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How do you manage your time as a freelance worker?

How do you manage your time and priorities as work ebbs and flows during your life as a freelancer? What do you do with your days between big jobs? What portion of your time is spent on paying work, managing your business (taxes, bills, sending invoices, etc.), personal/professional development, trying to find more work, networking, etc.? Do you deal with deluges and droughts, or is your work more steady and consistent, and how much control do you have about this situation? What do you do during lulls? How long did it take you to become comfortable with your workload after you became a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Italian Journalism Salary

What is the average salary of a journalist in Italy? If it matters, specifically in technology or IT.
posted by junger on Dec 6, 2010 - 0 answers

Looking for magazines that publish enthralling nonfiction

Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 answers

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Journalist ponders life outside this sinking industry

I want to be a corporate litigator. Or a government economist. Or a geophysicist. Or corporate finance guru. Or something. Please held this 32-year-old journalist explore possible second career options. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Hey, travel writers - when do you pitch?

What's the best time for a travel writer to pitch a story to an editor? Before the trip, when you still have some flexibility? Or after, so you don't have to retract your well-worded promises when the place/angle turns out to be a dud? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Jan 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Inverted pyramid not required.

Competent journalist with not-so-competent (yet) French skills, hoping to freelance in France. What non-traditional venues can I pursue? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Jan 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Should we stay or should we go to The Great White North?

Are my skills employable in Canada? My wife is considering a Ph.D. program in Toronto, and I don't know if my experience as a paralegal and journalist would allow me to find employment. Help! [more inside]
posted by salsamander on Dec 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Improve your writing by imitating the greats.

Improve your writing by imitating the greats. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Oct 1, 2009 - 27 answers

Short Story: Journalist on Death Row?

Anyone recognize this short story about a journalist who wants to learn what it's like to be on Death Row? It's NOT by Roald Dahl. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Jul 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Hard Labor

The two journalists that were convicted in North Korea were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. What does "hard labor" mean in this situation?
posted by josher71 on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Tell me about your childhood....

How do I extract information from people? I'm a self-taught journalist who profiles people in my community. Interviews always go well when we discuss the interviewee's special area of knowledge, but I stall when trying to move beyond that. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Apr 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me find independent journalists

Looking for independent news sites and journalists' blogs [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Did I invent the memory of a murderous conspiracy?

Did a journalist investigating the 2000 election in Florida die under suspicious circumstances? If you remember this story even slightly, help me find it. [more inside]
posted by damehex on Aug 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Help a young journo put herself through news writing bootcamp.

I need resources to improve my news writing. I'm already working in a newsroom, so this isn't a"halp mee, I wants to be a writter" post. Rather, I want to increase my fluency in the basics so that tight, accurate prose always flows naturally, even under deadline. I'd also like to increase my vocabulary and craft skills as a writer so that when I'm less pressed for time, I can really make the language dance. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] on Jul 30, 2008 - 12 answers

English-speaking journalist with the travel bug

English-speaking journalist with travel bug: where should I go? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole on Jun 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Tell me about "Tell me about" ... if you'd be so very kind.

Every time I hear a journalist say "Tell me about ..." when interviewing someone on television, I get really annoyed. It seems so incredibly presumptuous, pompous and impolite to demand an answer of a guest like that. Yet it happens all over the world. Is this standard journalistic practice? What's the reasoning behind it? Anyone else feel the same way or am I being a relic? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on May 9, 2008 - 39 answers

Can a Canadian journalist make it in the U.K.?

Canadian journalist wants to work in the U.K. - does this sound remotely feasible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 - 1 answer

How do journalists find 'regular people' when they profile them for public interest articles?

How do journalists find 'regular people' when they profile them for public interest articles? [more inside]
posted by teem on Oct 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Military Intelligence

Military Intelligence: I've thought about joining the military for about six years. Now it seems that it might become reality. I'd like to become an intelligence officer because it seems like I'd use a similar skill set to what I do now (I'm a journalist.) But what branch of the service should I check out? Army/Navy/Marines/Air Force/Coast Guard? What about the CIA or NSA? Anybody know people in any of these branches? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Jul 29, 2004 - 30 answers

significance of an orange gown at beheading

On the recent video beheading of Berg, does anyone know the significance of that orange gown he is/was wearing?
posted by blogRot on May 12, 2004 - 9 answers

should I get a journalism degree?

Any journalists in the audience? I have managed to land myself a position where a journalism degree would be helpful...and yet, I don't have one! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch on Dec 23, 2003 - 13 answers

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