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Journalist Skills: 13 No-Degree-Required Tips to Get Writing Jobs

Learn These Journalist Skills to Get Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Thinking about going back to school to learn journalist skills to help your freelance career?

You could…if you want to waste time and money. Don’t get me wrong, learning is good. But do you really need to spend a couple years in the classroom and a pile of money on tuition to develop journalist skills? No.

In case you’re wondering, I’m one of those people with a master’s degree in journalism. That’s the route I took to develop journalist skills to write for newspapers and magazines, and ultimately carve out a career as a freelance writer. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You don’t need a degree to be a freelancer. After all, The Carol Tice is a college dropout.

But you do need journalist skills to do things like dig up information, generate ideas, interview sources, find fresh angles, craft headlines, and write great content.

So how do you develop journalist skills to get more writing jobs? Skip the college route, and learn by doing. Here’s what you need to know:

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Curious Minds: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Freelance Journalist

How to Think Like a Freelance Journalist. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to be a freelance journalist? It starts with one simple thing…curiosity.

It’s a skill that will help you get better at copywriting and content writing, not just hard-news reporting.

When you learn to think like a freelance journalist, you’ll also tap into skills to ask good questions, find fresh angles and ideas, understand your audience, and ultimately make more money from writing.

Can you really learn how to think like a freelance journalist? Or do you need a J-school degree, a stint as a cub reporter, and years of experience? Yes, you can. And no, you don’t.

It might take a little practice, but you can learn to think like a freelance journalist.

To help you out, we caught up veteran journalists Allen Taylor and Emily Liedel in a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast to talk about journalism skills and strategies for freelance writers.

Curious? Check out this Q&A to learn how to think like a journalist:

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What’s Your Best Piece of Advice for Freelance Writers?

Tell me your best piece of advice for freelance writers. I’ll put the best ones into a post and give all the contributors a free month in The Freelance Writers Den.

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8 Great Articles for Freelance Writers in May — Plus a Video

It’s been a tough week of technical difficulties around the blog. As I write this I have a broken header and my tabs are all invisible…but we’ll get it all sorted, never fear. But I find I have just eight

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