It is the perfect introduction for career changers, writers, university graduates, school and college leavers, communications professionals and those who just wants a rewarding part-time challenge. In it you'll discover: - the tools of the trade - news, views, reviews, opinion pieces, plus feature writing, travel writing, music writing, sports writing - what it's like to step into the unknown and work for yourself - how to pitch your ideas successfully to editors - how to brainstorm original ideas - how to market yourself as a freelance journalist. You'll also find tips and advice from a wide range of successful freelance journalists and editors, including: Simon Calder, Editor of the Independent Traveller magazine; Phil Sutcliffe, freelance music journalist for Q, Sounds and Mojo; Lia Leendertz, The Guardian Weekend magazine's gardening columnist; and Damien Barr, Lifestyle journalist for The Times. Contents: Introduction; Part One - Learning to write as a journalist; 1. Tool of the trade; 2. Who is the audience?; 3. Writing reviews; 4. Writing opinion pieces; 5. And now for the new; 6. Feature writing; 7. Travel writing; 8. Lifestyle writing; 9. Sports writing; 10. Music Journalism; 11. Finding ideas; 12. How to approach editors; 13. The journalist and PR relationship; 14. Improving your writing skills; 15. Media Law basics; 16. Media ethics; Part One - The business of freelancing; 17. Stepping into the unknown; 18. Gaining industry experience; 19. Marketing yourself; 20. Planning, organisation and time management; 21. Negotiating; 22. Self-employment checklist; 23. Self-employment: the pros and cons; 24. Working from home; Appendix 1: Jargon Buster; Appendix 2: Further reading; Appendix 3: Further training. Index.