Environmental journalists can find work in their chosen field provided they make the proper corrections and gain the proper credentials. If you are planning to study journalism, you should cover stories about the environment. You should also consider a minor in environmental science, so you can gain a working knowledge of the issues as you hone your writing skills.
It isn’t likely that you will get a full-time reporter position for a publication such as Scientific American or National Geographic in the beginning. To find work as an environmental journalist, you need to prove to editors that you have stories that are worth telling. Look around for stories and consult with local environmental scientists about any matters they would like to have covered. Then, craft a pitch to a publication you believe would be suitable for your work. If you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t overreach. Instead of pitching to large-scale publications such as Scientific American or National Geographic, your first story should be pitched to a local publication or a credible online publication that covers environmental matters.
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If you have a wide enough range of expertise, you can continue freelancing and work your way up to more notable publications. Make sure you prove the value of your portfolio and get a fair price for your work. A great way to show potential clients that you’re serious is with a professionally-designed website highlighting your work.
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