How to Write a Newspaper Article and Get Paid for It

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The trick to turning writing into a career is to get someone to pay you for it. Several newspapers are willing to examine and perhaps publish your work but they might not want to pay you. Specialize in the right areas, such as travel writing, to get paid for your writing. Build your portfolio by taking freelance paid writing gigs for newspapers. Be willing to work part-time even if you have to sacrifice health benefits to get a start at a company.

  • E-mail your local newspaper. Become familiar with the style of the paper and ask the editor which type of articles typically pay there. Be prepared to pitch a story and give writing samples.

  • Be willing to freelance. Some writers refuse to spend their time freelancing because of the unsteady income. Accept freelance jobs to build your portfolio.

  • Take a part-time job working as a newspaper writer. Show that you are willing to start from the bottom and work your way up. Although you typically don't get benefits working part-time, you are networking on the job which can be very beneficial.

  • Do travel writing. According to Frommer's article "Travel Writing 101," travel writers who freelance might make around $75 an article for a newspaper assignment. Tour Italy, Germany and India and get paid to write about your trip.

  • Network. Open a social networking website such as Twitter or Linkedin and create an account. Stay in touch with journalists and editors to keep them up to date with your work.

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