We tell our freelance journalism course students that they must be prepared to turn their hands to anything in order to get work.

It is difficult to survive as a freelance journalists by focusing on just one area – at least to start with.

One student wanted to just write reviews. But we warned her that there is a very limited market for reviews of any sort.

Local and regional papers either use their own staff or unpaid contributors. And national papers have their own reviewers.

That leaves the magazine market where the opportunities are limited.

In addition, reviewing websites have limited the media’s role in the reviewing marketplace. Many consumers prefer to read about a customer’s experiences of a holiday or a product than a journalist’s.

A freelance journalism course graduate with an interesting reviewing will stand a better chance by writing entertainments-related features rather than reviews.

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