NOTE: A portion of this column ran previously on SPJ’s SPJ’s Independent Journalist blog. A few months ago, there was breaking news almost in my backyard, and suddenly I had more freelance business than I knew what to do about. I’d just come out of my Norman, Okla.,
I became a full-time freelance journalist three years ago. The first thing I did was make a mistake. It took me a while to figure that out — from the start I was busy writing for local, regional and national newspapers, magazines and websites.