My good friend and sports writer Martin Whiteley is the star of today’s post. Martin has always been and continues to be supportive, enthusiastic, and encouraging of my career. I try my hardest to do the same for him. We first connected online when I was Programme Editor for the Hull Wasps Basketball team and when I was in charge of their Twitter updates. Martin used to retweet, share, comment and generally help spread the message about the basketball team. He’s proof that good lasting connections can be made over the internet. Here he discusses the practicalities of getting articles published, motivations behind the craft, and specifically about advantages of writing for The News Hub.
Hi, Martin. Please give us an introduction to yourself and your previous work.
I have always been a lover of writing, ever since I was in school, and have always been passionate about sports. I first started writing to make some extra money while working as an assistant to the golf professional at Springhead Park golf course in Hull. Since then, I’ve contributed to golf magazines and have written for Beyond the Benches, Exclusive Sports Media, IRL Media, and others. My latest project has been writing sports articles for The News Hub.
There is a rapidly increasing number of online platforms for news writing and reporting, and this is especially true of sports writing. How do you combat this to make yourself and your writing stand out?
With the number of websites covering every topic imaginable growing daily it is becoming increasing easy to find one that covers the subject that interests you. The same can also be said if you wish to write about your passion.
The problem is, the chances of the site paying for your submissions are also very high and not in a positive way.
The most popular subjects are inundated with thousands of websites all promising you the chance to ‘get your work noticed with a large following, that will ‘build your portfolio.’ The only problem is when you ask them, ‘What do you do to advertise your site? What marketing are you doing so that the articles can be found?’ you usually never hear from them again! As most people can write it is seems a quick way to earn money with the impression of not having to do much work!
This is my issue with some writers. For them, it’s more about the financial reward and they think little about the impact of the writing itself. That’s why I started writing for The News Hub.
Tell us a little bit about The News Hub.
The News Hub pays $50 or £30 per article and with a bonus of $150 or £100 for the top six contributors each month, TNH lets you covers anything you want to write about. Before all the ‘Jane or Jonny-come-latelies’ go rushing off to sign up, they have one important rule. You must be in the top 10% of the category of the subject you have covered!
Every writer worth his or her salt will have a box full of rejection slips and only persevere because they love writing
What is it that makes The News Hub unique?
With a lot of sites, even if you contribute regularly, the likelihood of your work being spotted is very slim. Over time when people fail to see positive change or impact, the amount of content subsides, or the person running it gets fed up and decides they would rather go down to the pub with their mates that upload the article that you have spent time preparing.
I was drawn to The News Hub because they do a lot to promote your work as well as give you lots of ideas of how your articles can be seen by the masses. What is unrivalled is the commitment they have to not only having a website that has outstanding work on it and not just any rubbish that people class as acceptable, but written by people who share the same passion as they do.
The onus though is totally on the contributor to find the best way of maximising this for their own work. No writer can expect all of the work to be done for them. Half of a writer’s job in today’s publishing climate is marketing yourself, where once it was the publisher’s job to do it for you. It’s about that balance.
writing, books and publishing are labours of love and not to be used as a way to earn quick money.
What do you think sports and news writers need to do to have a good chance of becoming successful in the industry?
In two words – determination and perseverance! Every writer worth his or her salt will have a box full of rejection slips and only persevere because they love writing and are not just looking to make a ‘quick buck.’
Article writing is hard work and until you build up your own networks of communications there may not be a great deal to show money-wise for a while.
What misconceptions about writing and publishing does the News Hub wish to stamp out?
As the lady who runs this blog knows herself, writing, books and publishing are labours of love and not to be used as a way to earn quick money. The News Hub website feels the same and should be treated as such. Even more so today these types of website are a very rare breed, but certainly most welcome for the true writer. I look forward to futher building and strengthening my career this way.
You can follow Martin on Twitter @673martin
To find out more about The News Hub, visit https://www.the-newshub.com/
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