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>Hey, I got my first royalty check for my book Freelancing for Newspapers, and it’s a big one. Thank you to everyone who has bought the book. I appreciate it. If you haven’t bought it and are curious, you can find it at the usual online and brick-and-mortar bookstores.

Enough for the commercial. Are you sending things out? I got two stories in the e-mail last week. Fingers crossed. I also, gasp, applied for a full-time newspaper job. My family situation makes it important to haul in some regular cash, and this opportunity is too good to pass up. If I get it, will I stop freelancing? No, never, especially when jobs are so rare and so shaky these days. Whether I get it or not, I’m going to keep up the submissions, and I hope you do, too.

The Oregonian just announced another round of cutbacks. Part-timers are history, and full-timers are taking a pay cut. The Portland-based paper has already laid off or early-retired over 100 people. North of us, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer made good on its threat to stop publishing a print newspaper, putting out its last issue on March 17.

What does this mean? Well, the news business is not ending; it’s changing. Keep your eyes open for opportunities, especially online. To that end, there’s a cool website called cyberjournlist.net that has lots of good information about writing for online publications. Check it out.

That’s it for me. Let me know what you’re up to.