Aspiring writers all around the world may stare in frustration at a blank page or computer screen, searching for some direction or inspiration. However, career paths for writers can emerge in nearly every industry as the demand for clear communication and economical thought is nearly inexhaustible. One writer has recently shown that the resources for careers in writing are almost always available.
M.E. Sprengelmeyer worked as a Washington correspondent for the Rocky Mountain News, a Denver newspaper that went out of business earlier this year. Undeterred, the 42-year-old journalist purchased a newspaper in a small New Mexico town where he now works as owner, publisher, editor, primary writer and sometimes ad salesman, photographer and deliverer, according to the New York Times.
Though it may be a change from reporting from the Senate press gallery, Sprengelmeyer's paper, the Guadalupe County Communicator, makes enough money for the writer to live comfortably in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and allows the owner to assign freelance work to his former colleagues, the Times further reports.
At least six veterans from the Rocky Mountain News have contributed to the Communicator in the past several months. Photographer Mark Holm and cartoonist Drew Litton have even become regulars at the new paper.
"I covered the war in Iraq and the presidential campaign, and I knew I was never going to top that," he told the news source. "I just wanted a completely new direction."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, news analysts, reporters and correspondents held about 67,000 jobs in 2006, of which 59 percent worked for newspapers. About 11 percent of news analysts and reporters were self-employed.
The BLS reported that the employment of writers and editors will likely grow by 10% until 2016.