How to be a freelance travel journalist


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How to be a freelance travel journalist

  1. 1. Blogging and freelancing:making the transition from digital to print Lucy CorneFreelance Travel Writer
  2. 2. The first transition – online magazines Things to consider: • Payment • Layout • Exposure (
  3. 3. From (pay: $50)
  4. 4. From Reader’s Digest
  5. 5. Things to consider • Payment • Layout • Exposure ( • Rights
  6. 6. A few ideas to get you started
  7. 7. When writing for someone else… • Know the publication • Read the guidelines • Craft a pitch
  8. 8. The pitch • The hook • Short para explaining idea (could/should include angle, word count, why now)• Availability of images, when you can deliver • Why you’re the person for the job. Include links to clips, contact details • Personalise it! • Spell check!
  9. 9. A pitch that workedThe day didnt really go as planned. Rather than taking photographs of extravagantly decorated elephants, we were organizing a group of grinning kids into teams for a makeshift cricket match, using a half-full water bottle in lieu of an actual bat. But this was India, and on the subcontinent things never quite go to plan.The Jaipur Elephant Festival is well-known for its dramatic photo opportunities but theres a lot more to see than the sequins, the feathers and the copious amounts of paint required to make up a pachyderm. Papad traders ply their wares, musicians treat spectators to a taste of traditional Rajasthani music and groups of tourists inevitably lose tug-of-war battles to adult elephants. And its all presided over by a desperate compere, perpetually begging the over-eager audience to cease the constant pitch invasion.As the 2009 festival nears (March 10th) Id like to share the awe, the frustration and the confusion of the Elephant Festival with The Toronto Star’s readers. This 1000-word article goes beyond a staid description of the festival, showing that while Indian celebrations arent all about polished edges and carefully planned itineraries, they are always fascinating and full of unexpected fun. Naturally, the piece comes with illustrations (in the form of colour slides) and a sidebar providing the practicalities of a visit to Jaipur. I can have the finished piece on your desk by the end of the week.About the author: Im a freelance writer and insatiable traveller with a penchant for the offbeat. As well as penning three guide books from scratch (for Dorling Kindersley, Bradt and new British publisher Explore Travel Guides), my travel articles have been featured in numerous publications both on line and in print, including Wanderlust, The Guardian, The Independent and AsiaSpa. Please take a look at the Published Work section of my webpage to check out my credentials and writing style: or follow one of the links below to get straight to a couple of my articles.I very much look forward to hearing from you and to working with The Toronto Star in the near future.Best regardsLucy Corne
  10. 10. A few things to think about • Multiple submissions • Learn to take rejection – and being ignored! • Do give a gentle, polite nudge • Set yourself a time limit• Get as many articles as possible from one trip • Keep blogging – use it to become an expert
  11. 11. Some resources to get you started • • •• Trawl the web for travel magazines around the world, specialist interest magazines, in-flight magazines, newspapers, general interest
  12. 12. My first by-line
  13. 13. Online portfolio
  14. 14. Good luck!“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things thatyou didnt do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain