Why not try to find in a university website? Because there is a community for every students, they may post article or daily events there, i think this will be effective. Just have a try.
[edited by: engine at 9:37 am (utc) on Feb 15, 2012]
That definitely is a good idea! I have started following your suggestion. If it works for me, I will inform you.
Words of warning. College age kids generally lack experience and first hand knowledge about a great many topics. They excell at second hand knowledge but generally not first hand knowledge. So if authority is important to you then college aged young adults may not be able to produce what you need.
In the case you don't care about quality you may find that because of a lack of knowledge and experience they may have difficulty producing without explicit instructions and even a wire frame. It may also be difficult to impress how important it is to avoid plagiarism as a litle copying here and there may not to their minds equal plagiarism.
Not to discourage you, it's a good idea to explore finding a writer there, but just wanted to prepare you for some of the downsides of hiring uni students.
Universities, craigslist, and searches on blogs for those looking for writing work or just work can be helpful.
We posted an ad looking for part time help on a bloging site and about half the replies were from college kids. Two of them are still with us and do exceptional work. Keep in mind that their time is limited, and if the subject matter isn't compelling to them, they'll probably find something else to do.
Why do humans always get stuck in a rut?
Why not divide that workforce and see which one works well FOR YOU.
10% identifying customer service agents from incumbents and interviewing them
10% friends/ family contacts
10% school project researchers, studying journalism, mass communication, business administration etc
10% ads in local paper to find/ spot talent - face to face is powerful
10% poaching competitors talent
10% yourself organizing and thinking of more content
Once you identify talent spend 80% of your time nurturing the top 20% talent - or the high performers.
Depending on where you are, you can do a local Google search in your area. If location is not a constraint, you can simply broaden your search. I'm sure you'll find quite a few websites.
[edited by: tangor at 12:54 am (utc) on Feb 26, 2012]
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Good advice on the freelancers. I have lucked out with writers announcing their availability online. Good rates and excellent work.
However unless they have topical expertise the value might go down. Some of those professional freelance writers charge exhorbitant rates and aside from having a writing related degree, may not be otherwise qualified to write with any authority on a particular topic.
I think it's important to check previous samples of work and begin with a small assignment. That's a great way to test the quality of work and continue with larger projects if found suitable. Moreover, if your writing requirement is more technical in nature, look specifically for a technical writer. Do not expect a non-technical writer to handle tech subjects.
Let's just cut to the chase. How much would you be willing to pay? The vast majority of people seem to think you can get original, well-written articles for peanuts. If you aren't willing to pay enough this topic is dead in the water.