A computer. A topic. That’s all you need to come up with a story. And that’s all the tools journalists essentially make use of during the writing process.
So if it’s that simple; can anyone do it? Am I up for a journalism work position then? And the answer is that, in theory, yes.
Anyone can call themselves a journalist. First, because we are all able to come up with stories, thus making us attractive employable material for the newsrooms, which is always in need for material to add onto their publications.
Here the birth of this popular trend; an amazing way to make a couple extra bucks; not to mention under your own rules.
Becoming a freelance journalist is essentially being self-employed; being your own boss. You send your work to whichever publication you want to write for and you are paid for each piece of writing that is published.
So why is it popular? There are no rules or qualifications for entry. Even if you don’t have the experience. Or the degree that reads “Bachelor in Communications” (sorry for that four year college expenditure. Ouch!) All you need is a website and a LinkedIn account (Contacts darling!), an interesting story to report about and mad writing skills. With these, you’ll certainly be successful and even to prevail in the industry up to the point where you can make a living out of only freelancing gigs. In other words; “Your hobby can become your career.”