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10 new ways to make money in journalism

Posted in Next Generation Journalist by Adam Westbrook on May 7, 2010

The problem: there aren’t enough jobs for journalists

4,000 journalism jobs were lost in the UK last year; 20,000+ in the US. Meanwhile the number of young people applying for journalism courses went up, in the UK by nearly 16%.

The solution: journalists need to think differently about their career and come up with new ways to make a living

I’m very happy to announce details of a project I’ve been working on for several months now, which is almost ready to go live.

In all the blog posts I have written, Future of News meetups I have hosted, lectures and training sessions I have given since quitting my full-time job seven months ago one thing has become clear: journalists in the future need to think differently if they’re going to survive.

The maths just don’t add up for a start.

There are too many journalists and not enough jobs. How do we navigate that?

Emerging from this is the Next Generation Journalist: someone who isn’t threatened by talk of the supposed declining value of news, the slashing of budgets or lack of jobs. Instead of threats or problems, they see opportunities.

It might seem we live in the toughest of times as journalists, but in fact we are hugely privileged to live when we do. The internet has shaken journalism to the core, but it has also created three fantastic opportunities we can’t ignore:

  • the opportunity to create high quality content at a fraction of the price
  • the opportunity to publish that content for free
  • the opportunity to create new audiences, communities for that content, and then monetise it

The Next Generation Journalist seizes on these opportunities and does journalism in new and exciting ways – and makes money.

10 new ways to make money in journalism

I want more people to seize these opportunities and exploit the digital economy. It’s not easy though, and requires not just creativity, and a bit of business know-how…but guts and persistence, the drive to swim against the tide and do epic shit no-one has done before.

So I’ve spent the last few months working on a new e-book which I hope will help people along the way. It’s called the Next Generation Journalist and will be available to download on May 20th.

In the book I’ve compiled 10 new business ideas for journalists to pursue. It shows you what they are, but also how it’s done; and features interviews with people who’ve actually done it.

It’s got its own website and everything, and there’ll be discounts for anyone who signs up early – just click here to do that.

What are the 10 new ways?

The good news is you don’t have to buy the book to find out what the 10 new ways to make money are!

Every day from Monday I’ll be revealing a new career opportunity contained within the book, so you can see whether it fits you before parting with any cash.

You’ll get more info too, including exclusive video and audio interviews, if you get yourself on the mailing list…click here!

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  2. Eric said, on May 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Hey, That sounds very interresting, i think that Journalism is an adventures and cool career to choose and i realy like the fact, that you’re writing about it. A Friend of mine wants to be a journalist aswell and maybe i cane advice here to read you’re artucle. Keep up the good work🙂

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    Thanks for your ideas and your sharing

  5. travelinhobo@hotmail.com said, on June 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

    the opportunity to create high quality content at a fraction of the price – I’d like to know where that “high quality” is. You journalists have destroyed the written word all for a buck. Now a paragraph consists of one sentence, a story is written up without reviewing for grammar and spelling mistakes, no editor looks at these stories before sticking them on the internet, and stories which aren’t stories at all but yellow journalism are considered “reporting”. Somebody explain to me why I had to take English 101 in university. Somebody explain to me why my writing ability is much higher than the average ‘reporter’s’. Somebody explain to me why I only need an 8th grade writing level to get a writing job when it should be much higher. Writing has become a lost art.

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