Selling Pictures To Local Newspapers
March 28, 2011 7:49am CST
Has anyone ever sold photos to their local newspaper? I ask because I want to start doing (or trying) this. Not as a full-time job really, but more as a on the side sort of thing. I've never done this but what got me interested was a year or two ago, there was a 17 year old in my town I read about who got into photography and within a year or year and a half had sold a picture of a motel fire (of which I was there actually). I'm sure I wouldn't get too much from a picture, but I'd like to know how it went for anyone who has sold them to local newspapers. If I had a photo I wanted to see about selling, how would I go about doing it? Would I email the editor and tell him about what I'd like to do and set up a meeting? I'd have to get the photo printed first, I'm assuming? I'd just like to know what to do and hear some experiences you might have.
28 Mar 11
I don't think this will be easy. Newspapers only need shots that are rare. Go to where the paper gets planned out and published and try selling your stuff. I don't think you'll be able to make a living out of it, though, because newspaper companies have their own photographers.
28 Mar 11
Local newspapers buy rarely photos as they have their own photographers. If you have made some exceptional shots -- a drunk celebrity or the last tsunami --, a national photo press agency is the way to go. You can also try to propose other photos, but do not expect to earn a lot with them : a friend has more than 17000 professional photos -- monuments, landscapes, macros, etc. -- in photo agencies and earn less than $500 per year with them for what he said to me. To be accepted they must be truly professional.