There are literally thousands of freelance writers who are making a full time income writing for equal number of newspapers-offine and online included.
Freelance writers are working for publishers by writing stories about myriad matters. For them, it is not a hobby but a committed profession.
If you are largely uninformed about freelance writing but would like to start, please visit this useful Yahoo! group.
Freelancing Writing For Newspapers!
There are more groups at Yahoo! on making money by writing, but, this is a good place to gain some insights on freelance writing opportunities.
Freelance writing for magazines and newspapers: Breaking in without selling out