Weaving words for the web

Written by Yvette Nielsen

WHILE Luddites tollrepparttar death knell for books, we who have maderepparttar 129761 transition to “new media” look torepparttar 129762 future with confidence.

The Internet does not spellrepparttar 129763 end ofrepparttar 129764 written word butrepparttar 129765 beginning of fresh opportunities and renewed status for professional writers throughoutrepparttar 129766 world.

Since becoming disillusioned withrepparttar 129767 world of print journalism atrepparttar 129768 dawn ofrepparttar 129769 90s, I have sought new challenges and, following a baptism of fire inrepparttar 129770 bureaucracy, I pursued short-term freelance work.

Newsletters, media releases, proofreading, editing and copywriting have been my staple diet for three years, and a surprisingly satisfying one at that.

Freelancing also provided time to learn aboutrepparttar 129771 new communications medium, which sparked my interest a few years ago when commissioned to write corporate copy for a pioneer web site developer.

As more businesses, individuals and organisations have consideredrepparttar 129772 question of “when” rather than “if” they should set up an on-line presence, competition in web site development has intensified.

Gradually,repparttar 129773 gulf has widened between sites developed using professionals – web content writers, graphic designers, programmers and marketers – and sites hastily thrown together on a Saturday afternoon with a “do-it-yourself” web-authoring package.

The content manager or writer has beenrepparttar 129774 missing link inrepparttar 129775 web development process – until now.

As web design houses wake up torepparttar 129776 fact that a successful site needs more than pretty pictures and nifty applets, people with strong communication and organisational skills are in demand.

Just as a desktop publishing package does not transform a writer into a graphic artist, a web-authoring program does not turn a graphic designer, computer programmer or marketer into a wordsmith. We each have our own talents and should respectrepparttar 129777 differences.

How to Break Into Writing for Newspapers

Written by Linda C. Allardice

Besides waking up with a morning coffee, millions of us wake every day to blaring newspaper headlines about police gunning down a suspect, or a fire that leaves a family of four homeless, or a city council that wants to make it illegal to dump computer monitors inrepparttar landfill. The stories can be exciting, tragic, informative, even amusing. And beingrepparttar 129760 reporter who gathersrepparttar 129761 information or coversrepparttar 129762 scene of emergency incidents must be a thrill. As a freelance writer you may have considered trying your hand at newspaper reporting, but maybe you have little or no journalism classes in your background. Don’t let that stop you. Break intorepparttar 129763 newspaper business by becoming a stringer – a freelance reporter who is paid byrepparttar 129764 story. Weekly and daily newspapers are always onrepparttar 129765 lookout for stringers. It’s economical for them and it frees up their staff reporters to handlerepparttar 129766 bigger stories. What kind of work can you expect as a stringer? I’ve been stringing for 18 years covering news inrepparttar 129767 suburbs such as town council, school board, planning board and zoning board meetings. Stringers are also used to coverrepparttar 129768 local entertainment fare, high school and college sports, and feature stories. The pay for stringers varies withrepparttar 129769 size ofrepparttar 129770 newspaper. The basic rate is about $35 per story, but can go as high as $200 or more, depending onrepparttar 129771 work involved and ifrepparttar 129772 paper also wants you to take photographs. So how do you get started? Checkrepparttar 129773 newspaper or newspapers inrepparttar 129774 area. Read throughrepparttar 129775 publications and see what stories are missing. Has a new department store opened recently, but you didn’t find a story about it inrepparttar 129776 paper? Did your property tax bill suddenly skyrocket, but you read nothing about this coming downrepparttar 129777 pike? Don’t think nothing happens inrepparttar 129778 suburbs. I’ve covered town council meetings where police were called in to escort troublemakers out ofrepparttar 129779 meeting hall. I’ve covered meetings whererepparttar 129780 debate escalated to a point where a council member stood and called her colleagues a “bunch of sleezebags.”

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