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As an aspiring writer/blogger, I'm finding it hard to know where to start. I'd like to be able to get some work of mine, possibly from my blog, in a local newspaper.

  1. What advice is there for aspiring and young writers trying to get pieces of work in a local newspaper?
  2. How should I go about contacting the right people for this, such as editorials? What manner should I have towards them?
  3. Is my current writing style appropriate for a newspaper column or highlight?
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Ask.

Provided that you're reasonably polite and that you don't act like you're entitled to have your work featured in the paper, you're unlikely to make any enemies simply by asking. Most newspapers have email or postal addresses listed somewhere; sending them an email or a letter can't hurt.

Phrases like "Are you looking for new content for [newspaper]?" or "Would you be interested in..." spring to mind. I'd also recommend picking one or two of your best pieces of writing, having them proofread by a friend - or anybody whose English you trust, really - and sending them in. Don't count on them researching you by going and reading your blog.

As far as style goes, there exist newspapers for every writing style on Earth; it depends on the paper. For a typical newspaper column, I'd say your writing style is okay, if maybe a little informal. They may disagree, though; it's hard to tell without knowing the newspaper or the editor.

Content, though, may be a problem. This may be a different story for your local newspaper, but I'd imagine the demographic that reads print newspapers and that which has a keen interest in programming don't overlap much. It's not an absolute "it'll never happen", but I think it's something you should give some consideration.

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  • I wasn't planning on writing programming things for the newspaper, by the way, but thanks for your answer! – HarryCBurn Jan 24 '15 at 17:48
  • Just working off the content of your blog, as far as my skimming took me. No problem at all. – Watercleave Jan 24 '15 at 17:50

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