‘Special’ Newspaper Reporters Are Just That

By Peter Parker, Special To the Daily Bugle

Imagine you’re seeing a new name in the newspaper — the newspaper you’d love to see covering YOU.

Is someone like Peter listed as staff? “Special” is an age-old code word for freelance writer. The writer gets paid only for the completed feature, often very little pay. Reporters should be salaried, getting paid no matter what. Furthermore, they may not go out on a limb to convince an editor of your story’s value. They may be saving their influence and reputation on a pet project all their own.

The “special” writer, however, is just that. No work means no money. They’re paid only on completion. The more they write, the more they can eat. Look for their “special” status in the newspaper, then feed them your story idea.

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