>Freelancing for Newspapers

>Greetings:
My name is Sue Fagalde Lick. I’m a freelance writer and I also teach courses in freelance article writing and creative writing. Read about me at my website, http://www.suelick.com.

This summer, I am working on a book about freelancing for newspapers. There are lots of books out there about writing for magazines and selling books, but not much about newspapers. I’ve got 33 years experience as a staff reporter, photographer and editor and 15 years as a freelancer (sometimes simultaneously; I’m not that old). I’m learning a lot as I work on my book. I will share what I can without violating my book contract. I want to hear from others who want to ask questions or talk about their experiences writing for newspapers. I also welcome my students, past and present, to consider this their homeroom for discussions, announcements, and questions. I promise you won’t have to sit in alphabetical order.

This being my first blog, I have no idea what I’m doing, but it should be fun figuring it out. Freelancing can be a lonely business, and sometimes newsies can feel like the poor stepchildren of those slick magazine writers. So let’s get together, okay?

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2 Comments on “>Freelancing for Newspapers”

  1. Jamie says:

    >Hi Sue -I’m one of your former students and one of your success stories. I can’t thank you enough for all the good info in your class. I’m glad to see your putting it all into a book!My freelancing for newspapers followed the exact path you laid out. About four months after the class, I did a few freelance pieces for an online newspaper that covered my area. I used those clips and turned them in with my resume to the local print paper. Three or four weeks later, they called me in to start freelancing for them. I covered high school sports, but at the end of the school year, assignments dried up.Until their city reporter quit. Then they called me to cover her beat as a freelancer until they hired a new reporter. A week ago, they asked me as their new reporter, and I liked it so much, I agreed. The great thing is I cover pretty much the same I did as a freelancer, plus more features (which I really love) – I’ll even get to cover one or two of the high school sports. As you said, being a small town paper, I take my own pictures (except for high school sports – because it’s a specialty, they hire a freelance photographer for those). Anyway, it was cool to see it play out as you described. I thank you for your invaluable instruction.Jamie

  2. […] In the beginning, the blog was called Freelancing for Newspapers. I started it to publicize my then-upcoming Freelancing for Newspapers book. I’ll be honest. Some of those first posts were so lame it hurts to read them now. I was just learning how to blog. Now I offer a class on it. (click on Classes above). Over those first few years, I offered a mix of my own experiences writing freelance articles, plus information about the newspaper business and advice for writers on everything from how to get an assignment to how to get paid. […]


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