Advice for a regular journalist?

Subject: Advice for a regular journalist?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 14:28:01 -0700

I'm moving into a heavily journalistic phrase in my working life. If all goes
well, starting next month, I'll be a regular stringer for a company that runs
half a dozen on-line sites, writing several stories a week on open source. About
half my monthly income will be coming from journalism, and maybe more.

I've being doing high-tech articles for longer than I've been a tech-writer, and
I was even a Contributing Editor at a magazine for a while. However, none of my
past work was down in the trenches, so to speak, filing stories on a regular
basis. As a result, the change is a bit of a stretch

I know that some list members have been journalists, so I was wondering if any
of them had any suggestions about what to expect, how to make the transition,
what mistakes to avoid and - well, anything else that they might be willing to

"Don't" is advice that is probably too late; in my naivety, I'm excited and
pleased about the change. But I'm determined to do it right, so I'll gladly
listen to any advice that anybody choses to give.

Bruce Byfield


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