Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

Find Your Writing Niche: Foreign Correspondent

Listening to the reports from Paris this past week made me realize how fascinating it is to be a foreign correspondent. It’s a monumental challenge that requires stamina and determination.

Writing well is essential, but the key to being a foreign correspondent is to know at least one other language besides English. Rachele Kanigel, an associate professor at San Francisco State University, has worked with the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) and wrote a blog titled “10 Tips for Becoming a Foreign Correspondent. It’s available at

Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist in Colorado, tells of her experience in “How to Become a Foreign Correspondent: An Accidental Journalist Shares Her Story.” It’s available at

   She ends her article with sage advice to all writers.

“The most important thing for someone who is trying to start a career in journalism,” I’ll tell them (and this advice holds true for anyone who wants to be a writer) “is to not be afraid of failure.” Listening to fear when I was in a conflict zone in Yemen was wise. But letting it prohibit me from putting my all into my writing? Never.


Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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