A SPECIAL REPORT: "INSIDE THE WORLD OF GOSSIP"
There's a lot of money in gossip. Reliable sources can rake in big money for exclusives. What people don't know, the same celebrities who complain about tabloid coverage are the very ones selling gossip to the tabloids. They also tip the paparazzi off when they are dining out or appearing at a movie premiere, why? Because the tabloids have the biggest circulation of any entertainment publication on the newsstands and they garner big time exposure.
In Bob Jones' unauthorized book "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask," Jones alleges that a particular member of the Jackson family was responsible for selling gossip about family members to the tabloids.
Also, it was alleged that members of Nicole Brown Simpson's family sold photographs of her to the tabloids.
You earn $500 per tip (a sentence) $500-$1500 (for a lead to a story) $75,000-$100,000 for a bombshell exclusive cover story. Celebrity sex tape frames and explosive video could net seven figures.
The 'National Enquirer' was founded by a former CIA operative. This occupation comes in handy when you want to dig up dirt on celebrities.
When celebrities aren't supplying the tabloids with gossip, the gossip comes from people in the celebrity's inner circle, a family member, a employee, a limo driver, bartender, concierge, a call girl, exotic dancer, ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, etc.
Also, a billionaire is known among mainstream publications as being a incurable gossip and blabber mouth. He doesn't ask for payment, he enjoys reporting gossip to reporters.
In regard to our 'blind item' sources, we usually receive information from a ex-girlfriend or boyfriend and from people in the celebrity's inner-circle.
Photographers and non-photographers can make big money if they take a photograph (or have a photograph) affiliated with scandal. A big scandal broke in the bay area involving a politician. A friend of his former mistress licensed a photograph (of the mistress) through a photo licensing agency. They act as a agent by getting the photograph in newspapers, magazines and on news broadcasts (globally). They receive 40 percent and you receive 60 percent. The woman mentioned above was receiving between $25,000-$50,000 per month in residual income because they're numerous media outlets (throughout the world) and this picture appeared in the majority of these outlets. This scandal lasted for months, when it was over, she quit her job, became a millionaire and she continues to rake in royalties on this one photo and she'll never have to work again.
To learn more about photo licensing, check out the film "Striking Poses" starring Shannen Doherty.