James Rainey’s January 6th LA Times piece about the plight of the freelance journalist, “Freelance Writing’s Unfortunate New Model,” is worth a read, if you can handle a little more depressing news about the news. Among the highlights:
- “An estimated 31,000 writers, editors and others have been jettisoned by newspapers in just the last two years.”
- Web publications are trawling Craigslist for writers who will work for bread crumbs, or for everyone’s favorite: “recognition”
- Writers are learning to act more like small business people and less like artists
- There’s no telling the important stories that have been missed, or the ones that will be missed, as journalists leave the profession.
We know the trouble that today’s newspapers and magazines are in isn’t a new story, but it’s worth taking a moment to think about it from the perspective of our fellow creative professionals. Personally, we know that a nationally-known trade magazine is offering $500/month for blogging 5 days a week, including writing regularly scheduled columns.