How did you get your first job in freelance radio journalism?

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Journalism graduates are no doubt feeling the stress of an uncertain job market. But instead of waiting for your big break, could you be working for yourself and getting paid?There are plenty of opportunities out there in the creative industries according to Imogen Holland, a recent multimedia journalism graduate from Salford University. Since finishing her course, she has secured freelance shifts with Metro Radio, a commercial radio station owned by Bauer Media and based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has even ventured into content creation and web marketing work. At Metro Radio, she pays close attention to breaking news and reports on how wider national issues are affecting communities in the North East of England.Holland spoke to Journalism.co.uk about what advice she would give fresh graduates to stand out in a crowded job market and what it takes to find work as a freelance journalist today.Use your network to get startedThe hardest part of freelancing is taking the first step. For this, use the contacts you have built in the industry during previous work experience.Holland did two weeks work experience with Metro Radio in August 2019 and that led to more …

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