I write hard copy as a freelance for local news, which means I get paid. Sometimes this gets syndicated, which means I get paid twice.
Here's a tip, most local newspapers can't afford a full staff of reporters. These cover the major events but they still want news about other goings on. Always carry a camera and know what questions to ask. Write it quick and get in there first because there are others doing the same thing. Then look for events that might have a wider market, such as a local sailing regatta. How many periodical magazines are there on the subject of sailing? 1,000 words plus a couple of pictures and an interview with the organisers, this is a working writers bread and butter.