Respect your editors time

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I’ve learned a lot about how to be a good freelancing journalist by being an editor. The most important thing I’ve learned is to read everything carefully before asking questions so as not to waste an editors time asking silly questions.

If I’m not sure the due date, word limit or photograph expectations, I read carefully over past email exchanges and any information packages that I’m sent before contacting the editor.

There’s nothing more frustrating than sending a contributor a paragraph of detailed information, only to have them respond directly to that email asking for details that are clearly explained or having a story handed in that doesn’t fit the clearly stated guidelines.

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