Unlike journalists on payroll, freelance journalists cover a wide range of topics without being tied down to one set publication. They can choose to specialize in a single topic or cover just about everything. They suggest their own story ideas to the editors and if they get approved, they go about writing them for submission. Since they are freelancers, they can work for more than one publication at a time, opening up numerous options. It can be a competitive industry and it is important to establish the right contacts in order to get jobs that may otherwise not be widely advertised. It is also crucial that freelance journalists stay up to date with the current news and stories so they know what to report and when.
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