The Yandex news aggregator collects information from 7,000 sites, publishing more than 50,000 items daily. Someone writes all these texts and gets paid for it. Do you also want to make money on news, but do not know where to start and how much they will pay for it? The good news (pun intended) is that it is much easier to become a newsman in the internet age than it was 20 years ago. Earnings depend on many factors and range from a few kopecks to hundreds and even thousands of rubles.
First of all, let's define the concept of a news journalist. Now, in the heyday of online media, this profession is divided into two distinct camps:
1. Reporters working in the field and collecting news. They travel to the scene of events, press conferences and other events. This is a classic of news work, its basis.
2. News rewriters who take information on other resources and rewrite it for their media. Some sit in the offices of large publications, most work from home as copywriters (often simultaneously doing the same copywriting and other text work).
How is a reporter different from a news rewriter?
To become a reporter, you need to personally come to the editorial office and get a job as an in-house or freelance journalist. Journalism education is desirable, but not required (unless, of course, you are aimed at international work in prestigious media). The reporter is considered a "grassroots" journalistic profession, so students and practically everyone who wants to do this job is hired.
The main thing for a reporter is mobility. The ability to present the news is also important, but secondary: the main thing is to regularly bring fresh news "in the beak", and the editor will handle the text. However, completely illiterate people will not be accepted into the profession.
● transition to more prestigious journalistic directions, requiring not only obtaining, but also analytical processing of information;
● delivery of exclusive news to editions (correspondents with personal sources in various circles - political, social, sports, etc. are highly valued);
● specialization in major federal and international events (including work in hot spots).
You can also try your hand at news journalism via the Internet: more and more media outlets accept reports from “people's reporters”, especially in photo and video formats.
How to become a news rewriter?
Anyone who writes logically, without errors and understands the peculiarities of the news format can become a news rewriter. Now, news rewriting is often referred not so much to web journalism as to one of the varieties of copywriting (in the broadest sense of this term). The main features of the newsletter's work:
● speed - in the media, rewriting news is usually given from 20 minutes to an hour, on exchanges - from 1 to 3 hours;
● responsibility - filling the news feed should be regular.
The work of a rewriter on the news feed is usually combined with the selection of photos and placing texts on the site.
There are several ways to find such a job:
1. Get a job in the editorial office of the media. Filling a news feed takes 8-12 hours, this is a full-fledged remote work, not freelance. The major media have night shifts. Major news sites battle for minutes in news feed to stay ahead of the competition. The requirements are tough: for example, the editor of Life once posted on Facebook an order to dismiss an employee who had been absent for 10 minutes at night. However, there are editions with less busy schedules, but you should still remember that the news is good fresh.
You can find a job either by sending a resume to the editorial office or by responding to a vacancy. Such vacancies are found both on job search portals and on freelance exchanges. By the way, in addition to the 7,000 media outlets from which Yandex collects news, there are many other sites that the aggregator refused to register.Sometimes the media is present only in the Google aggregator, only in the Yandex or Rambler feed. There are also media outlets that are not registered with aggregators at all (the selection criteria are strict), but they also pay there.
Do not forget about new information channels: for example, the Telegram platform. It is now one of the fastest news feed channels. And, of course, telegram channels also need employees.
2. Search for orders on copywriting exchanges. News is needed not only by the media: now on many sites there are thematic news sections. Sites that need a small volume of news and do not require a lot of urgency in their submission place orders on the exchanges. They are interested in permanent responsible rewriters, so they will provide a good performer with a stable flow of orders.
Sometimes sites work through copywriting agencies. An example is the agency Textreporter, which publishes orders from various sites in the bureau Textbroker.
3. Post news on sites that pay for viewing. Anyone can try, but the payment is likely to be disappointing. To make good money, you need to be able to select top news and at the same time stay ahead of the competition.
● transition to other areas of web journalism - analytics, columnism, etc.;
● getting an editorial position;
● opening your own news blog, telegram channel or media.
How much can you earn from news?
Reporters' earnings vary. On the one hand, several thousand rubles can be paid for an exclusive news item. The work of international affairs is also generously paid. But the fees for the bulk of reporters are low, 20,000-30,000 rubles a month.
The fork of earnings on news in web journalism is even wider and reaches two orders of magnitude:
● It's hard to earn even a few rubles per text on views.
● On exchanges they pay 30-50 rubles per thousand characters, rarely more. On Textbroker, the standard rate for news from Textreporter is the 1st level tariff, that is, 100 rubles minus 25% of the exchange commission. Complex orders (for example, with the search for foreign sources) are placed at the rates of the 2nd - 150 rubles minus the commission.
● In the media, an average of 50-100 rubles are paid for filling a news feed. per text or 50-100 rubles. for a thousand characters, and the employee may be required to post an article with a photo on the site. The average earnings of a news writer-rewriter in the media is 15,000-30,000 rubles. If he performs additional duties (for example, editorial), writes texts with an analytical approach, or works in a particularly tough regime, earnings can reach 50,000 rubles.
The income fork is not always fair: for example, a provincial reporter, busy with work in the field and running around the city all day, does not always earn even 20,000 rubles, and a rewriter who rewrites the news collected by such reporters can get one and a half times more. Therefore, your earnings on the news will largely depend on where you get a job - and not on your place of residence, but on your ability to monitor the labor market and look for profitable options.