Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Apr 2008 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Regular OSNews readers will notice we've had a drop-off in original articles over the past year or so. That's something we'd like to change. We'd like to encourage OSNews readers to submit articles by staging a contest wherein the best articles will be judged by OSNews staff and readers, and the winners will receive valuable prizes. All submitted articles that meet our submission guidelines will be published at OSNews. In addition to wanting articles to publish, this is also a talent search of sorts. We're hoping to identify talented OSNews readers to fill the ranks as editors and regular contributors. If you think you have the skills and desire to be a part of OSNews, please enter the contest, or just contact us. Read more for details on the contest.
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Right here is as good a place as any to announce that we intend for this contest to be a recruitment tool to find writers that we hope we can bring on to do regular writing for OSNews. And those people who we do bring on to do writing on an ongoing basis will be compensated at a rate in line with what web sites like OSNews pay.

That being said...

People contribute content to web sites all day long without expecting compensation. How much do you get for recommending a site to digg? Digg wouldn't exist if people didn't do their work for them. How much do you expect to be paid for writing the comment you just wrote? The comments on OSNews are a big part of our content. Making a call for submissions is not the same as asking for donations. OSNews has never asked people to donate money. People who contribute their time and energy have done so in exchange for fame.

99% of the bloggers out there, if they make any money at all, don't make enough to fairly compensate them for their time. Why do they do it? It's gratifying to be able to have a say, and it feeds our spirits to know that other people are reading what we say. It's a natural human desire. Small-time bloggers are often frustrated, though, because they know that their missives aren't being widely read. They wish more people were reading, because then their blog would have more meaning.

People contribute to OSNews because it allows them to have a prominent stage on which to showcase their talents. It's like setting up a blog and having a hundred thousand people read it the next day. And it's not just random people, but fellow OS enthusiasts. Do you want to be able to have your say? Submit something to OSNews.

There are very few online news sites that make enough money from advertising that they can afford full-time writing staff. Thankfully, OSNews does finally make enough money that it can afford to pay contributors of feature-length original articles. But still, I doubt anyone is going to be in it for the money. If you're looking to strike it rich, I don't recommend a career in writing for niche-oriented tech news websites. If you're looking to be a big fish in a small pond, and get your voice heard, however, come on down!

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