One of Mindy McAdams’ recent blogs, “Advice for journalism students now,” was helpful and interesting – and echoed the thoughts of several Belmont journalism professors. Nothing was too shocking, but I was surprised to read this:
“Would you recommend that college students/recent grads become a freelancer — either as a way to get experience before becoming an employee, or to make a career of it?
- Yes: 71 (provides experience/clips; gets your foot in door; proves yourself valuable to decision-makers for hiring)
- Hedged response: 11 (difficult to make a living; not as a career; only as last resort)
- No: 4 (difficult to make a living; cannot hire experienced writers in entry-level positions)
This set of answers is quite significant, and I hope that journalism professors (and others who advise young journalists) will pay attention. Out of 86 respondents, 71 said YES, they would recommend freelancing. That’s 82.5 percent.”
So maybe I’ll consider freelancing… For the rest of this particular blog, follow this link! http://mindymcadams.com/tojou/2009/advice-for-journalism-students-now/
– Jessica Walker