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This is great information regarding how writing patterns need to change for the web. However, I think there's a lot more Newspapers could do to improve their sites. They should have Geographic interfaces to EVERYTHING... stories, classifieds, ads, etc. and they must exploit the fact that they are the local experts with all of the resources. Many newspapers I go to look like the 'corporate' site because they've merged their IT resources from multiple newspapers. These sites don't talk enough about the reporters, their regions and topics, etc. They look like a newspaper online, instead of a regional news portal. The internet doesn't have geographic boundaries, but newspapers do! They need to exploit it! Why would I read a story from the AP when I can get that on any site? I shouldn't!!!!
Thank you so much for this information. I’m currently a massage therapist and pregnant with my first child. Knowing I’ll need extra income for baby expenses has me searching for alternative ways to make money before the baby arrives. I’ve always enjoyed writing and hope to finish my first book within the next two years so getting paid to write seems fabulous. From the tips you’ve provided, my first steps will be to google “publication pay submission”, check Craigslist and Sophie Lizard’s newsletter. I look forward to getting back to you shortly with an incredible praise report!! Thanks again!!