Online journalism is fast growing news media. With the rise in number of people having access to internet and more and more people looking for upto the minute news, online news websites are looking to expand their operations to cash the boom. Unlike print media, online media is seen as more open and accepting of fresh freelancers. But this does not mean online journalism is a cake walk. In fact, if you make mistake or have that accidental slip-up, people will find out lot quickly and easily than on print and more people will hear about your mishap (viral emails, videos, chat room etc).
No need to be discouraged though. If you are serious in making a career in online journalism then there some excellent opportunities listed below, in news websites which are known to guide and mentor fresh reporters.
OhMyNews.com: OhMyNews is a based Citizen Journalism website. They have regular people writing news for them from all over the world. From current issues in the Middle East to the crises, everything is covered. News is basically grouped under Sports, Business, Art and Life, World, Science Technology, Science and Technology and Citizen Journalism. So if you are not a current affairs person, you still have a chance to break into the journalism world.
I am a reporter at OhMyNews and for me the best part is the attention I get from the editors. They are helpful and provide creative suggestions to my article. Even when my articles are declined, they explain the reason behind it and let me know what I can do to improve. Now not all editors are that kind, right? And yes, you get paid anywhere from $2 to $20 if an article is selected.
For more information, visit: http://english.ohmynews.com/index.asp
USAVoice.org: USAVoice is an American organization, which is hoping to create a successful peer-to-peer internet based news website. Its model is largely similar to that followed by OhMyNew.com, like hiring regular people (not reporters trained in conventional media organizations) to work as reporters and going global. USAVoice is looking to hire reporters from 2,500 markets around the world.
To apply, visit: http://www.usavoice.org/CAREERS/
As for compensation, the website does not have any information on it. I think they give out that information when one applies for a position.
For more information on starting out as a freelance online journalist, here are some websites you can visit for more information and in my article Online Training Resources for Journalists I have listed training resources for journalists:
Asian American Journalists Association
International Center for Journalists