Writing News Articles for Digital Journal
As a content writer, work can become dull when you’re working on the same subjects, the same formats, and the same writing style every day. So why not try something different? News writing could be just the challenge that a seasoned or even a prospective writer is looking for and it can provide an opportunity to earn some extra money along the way.
Apply To Digital Journal
I was first introduced to Digital Journal in 2008. The site is based in Canada and they require news writers to contribute articles to their site. Prospective writers have to apply first and send a sample of their work; if the application is accepted, then the writer will be free to start contributing straight away.
As with any other news site, there is a vast range of categories to write for. Writers can choose anything from celebrity news, science and technology, health etc. If a writer has particular expertise in on a subject, then it would be a good idea to write on this topic as it reduces the amount of time needed to spend on research.
The site does pay, but not at a rate that Is likely to make any of its contributors wealthy. Payments are based on how many votes and page views a story gets; payments can also move up or down depending on if another member of the site is outperforming you. From experience I can say that a lot of stories will earn the writer a few dollars, while others can earn $8-10. However, if a story goes viral and does very well for page views and votes, then the writer could make much more.
Payments are made on the 1st of every month and are made via PayPal. Payments will only be made once the seller has made $10.00. If a writer doesn’t reach the payment level, then the money they have earned will be held over until the next month.
As an occasional contributor, I have made nearly $800 on Digital Journal, while others have made a whole lot more. To maximize earnings, writers need to contribute every day, choose assignments as these pay more, or write specials as they earn more, too.
Building Your Portfolio
Contributing to DJ is also useful for building up a portfolio of work and using it for examples when applying for other freelance jobs. Many of the contributors to DJ have also been asked to write for other sites and publications as well, so this is a site that offers many advantages for would-be news writers.
The Digital Journalist’s Handbook [Kindle Edition]
The Digital Journalist’s Handbook is your guide to the tools you need to know to thrive in today’s digital newsroom. composed of 12 chapters, each dedicated to a different tool in the digital journalist’s toolbox.
File Size: 1691 KB
Print Length: 236 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (August 1, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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