In the UK 84% of British adults read a regional newspaper, making it the most widely read medium in the country. 4067 local newspapers are sold in the UK every minute and there are over 1300 regional and local newspapers.
Local newspapers are big business. And they also represent an excellent writing opportunity.
Next time you look at your local newspaper, think of how you could possibly contribute. Although much will be written by staff, many local editors are prepared to consider submissions and proposals put to them. And although sometimes the amount they pay may be on the low side, writing for local papers can give you excellent experience as a good way to get your work into print.
If you are looking to become published or a possible outlet for articles, it could reward you to 'think local.'
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