Tool box: What every young journalist needs