"Not getting paid for things in your 20s is glumly expected, even sort of cool; not getting paid in your 40s, when your back is starting to hurt and you are still sleeping on a futon, considerably less so. Let’s call the first 20 years of my career a gift. Now I am 46, and would like a bed.." -Tim Kreider, our new hero (if only we could all send him dimes for this one!)
"1200 words by the end of the week would be fine, and I can assure you it would be well received, but not for free." --Freelance journalist Nate Thayer, responding to a query for the global editor of the Atlantic
We have asked, from the beginning, that Arianna Huffington and her staff meet with us to discuss the need for a mo...
“In the emerging ecosystem, many people want to contribute, from curious citizens who shoot video of events and post them on YouTube to citizen journalists who want to be a part of the crowd-sourced news gathering process,” said Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of the Huffington Post. “But while the playing field is still being shaped, some of the ground rules remain the same, including the need for and value of journalists. And the requirement that journalists be paid for their work. “
Sharing a piece by someone who is respecting our action and not blogging at Huffington Post. Let's help him spread his pro-labor message!
A big shout-out to all those journalists who helped ensure that Arianna was asked about unpaid contributors while on-stage at NABJ today -- to see for yourself, scroll ahead to about the 19-minute mark in her video.
"I remember being tempted, when I was starting out as a journalist, to offer to write for less than the going rate. But I never managed this because that sort of practice was strictly frowned upon at the time – the reason being that such undercutting would undermine the whole system. " --Tom Hodgkinson, the Independent
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