How Writing for News Break Helps Struggling University Students

Thoughts From a Full-Time Graduate Student

Synthia S.
Mar 18 · 3 min read
Photo generated by the author on Canva — I’m no graphic design expert, but I tried my best.

The whispers are still ongoing between many circles of writers. Personally, I’ve been in the first cohort of News Break’s content creator program where many promises were made, and were essentially honoured. Many of us were cautious that they would hold true to their word, but they delivered, especially when the results were verified on our end.

To top it off, I really did need the money. As a full-time graduate student, there are certain niche and expensive processes at play where I’ve been looking for a small semblance of financial stability since the pandemic started.

For example, I’m doing a full-time practicum at a local private practice that works closely with a reputable medical clinic. In our practicum, we are not allowed to have an actual job due to compassion fatigue and burnout. However, writing is something that I do anyway as a form of self-care, and this opportunity occurred and I decided to run with it.

After the initial three months were up for our cohort, News Break stepped up their game and created a model that benefitted some but did not help others. Some of those who were already well-established in the writing world likely hated this new situation and ran for the hills.

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash — Me watching others run for the hills.

For a university student like myself, the new plan was much more approachable, especially since I’m not some established big-wig. The rest of us are still holding on out of cautious optimism, and I still have no idea what to expect when it comes to the long-term.

Plus, I’ve always written a lot as a kid and even pursued a professional writing minor back in undergrad. My major was in biopsychology, the branch of psychology concerned with behavioural neuroscience. Maybe I can get somewhere further with this writing thing and dabble into science writing at some point.

However, I cannot dive too deep into the intricacies of the current situation due to the non-disclosure agreement. I used to work in human resources over here in Canada. I know better than to say much.

What You Need To Know

News Break is an American-centric website. I am a Canadian on there. Currently, the site prefers more American-centric content and I’m trying to do the best that I can.

I wrote about general things that could broadly appeal to many people, such as material that focussed on relationships. That seemed to do well originally. However, I’ve had to switch it up and write more American-centric and local content. I’m a big fan of wholesome news and so far, I think some people are liking it.

Since I’m catering to a mainstream Americanized audience, I have to keep in mind that the visuals of each piece are super important, alongside embedded videos and social media posts that make the experience more fun and interactive. I’ve learned a lot of amateur journalist skills in the process, and I’m thankful for it.

As for the website itself, it is an AI-powered news aggregator that is based in Mountain View, California. While the news aggregation part of the site is not new, the creator program is. There’s been a lot of learning on both ends on how to optimize the creator and user experience. I think that this situation has been decent, all things considered.

Disclaimer: If you want to check my referral link or see what it looks like, you certainly can by clicking here. Hopefully, it helps someone out, such as other university students and other people who are struggling to make ends meet.

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No Matter What People Tell You, Words And Ideas Can Change The World.

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