How to be a Journalist

For anyone aspiring to be a penniless freelancer who can only afford to live in Africa, here are some of the nuggets that helped me get where I am today …

  • Volunteer for everything - family friend and journalist
  • The newsroom is not a democracy - editor of The Chester Chronicle (expletives removed)
  • If you go out for lunch with the proofreader, make sure lunch figures somewhere - editor-in-chief of The Chester Chronicle
  • Always get the most expensive haircut you can afford - content editor of The Press and Journal (Aberdeen)
  • The newsroom is not a debating chamber - deputy chief sub of The Herald (Glasgow)
  • You can’t libel scum - chief sub of The Herald, while pondering whether I could label a man convicted of dealing heroin and murder as a Glasgow “crimelord”
Rob Crilly, freelance journalist writing about Africa for The Times, The Irish Times, The Daily Mail, The Scotsman and The Christian Science Monitor from his base in Nairobi.

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