Do Bloggers Still Actually Write For Newspapers?

Changes in the newspaper industry have opened opportunities for writers who can understand the market. Here’s what you must know to break into today’s newspapers.

The daily and weekly newspapers published in 2015 are significantly different from the straight news and plain gray pages of past decades. (There’s even color on the front page of The New York Times!) One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is newspapers’ need for freelancers to help fill their pages.

But not just any freelancers. To get your byline thrown onto porches all around town, you must understand how newspapers have changed in the 2000s and how those changes affect the way you must write for them. You can also try blogging for fun, or in order to make money, which is the main topic of IHelpYouBlog.com.

What’s New in Newspapers

wninpThe demand for freelancers at papers like the Chicago Tribune has grown, says Tribune editor Linda Bergstrom. “It’s a good time for people to be looking into newspapers.”

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WebZine Writing: Still A Possibility?

wzwWeb zines — that is, magazines posted on the World Wide Web and accessed via your computer, modem and Web browser — have matured in the past year, becoming fast, alert and ad-heavy. And an opportunity for freelance writers.

Many print magazines publish Web versions and hire freelancers to write Web-only articles. Content providers like Microsoft Network and America Online sub-contract with entrepreneurs to put together online-only publications that require a lot of new writing. And some recent start-ups, backed by excited venture capitalists, are electronic magazines that appear only on the Web.

Web zines want up-to-date reporting (lead time is typically a week or two), reviews, personal opinions and arguments on just about every subject covered in print. Their