With regional magazines you can sometimes make good contacts and perhaps get repeat sales or regular assignments. When I was first starting as a writer there was a small, quarterly publication given away as a "freebie" in local Realtors offices.
I did a "profile" of a local sportsman every three months for them. Now interviewing local fishermen and hunters tends to get old, and $150 an article wasn't all that much, but it was income I could depend on and it built my publications list.
What local and regional publications are available where you are? As a writer, how can you use them to your advantage?