After the pandemic that ravaged almost all parts of the world last year, people began to see the need to work remotely.
Going remote is your best bet if you desire to be a journalist without the regular 9-5 work life. But first, you need to develop new techniques for sourcing and telling your stories.
I advise you utilize social media, new media forms of generating stories in audio or video formats, and any other avenues you can think of.
As a beginner, you’ll need to develop skills in new platforms and tell your stories in a fresh way. Consider exploring podcasts, newsletters, and social media platforms.
A newsletter is one way to explore your curiosity without the overhead cost of starting a newspaper.
One best thing about these avenues is, they create new opportunities to explore storytelling. For instance, podcasting and Instagram are where people are beginning to learn to tell stories.
With these storytelling methods, remote journalists can practice their crafts independently.
The following are ways to start and build a remote journalism career.
Grow Your Network
Besides attending conferences and other valuable events to get news content, you can utilize social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to connect with experienced professionals in your field to show you the ropes of the trade.
One other way to build your network besides social media is by email or phone.
However, since the world is gradually returning to normalcy, attending events organized in your niche is still the best way to make great connections and talk to people about the news you wish to cover.
If you think attending events isn’t for you, you can always reach your sources through email or phone.
Most people might be open to it because people spend lots of time on their devices these days.
You can just tell them that you’re a freelance journalist and mention other organizations you’ve worked with in the past and if you’re presently working with an institution. Then request for a story.
Remember not to push yourself too hard while starting your remote journalism career.
Take time to relax and bond with your family at home through games like table tennis and other fun activities.
Don’t worry; building your remote journalism career is a gradual process. So take your time growing your network and developing your skills.
Consider Alternative Pathways
You don’t need to have worked in a newsroom to develop journalism skills.
Research reports, communications, and social media techniques, and content generation, learned in other industries besides journalism, can help advance your research, writing, and interviewing skills.
You can also explore writing for other writing companies to sharpen your craft.
The point is, explore other pathways to your career. You don’t need to start at a local newspaper to build your skill. Working in the content arm of a consulting company can give you the leverage you desire.
Working at a nonprofit can also build knowledge beneficial to those hoping to work in a newsroom and remote journalists too.
The truth is, content is everywhere. You can create content from different places.
If you work as a communications officer, you might meet new and potential interviewees and, through this position, develop your skills in different writing forms and remote interviewing.
The most crucial thing is to keep your output going by considering starting a freelance writing work, blog or create a website to build your portfolio and online presence.
Develop Soft Skills
While hard skills like journalism ethics and law, reporting techniques, and writing ability are necessary, soft skills are equally crucial.
Ability to get new stories, adaptability, and resilience are skills all journalists need to develop very early in their careers.
One of the significant traits for a journalist is curiosity, especially the ability to determine what makes a good story or what’s interesting.
This skill can be developed by reading articles and asking questions.
Why is this news interesting? What is the driving curiosity behind the information?
In the freelancing world, the ability to stay resilient, bounce back from setbacks, and adapt to changes in journalism is crucial.
Resilience isn’t a fixed trait; it’s learnable. You have to practice and get better at it.
Journalism is fun. The ability to find news-worthy stories for people to enjoy is beyond just a career.
However, if you’re not cut out for the 9-5 life, you can explore remote journalism.
You’ll need to grow your network, consider alternative pathways, and develop soft skills.
It’s pertinent to maintain a positive outlook on your goals and your passion for reporting.
Explore all options to reach your sources, including social media, emails, or calls. Ripple in Still Waters offers news and stories for your entertainment. You can also check in always for valuable content on starting your remote journalism journey.