My earlier post discussed what NOT to do if you’d like to build a career as a credible writer. Here, the experts at IJNet share their “10 tips for aspiring travel journalists.”
"State of Flux" | Collage by Niña Terol-Zialcita (2010)
Here are some of my favorites from their list:
Find a niche: Many writers make the mistake of pitching broad ideas or city guides — big no-no, says Starley-Grainger. Develop an area of expertise — something quirky but appealing to a broad audience — and editors to commission.
Don’t just be a traveler, be a journalist: Those without journalism education or experience should learn and understand how to uncover facts, develop trustworthy sources and dig out obscure information, said Starley-Grainger.
Don’t over-do a destination: There’s a difference between writing an intriguing piece on a city with high tourism rates and “over-egging” a place, Mathieson said. If your interest lies in a popular location, seek out its underground appeal. Things like backpacking in Asia, as Hodson pointed out, have been done before.
Some of the tips might seem common-sensical, but too many aspiring writers take it for granted. Click the link above to read the full article.