Places a Photojournalist can gain access (many times for free)

We make NO guarantees that you will be granted access to any of these events. Results may vary.

Charity events
Conferences
Corporate events
Disasters
Funerals of Important People
Government & Legal Events
Movies and Premiers
Networking events
Political Events
Product launch events
Promotional Vacations
Receptions / Parties / Weddings
Restaurants
Sporting Events
Team building events
Trade shows
Tragic Events
Trips / Junket
Workshops

Type of people

this is not for:

  • Can not bring yourself to talk to people.
  • Hate research.
  • Need a predictable work environment.
  • Not adaptable.
  • Not willing to learn new skills.

Skill Check:

Basic to Advanced Photography or Film / Video Production
Communication skills.
Environment Self-Protection
Interpersonal skills.
Journalism Skills
Market Sales
Persistence.
Stamina.
Storytelling
Technological skills.
Writing Skills

From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Source
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Advantages of being a Freelance Photojournalist:

Ability to work from any location
Autonomy over your work
Decide your own income
Flexibility of your time
Not tied to one location
Self-employed

Down sides of being a Freelance Photojournalist:

Getting clients as a freelancer can be difficult.
In most cases they must pay expenses out of pocket.
Inconsistent and unpredictable income.
NO health insurance.
NO paid time off.
Self Directed Retirement Plan.

Freelancing can lead to

a job offer.

It can gain you valuable contacts.
Job offers can come from unexpected places.
Job offers could come from unrelated fields because you are talking to all kinds of people and companies.
This type of networking can put you in control of your future.

Do you need a College degree?
No, But having a bachelor’s degree helps.

Freelancing can help build a resume. It can also help fund your education. It can give you valuable OJT. It can also be frustrating and difficult to be a freelancer.

What does a Freelance PhotoJournalist do?

Arrange photographs or Film / Video that can tell a story.
Be a Visual Story Teller.
Capture and process photographs.
Find subjects or events to photograph that are in demand.
Know what to photograph and how to capture events.
Learn how to work for yourself.
Learn to be a visual photo or film editor.
Learn to be a Writer.
Navigate dangerous situations – Self-Protection.
Network with journalists and editors.
Select photographs to be used in news stories, books, or exhibitions.
Understand photographic equipment and keep it ready and operational.
Communicate

Writers Skill Check:

Be direct with your readers.
Be Organized.
Be Original
Communicate ideas
Find Reliable Sources.
Keep it simple and SEO optimized.
Know or Research your Subject
Proofread your work
Self-disciplined and Self-directed.
Stick to one idea