A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013 — Here is an exchange between the Global Editor of the Atlantic Magazine and myself this afternoon attempting to solicit my professional services for an article they sought to publish: — From the Atlantic Magazine:
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Freelance Journalism's Downside Perfectly Captured
Charles Arthur / Guardian: The Kernel to close as debts stay unpaid
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: Hear about the freelancer arrested for dropping trousers at a gaggle of magazine editors? He did it for the exposure. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/ ...
David Carr / @carr2n: Atlantic to freelancer: We'd like the milk and cow for free, please. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/ ...
Brian Lam / @blam: As a professional reporter, and employer of, this makes me very sad. And almost every publication does it. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ...
John Gapper / @johngapper: .@felixsalmon And a third : “You can pay us to publish your ‘sponsored content’”
Lisa O'carroll / @lisaocarroll: @johngapper @felixsalmon . Is there a greater sum than zero? What does HuffPo pay? Guardian pays NUJ rates
Rafat Ali / @rafat: Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013: The Atlantic: “We can't pay you, but we reach 13 million readers @nate_thayer http://wp.me/p2HKbE-fX
Lisa Goldman / @lisang: This description of a freelance journalist's recent experience rang depressingly true. http://tinyurl.com/cjh58bv
Les Hinton / @leshinton: Journalism 2013: Good news: we have 13million readers. Bad news: no fee for your 1,200 words @stephengrey @edcaesar http://wp.me/p2HKbE-fX
@nytfridge: An absolute must-read for journos everywhere. From @nate_thayer. A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013. http://bit.ly/YSPDM8
Tom Gara / @tomgara: Story commissioning at The Atlantic: “end of the week? 1,200 words? We unfortunately can't pay you” http://ow.ly/intn7 (via @evanchill)
Nicci French / @frenchnicci: Want a job? Unpaid? Everyone in the media should read this... http://bit.ly/12pQE4C
Nicholas Jackson / @nbj914: Hate to badmouth the old home & @OlgaKhazan but this is spreading pretty fast on the big media listservs: http://ow.ly/imsLh
Ryan Lizza / @ryanlizza: Ugh @BuzzFeedBen: :( RT @evanchill: This is a wholly, depressingly accurate representation of journalism these days. http://ow.ly/intn7
Lidija Davis / @madlid: A day in the life of a freelance journalist [or The Atlantic vs @nate_thayer] http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ... via @ClaireRPorter
Matter / @readmatter: You ever wondered why we're trying to do what we do? Try this exchange between @nate_thayer and The Atlantic: http://wp.me/p2HKbE-fX
Raju Narisetti / @rajunarisetti: We would love you to write 1,200 words—For Free. On Freelance journalist @nate_thayer & @TheAtlantic http://bit.ly/YSPDM8 via @NYTFridge
Hannah Armstrong / @hannahhaniya: Flooringly depressing RT @exiledsurfer: The state of freelance journalism in 2013 http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ...
Nikki Bayley / @nikkibayley: Upsetting. “@CherylCritchley No wonder good journalists leave the industry. How many expected to work for nothing? http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ...""
Felix Salmon / @felixsalmon: There seem to be two kinds of websites: “We're small, we can't pay you”, and “we're big, plz write for the exposure”.
Stephen Grey / @stephengrey: 1200 words by end of week and you won't be paid. #journalism #wow MT:"@joannakakissis: Depressing reality : http://wp.me/p2HKbE-fX "
Matt Wordsworth / @mattwordsworth: If you're studying journalism, don't read this.. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ... ... (via @anniewhiteabc
Mark Colvin / @colvinius: Shame, @TheAtlantic, shame. RT @carolduncan Work for you for ‘exposure’? No thanks. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ... ...
Ed Yong / @edyong209: Mags, d'you want to offer a writer “exposure”? Excerpt a graf & link to their work. Piss off with the no-pay thing. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/2013/ 03/04/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-freelance- journalist-2013/ ...
Milo Yiannopoulos / The Kernel:
We bid you adieu — I am inordinately proud of the journalism The Kernel has published since December 2011. Much of it has, in many ways, been unprecedented in the European technology industry. But, ultimately, the project has not been as much of a financial success as it has been an editorial one.
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Steve O'Hear / @sohear: RT @riptari: So farewell then, Kernel http://bit.ly/ZcMOUT << A victory for those wronged or for those who do wrong? :-)
Benji Lanyado / @benjilanyado: We'll miss it, whatever you think about it. RT @KernelMag: We bid you adieu. http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
Christopher Mims / @mims: The Kernel is no more. I remember it being obnoxious, but I'm always sad to see experiments in journalism fail. http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
Jessica Twentyman / @jtwentyman: @superglaze “It will never be my preference or intention to profit from unpaid writers indefinitely.” *sigh*
Paul Watson / @paulmwatson: A loss for all as @kernelmag ceases publication. “unable to turn ferocious, funny and brave journalism into gold” http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
Robin Wauters / @robinwauters: Goodbye @kernelmag, could have been a different story. “We bid you adieu” - Milo @Nero Yiannopoulos http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
Adam Baker / @adamblottr: Regardless of what people think, it is ALWAYS sad when a founder has to close a startup. http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
Charles Arthur / @charlesarthur: Kernel claims to have had “thousands of subscribers”. http://bit.ly/ZcMOUT Me: prove it. That would generate £5,000+ per month minimum.
Anya / @anyapalmer: He's sorry it didn't sell. He's still not sorry he didn't pay contributors. RT @KernelMag: We bid you adieu. http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
Shirley Ayres / @shirleyayres: “We bid you adieu” @KernelMag http://bit.ly/100eXAP very sad to hear about the closure of #Kernel my thoughts & best wishes with @Nero
Nick Stylianou / @nmsonline: “It was a bold experiment. But it didn't work” - @Nero shuts down @KernelMag: http://www.kernelmag.com/editors-blog/ 4166/we-bid-you-adieu/ ...
David Meyer / @superglaze: Kinda sad actually. It had promise, once. RT @KernelMag: We bid you adieu. http://bit.ly/ZcMOUT
@nytfridge: An Editor-in-Chief's farewell note. Via @KernelMag. We bid you adieu - Milo Yiannopoulos. http://bit.ly/Vzd1Ra
David Meyer / @superglaze: I wrote this in Nov 2011 when @nero said he was setting up The Kernel http://bit.ly/ZcN9a4 And payment was indeed an issue.
Jeff Jarvis / @jeffjarvis: Is this regret I smell? Remorse? Or merely self-pity? http://yiannopoulos.net/... Background: http://www.guardian.co.uk/... https://t.co/PRhXHNkLVD
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Gaby Darbyshire Leaves Nick Denton's Gawker Media Blog Network — Gaby Darbyshire, Gawker Media's longtime chief operating officer, is leaving the company. — Or maybe she's already left. Ask different people at Nick Denton's blog network about Darbyshire's departure date and you'll get different results.
Discussion: @blam, @blam, @pkafka, @blam and @simsjames
Brian Lam / @blam: @pkafka @skidder @lock @joeljohnson how many times did Gaby save my ass? How many gawker asses has she saved collectively? My f'ing hero
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: Gawker workers come and go, but COO Gaby Darbyshire has worked for @nicknotned for ever. Now she's out. http://allthingsd.com/20130305/the- most-important-person-at-gawker-media- not-named-nick-denton-is-leaving/ ...
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Washington Post Tries Sponsored Posts — There was a time when putting ads on the front page of newspapers was considered risque. Those days are over. The Washington Post became the latest publisher to quit worrying and learn to love sponsored content. — WaPo today launched …
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Julie Moos / Poynter: Washington Post introduces sponsored content
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent: Washington Post steps into sponsored posts with a new platform, BrandConnect
Josh Stearns / @jcstearns: Washington Post introduces sponsored content: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/ mediawire/206152/washington-post- introduces-sponsored-content/#.UTYOyOHB GFU.twitter ... The big question: How do you do this and build reader trust?
Josh Stearns / @jcstearns: P.S. Remember the WaPo failed off-the-record “salons” with reporters, lobbyists and politicians? http://articles.washingtonpost.com/ 2009-07-12/opinions/36772039_1_ publisher-katharine-weymouth-flier- underwriters ...
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: Sponsored content is going to work only if it's good: compelling, shareable. So far 95% of the people buying and selling it do not get this.
Beet.TV: MIT'S Jason Pontin: “Editors Hate to Hear This,” but Readers Have High Regard for Native Advertising
Lauren Weinstein / @laurenweinstein: Immediately after dumping their Ombudsman, Washington Post announces “sponsored posts regime” - http://j.mp/YqrbCw
Brian Morrissey / @bmorrissey: another domino falls in the rush for sponsored content. up next: the washington post. http://bit.ly/13D6kBg
Robert MacMillan / @bobbymacreports: Hope to see frequent scrutiny “@rajunarisetti: MT @mathewi: @WashingtonPost to try Forbes-style sponsored content: http://www.digiday.com/publishers/ washington-post-tries-sponsored- posts ...”
Tribune Said to Want to Sell All Newspapers in One Deal — Tribune Co. (TRBAA), the media company that entered discussions to sell its newspapers earlier this year, is seeking a single buyer for all of the publications, said two people with knowledge of the process.
Discussion: @samgustin, @brettfoley1 and @jayrosen_nyu
Sam Gustin / @samgustin: Murdoch “considering” the LA Times. RT @tackettdc: Tribune Said to Want to Sell All Newspapers in One Deal http://bloom.bg/13B4UHa
Brett Foley / @brettfoley1: Buyer for Chicago Tribune/LA Times? RT @edmundlee Tribune Co. said to be seeking single buyer for all its newspapers http://bloom.bg/105VEtG
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Pearson CEO Is Said to Tell FT Staff to Brace for Fewer Jobs — Pearson Plc (PSON) Chief Executive Officer John Fallon, who has announced a plan to generate 100 million pounds ($151 million) in cost savings in 2014, told staff at the Financial Times unit yesterday that there will be fewer jobs …
Discussion: @kenli729, @johngapper, @johngapper and Talking Biz News
Kenneth Li / @kenli729: @johngapper @jackshafer @BloombergNews Don't they have a “rule” against covering themselves or Mike?
John Gapper / @johngapper: @jackshafer @kenli729 @BloombergNews I wonder why Bloomberg News is so obsessed with this topic?
John Gapper / @johngapper: @kenli729 @jackshafer @BloombergNews Just saying, this is kind of a small business for Bloomberg to be devoting such resources to covering
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: Pearson CEO: Fewer FT jobs in U.S. and England
Pekka Pekkala / Online Journalism Review:
Copy-paste journalism wants to be free — Google News is a depressing read for a journalist. It shows you how many news outlets depend on copy-and-paste reporting, regurgitating the same press releases and quotes in an infinite loop. Who needs all these clones of the same story, with the same basic facts and sources?
Discussion: @mattwilliams84, @ronrodgers and @dchieng
Matt Williams / @mattwilliams84: “Start to look around in your organization for things that cannot be copied to zeroes and ones”: good piece in @OJR: http://ow.ly/ijvw0
Ronald R. Rodgers / @ronrodgers: #ufeds “The abundance of copies forces journalists to find their own voice, niche and style.” http://www.ojr.org/copy-paste- journalism-wants-to-be-free/ ...
Steve Ladurantaye / Globe and Mail:
Toronto Star to cut jobs citing declines in ad revenue — Canada's largest newspaper is cutting dozens of jobs from its newsroom, outsourcing editing duties that are increasingly seen as too costly for cash-strapped dailies trying to cope with falling advertising revenue.
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter: Copy editing, page design jobs to be outsourced at Toronto Star
Laura Kane / Toronto Star: Toronto Star to outsource page production
Christine Dobby / The Province: Toronto Star announces layoffs, outsourcing of page production
Roy Greenslade / Guardian: Toronto Star cuts jobs and outsources editing tasks
Rob Granatstein / canada.com: Toronto Star announces big cuts
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Fox to Launch Sports Cable Network — News Corp .'s Chief Operating Officer, Chase Carey, confirmed that Fox would later Tuesday unveil a much-anticipated national sports cable network. — Fox has for months hinted at plans to launch a national sports business, which is expected to be named Fox Sports 1.
Jeff Dewees / PennLive.com: Fox set to announce sports network, aimed at competing with ESPN, on Tuesday
Chris Greenberg / The Huffington Post: Fox Sports 1 To Challenge ESPN In 24-Hour Sports Network: REPORTS
Edmund Lee / @edmundlee: Media swells examining News Corp.'s ESPN play today. Here's the story @sherman4949 & @andyfixmer broke in Mar. http://bloom.bg/GXdP6q
Seeking Alpha: News Corp. (NWS) will launch a new cable sports network in August just in front of the college...
Ryan Rudnansky / Bleacher Report: Fox to Announce Brand New Sports Network to Rival ESPN
Bob Raissman / NY Daily News: Fox Sports trying to grab bigger share of your cable bill, looking to follow and then beat ESPN for your dollar
Michael Hiestand / Associated Press: Will new Fox sports venture offer challenge to ESPN?
Pew Research Center:
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion — The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: Pew: Twitter is more liberal & more conservative than public opinion
Doug Gross / CNN: Study: Twitter opinions don't match the mainstream
Scott Clement / The Fix: What Twitter gets wrong
Frank Reed / Marketing Pilgrim: On Twitter, Are Reactions to Events a True Reading of the Public at Large?
Christopher Mims / @mims: Only 13% of US adults ever use Twitter or read tweets; only 3% do so regularly. http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/03/04/ twitter-reaction-to-events-often-at- odds-with-overall-public-opinion/ ...
@yahoo: Shocking! Twitter users are not representative of the public and often too liberal: http://bit.ly/XlPAKZ
Matthew Panzarino / @panzer: Everything is crap or everything is wonderful on Twitter. http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/03/04/ twitter-reaction-to-events-often-at- odds-with-overall-public-opinion/ ...
Dr. Mario R. Garcia / Garcia Media: Principled, yes; stubborn, no
Emily Steel / @emilysteel: People who get/tweet news on Twitter: “are very different demographically from the public” http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/03/04/ twitter-reaction-to-events-often-at- odds-with-overall-public-opinion/ ...
Chris Megerian / @chrismegerian: What defines public opinion on Twitter? Not liberal or conservative views, but “the overall negativity.” http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/03/04/ twitter-reaction-to-events-often-at- odds-with-overall-public-opinion/ ...
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Report: Twitter Is an Awful Predictor of Public Opinion
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!: Pew: Twitter Not a Reliable Indicator of Public Opinion
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Print Readership Continues to Decline [Update]
Vox Media Blog:
SB Nation Acquires Outsports, Worldwide Leader in Gay Sports Journalism — SB Nation is proud to announce that Outsports, the worldwide leader in gay sports journalism, has joined the SB Nation network. — Outsports was founded in 1999 by Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler …
Discussion: Advocate, @outsports and @hcheadle
Michelle Garcia / Advocate: Outsports Acquired By Mainstream Sports News Company SB Nation
@outsports: Yes, it's true. Outsports has been acquired by @sbnation - we think this is a very good thing http://blog.voxmedia.com/post/ 44629598964/sb-nation-acquires- outsports-worldwide-leader-in- gay ...
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
EU to Quiz Germany Over Draft Rules for Google's News Clips — Germany will be quizzed by European Union regulators over a draft law that limits what Google Inc. (GOOG), and other so-called aggregators, can use to bundle news clips on the Internet. — EU regulators analyzed the bill passed …
Cyrus Farivar / Wired.co.uk: Germany wants Google to pay for news citations
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer: tablet viewing requests nearly double in two months — Corporation hails ‘step change’ over Christmas as viewers turned to devices such as Apple's iPad and Google's Nexus 7 — BBC statistics for iPlayer viewing and listening have provided evidence of the impact of the so-called …
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