Welcome Freelancers, Stringers, Contributors!

Thanks for your interest in being a part of the Linc, Inc. Editorial Team!

As all media and technology are rapidly changing, so are community newspapers evolving. Over the last few years, while major news organizations have slashed the number of editors, reporters, writers, photographers and other members of their creative/editorial staff, technological advances have allowed community weekly newspapers to broaden the reach of their news-gathering organizations to include greater variety while maintaining a focus on local people, place and events.

The six newspapers which are a part of the 2020 Publications family have maintained their commitment to quality journalism by tapping the talents of local freelancers, stringers and contributors. Our editorial goal is to utilize the largest possible number of part-time contributing editorial staffers to insure the greatest possible diversity of scope and coverage of local news.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email your resume or contact information to: info@lincincsc.com
See our standard compensation rates below. (You will note that published news or sports items range from $10 to $33; Advertorials range from $25 to $50; and photos are $10 per published item.)

Also, please note the coverage areas for each of our newspapers. No content can be compensated unless the item deals directly with people, places or events inside the identified coverage area.

Compensation Schedule

Standard Rates of Payment for Published Items:

Advertorial Writers

Half-page Advertorial – Turnkey $ 50.00
Turnkey advertorials include proofed, print-ready PDF of approved, corrected copy and layout, in addition to Basic Creative.

Half-page Advertorial – Basic Creative $ 25.00
Basic creative advertorials include writing and photography after personal interview with advertiser, with copy approved and corrected.

Stringer/Freelance News Reporter
Compensation Schedule

Per published qualified* local news story $ 10.00
Based on 400 word headlined news articles

Per each additional local name included after first .50
(up to 10 names, excluding quoted names) $ 5.00

Per additional named person quoted after first 1.00
(up to 3 additional persons quoted) $ 3.00

Bonus for –
Published photo included with story; or
Published on Front Page; or
Coverage of special assignment $ 5.00

Stringer/Freelance Sports Reporter
Compensation Schedule

Per published qualified* local sports story $ 10.00
Based on 400 word headlined sports articles

Per each additional local name included after first .50
(up to 10 names, excluding quoted names) $ 5.00

Per additional named local participant quoted after first 1.00
(up to 3 additional persons quoted) $ 3.00

Bonus for –
Published photo included with story; or
Published on Front Page; or
Coverage of special assignment $ 5.00

Stringer/Freelance Photographers
Compensation Schedule

Per published qualified* local news or sports photograph $ 10.00
— Photos must include identifiable local residents
— Photos must contain identifying captions of subjects.
— Captions include who, what, when, where in sentence format.
— Up to four published photos per week.
— Only one compensated photo per news or sports event.

Bonus for –
Coverage of special assignment $ 5.00


Community Columnist — NC —
A regular column covering very localized happenings in your neighborhood, with the objective of including as many different names each week as possible.

Subsidized Community Columnist $ 5.00
Per each additional local name included after first ten .50
(up to 20 names) $ 5.00

Opinion (OpEd or Letters to Editor) — NC —

News Items submitted to other news outlets — NC —

Business Promotional Items (other than paid Advertorials) — NC —

Regular Columns — NC —

Any items written in First Person — NC —

Press Releases (or edited press releases) — NC —

Items featuring people, places or events NOT inside coverage area — NC —

Special Assigned Features or Series

To be determined on a case by case basis: Negotiated Rates

Policies & Procedures for Freelancers, Stringers & Contributors

All editorial or creative staffers who receive compensation operate as non-employee contractors. No taxes are withheld from compensation; tax liabilities are the sole responsibilities of the contractors, not 2020 Publications, Inc. As required by law, any contractor who receives compensation of $600 or more in a calendar year will be issued an IRS form 1099 in January of the following year.

All editorial content must be submitted via email to the designated email account.

Press Credentials can be issued after completion of first assignment/submission.

All compensated editorial or creative staffers must prepare and submit an itemized invoice at the end of each month detailing the compensation amount for each item published during the month. Invoice must include correct current mailing address, SSN, and all current contact information.

Coverage Areas for Newspapers

Linc, Inc:
Community Weekly Newspaper Coverage Areas
including cities/towns, zips codes, and high schools served
(with correct email address for submitting local news)

1. The New Irmo News —

serving the following cities/towns, zip codes and high schools:
Irmo, SC 29063
Columbia, SC 29212, 29210
Irmo High School; Dutch Fork High School

2. The Cayce-West Columbia News —

serving the following cities/towns, zip codes and high schools:
West Columbia, SC 29169, 29170, 29172, 29173
Cayce, SC 29033
Springdale, SC (all zips)
South Congaree, SC (all zips)
Pine Ridge, SC (all zips)
Gaston, SC 29053
Brookland-Cayce High School; Airport High School

3. The Northeast News —

serving the following cities/towns, zip codes and high schools:
Columbia, SC 29204, 29206, 29223, 29229
Blythewood, SC 29016
Elgin, SC 29045
Richland Northeast High School; Spring Valley High School; Blythewood High School; Ridge View High School.

4. The Lake Murray News —

serving the following cities/towns, zip codes and high schools:
Chapin, SC 29036
Prosperity, SC 29027
Newberry, SC 29108
Lexington, SC 29071, 29072, 29073
Gilbert, SC 29054
Leesville, SC 29070
Saluda, SC 29138
Chapin High School; Gilbert High School; Mid-Carolina High School; Lexington High School; White Knoll High School;
Saluda High School; Batesburg-Leesville High School; Newberry High School



Advertising Sales Positions Available for Highest Earning Potential

South Carolina’s premiere home-grown locally-owned chain of community weekly newspapers is growing… and its a great opportunity for the right person. As an Advertising Account Executive, you will be the face of your newspaper… and a respected marketing advisor to hundreds of local businesses.

You will be introduced to many of the established business leaders in your community, and you will eventually meet (and become friends with) most of the business owners in the area. In addition to calling on these businesses, you will also meet new business contacts through involvement in networking groups and activities (Chamber of Commerce, leads groups, civic organizations, business after hours, ribbon cuttings, etc.) You will also work with referrals from the hundreds of current and former business advertisers.

Creativity is a must, as you will be required to develop marketing and advertising for a variety of businesses… ranging from developing logos and branding, to writing ad copy and info-mercials, to staging photography for products and services.

You absolutely MUST be a self-starter with a good work ethic, extremely disciplined. The successful applicant will be trained to become an Account Executive, with a large assigned territory. Eventually, your territory will include several thousand local business prospects, which you will develop into a highly-profitable annual revenue stream.

Because weekly newspaper advertising is very flexible and cost-efficient, virtually EVERY business — large or small — can eventually be a part of your ad account portfolio, providing you with a good, solid annual income which will increase year after year as your portfolio grows. Because many business accounts, once established, continue to advertise year after year, Account Executives are able to accumulate residual revenues (not unlike the customers accumulated by an insurance agency, which continue to provide income month after month.)

Many successful Account Executives start their newspaper advertising careers after leaving other jobs or professions. Backgrounds which may indicate likely success in advertising sales include other types of sales (real estate, insurance, mortgages, automotive, etc.), other types of media, direct marketing, multi-level marketing, or personal services. Having previously owned or managed a business of any kind is a major plus.

Like most highly profitable careers, your earning potential is directly related to your effort. The standard 15% media commission typically paid to advertising agencies will allow you to earn a virtually unlimited annual income. Just as in starting your own business, you must be prepared to develop your own income: the rewards grow with time and effort.

In essence, your territory and your established accounts become your own business; however, your investment will be your time, rather than a financial investment.

If you have the self-discipline and drive to “own” a part of your community newspaper, develop your own income, and be your own boss, please email
for an interview. You can attach a resume, or simply tell a little about yourself.