April 1st, 2005 • Quill Archives
Stricter rules have many freelancers walking tight rope
Ethics. It’s a tight line to walk. Journalists live on trust and reputation. One ethical mishap affects all of us and the ever shrinking public trust. The biggest ethical issue is coming to terms with what it means to be “unbiased.”
To be a successful freelancer, using the Internet smartly and wisely is not just an option, it’s a necessity. But always search with the skepticism of a journalist. Although the Internet has resulted in some inaccurate reporting, like fake Iraqi prisoner photos, it can also help reporters break stories or get more information about breaking news.
So you need medical insurance, and you aren’t one of the lucky ones who has another job or a spouse who can cover you. I can sympathize; I’m going through the same search myself, and I thought it would be a good time to share some of my research with others going through the same thing.
When I graduated from Indiana University four years ago, I had no idea I would end up a full-time freelance writer. It was the start of the new millennium, and everything looked bright. I graduated from one of the top 10 journalism programs in the country.