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Freelance Journalist? Use These Tips to Get Juicy Interview Details

Freelance Journalist Tips for Juicy Interviews. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to be a freelance journalist, you need to know how to find and interview sources.

But if the idea of calling up a total stranger and asking for a few minutes of their time for an interview freaks you out, then what?

Stick with low-paying content mill assignments? Give up on freelancing? Don’t do that, OK.

Ask any veteran freelance journalist about finding and interviewing sources, and most will tell you they felt the same way starting out.

It take a little practice to learn how to find sources, build relationships, and ask the kind of interview questions that get people to spill their guts and plenty of juicy details for your assignment.

You might need to ignore those first-time jitters to ask a source for an interview. And once you’re on the phone or face to face with a source, guiding the conversation takes a little practice. But it’s a skill you can learn to develop.

Want to learn how to find and interview sources as a freelance journalist? Here’s how it’s done:

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Petrified of Interviewing Experts? Here’s How to Find Your Nerve

Scared of interviewing? These tips will help.

There is one skill that separates the wannabes from the well-paid freelance writers.

That talent is interviewing — particularly, the ability to get memorable quotes from high-profile people. Leading experts, actors, rock stars, CEOs of $1 billion companies, presidents, big-time gurus, and the people who know them. Those types of folks.

This is a skill I learned early, and it’s helped me earn well as a freelance writer. Here are my three big tips for how to interview experts:

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