There are lots of websites which provide such services. The main thing is that the content needs to be relevant and appropriate. Getting published by famous online news organization is tough but not impossible. Good luck with your articles!
Make sure that your content goes along with what they're wanting to publish. If they have guidelines on their site for their content, follow them. The best idea is to get in touch with editors and build a relationship with them.
Don't go after the big sites first, leverage yourself up in the smaller niche sites so that when you are ready to target those bigger sites, those are editors are more likely to respond to you.
I am dating myself, but I have published over 30 magazines and some newspapers, pre online publishing days. My editors were always open to talking with people that could write something interesting pertaining to the particular subject niche. If you want to provide more specifics perhaps I can be of help to you. Of course, your writing style has to be deemed print worthy by the organization.
Hi Jen, Everyone has written some great advice, but one tactic I found recently that might help you. Read the recent stories (research) and find one in your field that may not be 100% correct, contact them and let them know that you would like them to write a response back to this article to correct and information which is incorrect in the previous article. They will usually more likely to publish this type of information and reference you in the article as the source and expert in the field.
The reason they do this is because the subject is fresh and has been qualified as a news worthy article, and they don't like making mistakes, so if you can rectify this misinformation, they will be happy to help you publish the article.
I've only ever had my entries published on music and movie online websites and that's by contacting them directly. Other ways are finding people who work for such news organisations on social networking sites like Twitter, Hub Pages, Linked in or Tumblr.
Hope this helps any!
The content needs to be relevant
for the target audience needs of the day. Keywords from SEO?SEM that qualify the audience and the article should support the brand message themes of the publication.
Hi Jen, It's a long shot to get an article published by the mainstream media unless that story is powerful in some way, chances are if you go the press release route as someone suggested it's going to blend nicely with all the other crap that those services attract.
My advice would be to dive deeper to understand the audience you intend to reach and then find sources that those people read. Those people are going to be easier to contact and be more responsive. Make a list of sources, find twitter names, email addresses or phone numbers and get to know them. It's not submit and forget, it's build relationships with your community, in this case publishers in your niche.
Good luck and message me if you have more questions.
By having a clear and compelling story line that catches the readers attention will certainly help in getting it published.
Well, there are some rules and guidelines for writing a Press Releases. I suggest you look them up before approaching any news organizations, because they get swamped with press releases every day and only publish the ones that are well-written follow the rules. If interested, I can send you a sample press release that I submitted a few months ago.
All of the suggestions here are good ones... some additional suggestions I'd offer, having been on both sides of the fence both as a publicist and a reporter:
- Be sure to know what the reporter you're pitching has written about in the past, and be sure you approach him/her in a way that lets them know you understand the publication and what his/her readers are looking for.
- Understand that what seems like "news" to your executive team isn't always news in the eyes of a reporter. Be sure your article ties into major trends.
- Be sure the reporter and publication you're pitching hasn't written about the topic already - seems like a PR 101 tip, but you'd be surprised how often people don't do their homework.
- If the reporter says no, ask if he/she will offer some feedback as to why - they might give you revision suggestions that would make the piece more valuable.