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
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)
David Carr / @carr2n: Atlantic to freelancer: We'd like the milk and cow for free, please. http://natethayer.wordpress.com/ ...
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
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/ ...
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/ ... ...
John Gapper / @johngapper: .@felixsalmon And a third : “You can pay us to publish your ‘sponsored content’”
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/ ...
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/ ...
Lisa O'carroll / @lisaocarroll: @johngapper @felixsalmon . Is there a greater sum than zero? What does HuffPo pay? Guardian pays NUJ rates
Lucy P. Marcus / @lucymarcus: Journalist friends should read this: A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013 @nate_thayer http://bit.ly/WKQ3Ip #media
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.
Discussion: @sohear, @benjilanyado, @mims, @jtwentyman, @paulmwatson, @robinwauters, @adamblottr, @charlesarthur, @anyapalmer, @shirleyayres, @nmsonline, @superglaze, @nytfridge, @superglaze, @jeffjarvis and MILO YIANNOPOULOS
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: FishbowlNY, @blam, @pkafka, @blam, @simsjames and @blam
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Gaby Darbyshire, Veteran of Gawker Media, Departs Company
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/ ...
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
James Sims / @simsjames: “Gawker's chief grownup.” Perfect description. RT @NYTFridge: Gaby Darbyshire, @gawker Media's COO is leaving the co. http://dthin.gs/YS4xm4
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: @brettfoley1, @jayrosen_nyu and @samgustin
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
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: Los Angeles Times! The Chicago Tribune! Baltimore Sun! Which one does Buffet want to buy? The Allentown Morning Call. http://www.bloomberg.com/...
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: @johngapper, @johngapper, @kenli729 and Talking Biz News
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
Kenneth Li / @kenli729: @johngapper @jackshafer @BloombergNews Don't they have a “rule” against covering themselves or Mike?
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: Pearson CEO: Fewer FT jobs in U.S. and England
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 …
Discussion: Poynter, paidContent, Forbes, Jack Shafer, Mediaite, @jcstearns, @jayrosen_nyu, @jcstearns, NetNewsCheck Latest, Beet.TV, @bmorrissey, @laurenweinstein and @bobbymacreports, Thanks:@steverubel
Julie Moos / Poynter: Washington Post introduces sponsored content
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent: Washington Post steps into sponsored posts with a new platform, BrandConnect
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes: The Washington Post Dives Into Native Advertising
Noah Rothman / Mediaite: The Daily Caller Vs. Washington Post: Was Menendez Prostitute Bribed Or Did WaPo Identify Wrong Woman?
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?
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.
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 ...
Beet.TV: MIT'S Jason Pontin: “Editors Hate to Hear This,” but Readers Have High Regard for Native Advertising
Brian Morrissey / @bmorrissey: another domino falls in the rush for sponsored content. up next: the washington post. http://bit.ly/13D6kBg
Lauren Weinstein / @laurenweinstein: Immediately after dumping their Ombudsman, Washington Post announces “sponsored posts regime” - http://j.mp/YqrbCw
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 ...”
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.
Discussion: Poynter, Toronto Star, The Province, Canada NewsWire Group, Guardian, Toronto Sun, ctvnews.ca, canada.com and Globe and Mail
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
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: @dchieng, @ronrodgers and @mattwilliams84
David Chieng / @dchieng: The title of this article is slightly misleading. Rather, it should say “The Rise of PR Journalism”. http://www.ojr.org/copy-paste- journalism-wants-to-be-free/ ...
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/ ...
YouTube to launch music streaming service, take on Spotify — Exclusive: Google is planning to roll out service to capitalize on the power of YouTube. — FORTUNE — YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year.
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent, CNET, Digital Spy, Electronista, 24/7 Wall St., Patently Apple, WebProNews, SlashGear, Silicon Republic, Engadget, SocialTimes and Gizmodo
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Google may launch YouTube ‘music’ subcriptions, but not to compete with Spotify
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent: YouTube set to launch Spotify rival as music-streaming gets crowded
Lance Whitney / CNET: YouTube to launch its own music streaming service, says report
Andrew Laughlin / Digital Spy: YouTube to take on Spotify with music streaming service, says report
Paul Ausick / 24/7 Wall St.: Google Prepares Streaming Music Launch — Fortune
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: YouTube Music Streaming Service On The Way [REPORT]
Brian Heater / Engadget: Fortune: YouTube music streaming service launching this year
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo: Would You Pay For Ad-Free YouTube?
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.
Chris Greenberg / The Huffington Post: Fox To Take On ESPN
Jeff Dewees / PennLive.com: Fox set to announce sports network, aimed at competing with ESPN, on Tuesday
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
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
Michael Hiestand / Associated Press: Will new Fox sports venture offer challenge to ESPN?
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, SND, @hcheadle and @outsports
Michelle Garcia / Advocate: Outsports Acquired By Mainstream Sports News Company SB Nation
SND: Meet SND's 2012 World's Best news sites and apps: SB Nation, Lenta.ru and the Guardian and Observer iPad app
Harry Cheadle / @hcheadle: Hey, @sbnation bought @outsports. Cool. http://blog.voxmedia.com/post/ 44629598964/sb-nation-acquires- outsports-worldwide-leader-in- gay ...
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 …
Discussion: The Awl, Poynter, CNN, ReadWrite, WebProNews, The Fix, TheBlaze.com, SocialTimes, Marketing Pilgrim, Garcia Media, Betabeat, Daily Download, @chrismegerian, @yahoo, @panzer, @mims, @emilysteel, Gizmodo, VentureBeat, FishbowlNY, Mashable! and BuzzFeed
Ken Layne / The Awl: New Study Proves Everyone On Twitter Is Terrible
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: Pew: Twitter is more liberal & more conservative than public opinion
Doug Gross / CNN: Study: Twitter opinions don't match the mainstream
Taylor Hatmaker / ReadWrite: Pew: Think Real Life Imitates Twitter? Think Again
Scott Clement / The Fix: What Twitter gets wrong
Eddie Scarry / TheBlaze.com: Twitter does not have its finger on America's pulse
Frank Reed / Marketing Pilgrim: On Twitter, Are Reactions to Events a True Reading of the Public at Large?
Dr. Mario R. Garcia / Garcia Media: Principled, yes; stubborn, no
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/ ...
@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/ ...
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/ ...
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/ ...
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Report: Twitter Is an Awful Predictor of Public Opinion
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Print Readership Continues to Decline [Update]
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!: Pew: Twitter Not a Reliable Indicator of Public Opinion
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