Sell Your Content to News Outlets
So then, what is news? Again as defined by Google, news is simply newly received or noteworthy information, or information not previously known to someone. By this definition, just about any information can be considered news, and if that is the case, then there are newsworthy events happening all around us all the time, we just need to be aware of them.
You do not need to be a good reporter to be a great journalist, you just need to be aware of the things going on around you in your daily routine. If you can become more aware of the goings on around you, you can begin to recognize these newsworthy moments as they're happening and capture them in a picture, in a video, or in a story. If you but knew it, some of the best and most successful journalists were and are freelance journalists. What makes them successful is the fact that they are aware of the things going on around them, and they are able to recognize and capture those newsworthy moments.
You do not need a news van full of fancy equipment to capture newsworthy events. You actually have an excellent camera, a fairly decent video recorder, and a perfectly good sound recorder all in one device, and that device is your smartphone. Any person with one of these devices can be a journalist, and a good one!
So once you become aware and are able to recognize the newsworthy moments, armed with your smartphone, you can capture these moments. If you do this consistently, often you'll find that you are the only person who has the inside scoop on a newsworthy happening complete with photos or a video. As the only person who thought to pull out their smartphone and record this happening, you then become the only source on that event for media outlets, and that makes you very, very valuable.
It is not easy for news outlets to find great stories to report on every single day for their readers or viewers, so if you can make their jobs easier by giving them a great moment or event to report on when otherwise they may not have had any fresh news to report that day, they will thank you by compensating you handsomely.
Now, trying to get your stories, photos and videos out to the numerous media outlets out there in hopes that they will buy your content can be a lot of work. Luckily, there exists intermediaries that can get your newsworthy content to the right outlets for you, outlets that will pay for that content, and pay well, I like to call these intermediaries "news brokers." Most of these companies only charge a small fee for their services, and some of them will even distribute your content for free. Throughout the remainder of this post, I'm going to talk about some of these "news brokers" and where you can find them. So all of you would be journalists out there, keep on reading!
News Brokering Websites
Closing ThoughtsThe lesson that I want everyone to take from this post is this: Thanks to the availability of smartphones nowadays, anybody can be a part time freelance journalist, even you. You just need to be aware of what is going on around you as you go about your days. Whenever you see something interesting happening, go ahead and capture a quick video of it, or take a couple of photos with your smartphone. You can then submit your photos or video footage to a few of the platforms listed above. If you remember to do this, you may be surprised at how often you can make some easy extra money from some of the circumstances that you experience throughout your day simply because you were there and you were smart enough to capture it on your smartphone while everyone else just watched it happen. Even if journalism is not something that you want to pursue a career in, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't capitalize on the newsworthy moments happening around you all the time.
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