Hi Blog. Went out mountain cycling yesterday and became a cropper: went over my handlebars on a steep trail (good thing I was wearing a helmet — my bike came down right on my head) and bent my fingers right back on my right hand. Will go easy on the typing today.
I attended the Japan Writers’ Conference last weekend in Kyoto (even presented, handout here). A very good time with some very good presentations, one of which was Eric Johnston’s excellent presentation on how to find freelance journalist jobs in Japan. There was so much information in his powerpoint that I asked if I could blog it here for wider consumption. Yeppers, he said, so here are some excerpts. Download the whole powerpoint below for the full story. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
REPORTING OPPORTUNITIES IN JAPAN:
A Practical Guide
By Eric Johnston
The Japan Times
Japan Writers Conference
October 18th, 2009
This presentation assumes. . .
You have an interest in straight reporting and writing news features on a wide variety of timely events, as opposed to writing a personal opinion column, doing book, music, art, or restaurant reviews, or writing up interview pieces.
You have a love of, and preference for, traditional print and broadcast media and appreciate the traditional editorial methods they embrace.
Getting Started: What All Successful Freelance News Reporters in Japan Usually Have
1) Bilingual business cards
2) A Web page with their articles
3) A bilingual PC
4) A cell phone capable of international calls
5) Easy access to a host of basic facts and figures about Japan, including major on-line daily news stories
6) A decent digital camera
7) Receipt books and notebooks for accounting purposes
8) A local Japanese person who serves as your “fixer’’, either paid or volunteer
MAKING CONTACT WITH JAPAN-BASED NEWS MEDIA
How Much Experience Do I Need Before I Can Realistically Expect To Be Considered for a Job?
- You Need To Have Been Published in a Similar Media Form Previously.
- You Need To Demonstrate You Know How To Pitch A News Story To The News Editors, and Understand Their Concerns.
- Personal References Are Helpful, But It’s No Substitute for a Decent Portfolio.
FULL PRESENTATION AT