But why should you be doing it? The immediate answer is obvious: The cash.
9. Prepare to be ripped off time and again (and not just by the nasty papers - who are actually more likely to pay).
And remember above all else - the most important byline is the one on the top of the cheque, as the (old) adage goes.
First off if you intend to sell a story to a national or a magazine or an agency do not merely pass yourself off as a student journalist. While strictly speaking it may be true it's also dishonest.
People may be more inclined to help a student rather than a professional reporter - and, understandably, they may get mightily pissed off if they discover you've been flogging off their story and soon as you've left them.
It's a greyer area if you run it in your student publication and then sell it on because than it is in the public domain.
Secondly don't go around telling people you work for the publication you WANT to sell it to. News editors take a very dim view of this - not least because it will be they who will be dealing with any mess you leave.
And anyway these days they have enough problems dealing with complaints (mostly imagined or exaggerated) about their own reporters without having to deal with wannabes claiming to be on their staff.
(Oh yes, that too is dishonest.)
When in doubt try: Freelance reporter, which more or less covers everything.
Now stories come from anywhere - and there are no hard and fast rules. Previous posts in this blog have given you pointers on where to find general news.
But essentially what makes a story can be anything. Your college is a good place to start (ie a college netball team playing in a foreign town hit by a hurricane would probably make a story that people would pay for - especially with photos).
If you are a journalism student and assigned a patch listen out for the unusual - a celeb moving into the local area (be careful about this as estate agents have been known to conjure up these stories at times when an expensive property in their area isn't selling).