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Over a century old, this recipe came from Norway.<br> Traditional German bakers shape Berlinerkranze into wreaths. MUNICH -- European aerospace giant EADS NV <b>revealed</b> Wednesday that lower charges for delayed programs such as its A400M military transport plane helped it return to profit in the fourth quarter.Jonathan <b>Sahula</b> of Boston is <b>a</b> freelance <b>film</b> and <b>video</b> editor and <b>producer</b> who frequently works for PBS’s NOVA.<br> Winding <b>up</b> the <b>Guardian</b> Northerner's debate on <b>entering</b> journalism, Clare Speak argues for optimism and ploughing your own furrowI <b>can</b> understand Glen Keogh's<br><img src=""><br> <b>frustration,</b> in his post<br><img src=""><br> which began this Guardian Northerner debate, at still not having found a job despite following all <b>the</b> advice. As we're increasingly finding <b>that</b> <b>this</b> advice no longer works, more and more would-be<br><img src=""><br> journalists now have to make their own opportunities in order to <b>get</b> ahead.Technological advances and budget cuts<br><img src=""><br> <b>mean</b> that the publishing industry has seen<br><img src=""><br> <b>big</b> <b>changes</b> <b>in</b> the last few years, and the traditional route of university followed by an unpaid internship or two, firing off applications <b>and</b> then hopefully getting a staff reporter job simply no longer applies.<br> Staff positions are disappearing, and for most of us, doing an unpaid internship <b>in</b> London is about as practical and affordable <a href = "">Silver Lotto System </a> weeks on the moon. There are other ways in though, and you don't have to work in a call centre whilst waiting for your big break either.Like Mischa Wilmers <b>in</b> his<br><img src=""><br> contribution to the debate, I looked abroad in lieu of any decent work opportunities at home, though I didn't have quite such a well laid-out plan. Unemployed and with no better ideas, I <b>decided</b> to do TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) as it would <b>allow</b> me to travel and do something with my love of the subject.<br> I moved <b>to</b> Prague in 2009<br><img src=""><br> to start teaching, with a <b>vague</b> hope that <b>by</b> the time my little <b>adventure</b> abroad was over, the job market at home might have picked up.As it turns out, I<br><img src=",xcitefun-lovely-birds-5.jpg"><br> never <b>came</b> back. After a few years of doing freelance work on the side <b>of</b> teaching or admin jobs, I've decided to stay in the Czech Republic and freelance full time from here. I'm in no rush to join the hordes chasing <b>a</b> few staff jobs in London, or <b>to</b> go back to my home town of Rochdale to brush up on my <b>waitressing</b> skills. Although I earn less here than I <b>would</b> at home, my standard <a href = "">Forex Megadroid review </a> is higher: taxes<br><img src=""><br> are lower, the sun shines more often, trains come on time and the beer is £1 a half-litre.<br> Need I go on?Obviously not everyone can just swan off to a foreign country – or to London – but there's nothing stopping you from getting <b>some</b> experience wherever you are.<br> I'm not a big fan of internships, but writing the occasional unpaid piece from home <b>isn't</b> quite on a par with six months' free labour.Freelancing<br> <b>can</b> get you anything from a bit of work experience to a full-time occupation. Forget filling out application forms, and<br><img src=""><br> bypass the HR department.<br> If you've got a dazzling story idea, approach the editor directly. What have <b>you</b> got to lose? If you <b>can't</b> chase down an <b>editor</b> to ask for a few assignments, what hope have you got of chasing down the information needed to write<br><img src=""><br> a great story?With more and more companies looking to cut costs and outsource work to freelancers, it's really not a bad time to start.<br> Increasingly fewer publications have the financial security to hire people on permanent contracts, meaning that freelancers are becoming ever more important.<br> Not to mention that as the industry continues to contract, working <b>for</b> a company <a href = "">Penny Stock Prophet. </a> offers more security than being self-employed.And being far from London (or Salford) is no disadvantage. In fact, I'm convinced that the further you are from the editors you work for, the more valuable you can be to them.<br> As budgets decrease, fewer <b>publications</b> can afford to send staff out to wherever <b>the</b> story is.Freelancing<br> is often seen as the domain of seasoned pros who've spent 20 <b>years</b> working<br><img src=""><br> in staff <b>positions,</b> but there's no reason why it should be.<br> As long as your ideas are <b>good,</b> you can do the work. In reality, I've found that no editor will be<br><img src=""><br> interested in your life <b>story</b> or which school you went to, as long as you can write something interesting which doesn't <b>take</b> a full afternoon to edit.New freelancers and those looking for a staff position alike often <b>trip</b> themselves up <b>by</b> focusing only on working for 'glamorous' and well-known titles. Go for the nationals if <b>you</b> like, though a much better bet would be the local paper (as <b>Grace</b> Newton argues in her contribution to the <b>Guardian</b> Northerner debate), niche magazines <b>or</b> trade publications.<br> Carving out your own path is never easy, but if you're not prepared to do something difficult to get <a href = "">Coffee Shop Millionaire. </a> want to<br><img src=""><br> be, <b>maybe</b> you should reconsider your decision to work in such an intensely competitive profession. Clare Speak is a freelance writer based <b>in</b> Prague, specialising in business, technology and travel. She is<br><img src="*0RMsNFnDVQyEQS1d3saH8JfSRh07HQ7esWLFNKh/Barney.jpg"><br> on and<br> Tweets here.This<br> concludes our debate.<br> You can read previous contributions - and join the wonderful world of the Guardian Northerner - via our home <b>page</b> <b>here.</b> Many thanks to all who have taken part both by sending posts <b>and</b> contributing to threads, and warm wishes and good luck to you all.Young<br> peopleEmployabilityJournalism educationCzech<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited <b>or</b> its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to <b>our</b> Terms <b>&</b> Conditions | More Feeds The sudden end of crippling energy shortages and the re-emergence of the police suggest that those opposed to President Mohamed Morsi had tried to undermine his administration.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A. O. 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