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:
Discussion: @ryanlizza, @lisang, @mattwordsworth, @nikkibayley, @edyong209, @colvinius, @nbj914, @lucymarcus, @nytfridge, @rajunarisetti, @leshinton, @stephengrey, @frenchnicci, @readmatter, @rafat, @tomgara and @hannahhaniya
Ryan Lizza / @ryanlizza: Ugh @BuzzFeedBen: :( RT @evanchill: This is a wholly, depressingly accurate representation of journalism these days. http://ow.ly/intn7
Lisa Goldman / @lisang: This description of a freelance journalist's recent experience rang depressingly true. http://tinyurl.com/cjh58bv
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
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/ ...""
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/ ...
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/ ... ...
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
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
@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
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
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
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 "
Nicci French / @frenchnicci: Want a job? Unpaid? Everyone in the media should read this... http://bit.ly/12pQE4C
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
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
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)
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: @charlesarthur, @jtwentyman, @superglaze, @robinwauters, @shirleyayres, @superglaze, @anyapalmer, @paulmwatson, @mims, @adamblottr, @benjilanyado, @nmsonline, @sohear, @nytfridge, MILO YIANNOPOULOS and @jeffjarvis
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.
Jessica Twentyman / @jtwentyman: @superglaze “It will never be my preference or intention to profit from unpaid writers indefinitely.” *sigh*
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.
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/ ...
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
David Meyer / @superglaze: Kinda sad actually. It had promise, once. RT @KernelMag: We bid you adieu. http://bit.ly/ZcMOUT
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/ ...
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/ ...
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/ ...
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/ ...
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/ ...
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/ ...
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? :-)
@nytfridge: An Editor-in-Chief's farewell note. Via @KernelMag. We bid you adieu - Milo Yiannopoulos. http://bit.ly/Vzd1Ra
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Washington Post to Try Sponsored Posts — There was a time when putting ads on the front page of newspapers was considered risque. Those are over. The Washington Post became the latest publisher to quit worrying and learn to love sponsored content. — WaPo tomorrow plans to launch …
Discussion: @bobbymacreports, @laurenweinstein, @bmorrissey and Beet.TV, Thanks:@steverubel
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 ...”
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
Beet.TV: MIT'S Jason Pontin: “Editors Hate to Hear This,” but Readers Have High Regard for Native Advertising
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: Poynter, CNN, Daily Download, Betabeat, Gizmodo, @mims, @yahoo, @panzer, Garcia Media, @emilysteel, @chrismegerian, VentureBeat, Mashable!, FishbowlNY and BuzzFeed
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: Pew: Twitter is more liberal & more conservative than public opinion
Doug Gross / CNN: Study: Twitter opinions don't match the mainstream
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Report: Twitter Is an Awful Predictor of 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/ ...
@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/ ...
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!: Pew: Twitter Not a Reliable Indicator of Public Opinion
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Print Readership Continues to Decline [Update]
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: Guardian, Canada NewsWire Group, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, The Province and ctvnews.ca
Roy Greenslade / Guardian: Toronto Star cuts jobs and outsources editing tasks
Laura Kane / Toronto Star: Toronto Star to outsource page production
Christine Dobby / The Province: Toronto Star announces layoffs, outsourcing of page production
Globe and Mail:
Read Toronto Star staff memos from publisher, editor — MEMO FROM TORONTO STAR PUBLISHER — Today, the Star is announcing a series of restructuring initiatives to reduce our costs in the face of revenue challenges. These steps are being taken following careful review.
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/ ...
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.
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: Talking Biz News
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: Pearson CEO: Fewer FT jobs in U.S. and England
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Hold On Tight, Gizmodo Is a TV Show Now — If we made a Top Gear for gadgets, would you watch it? In two weeks, you'll have your chance. — Nearly ten years ago, when I first ran Gizmodo, gadgets were as niche of a topic for news and debate as could be.
Discussion: @papapishu, FishbowlNY, @joemfbrown, @joshpetri, @jennydeluxe, @alexweprin, @leshorn, @justinnxt and @kylenw
Chris Person / @papapishu: @kylenw I'm gonna start working on Kotaku TV. It'll just be me traveling cross-country, haranguing famous strangers about Pokémon.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Gizmodo Gets a TV Show
@joemfbrown: Guys. GUYS. Have you heard of @gizmodo? @gizmodo the TV SHOW? Well, that is a thing http://gizmodo.com/5988355/hold-on- tight-gizmodo-is-a-tv-show-now ...
Josh Petri / @joshpetri: It's ‘Top Gear’ for gadgets brought to you by @gizmodo. How hard could it be? http://bit.ly/Zaeutz
Jenna Wortham / @jennydeluxe: Hold on to yer butts! Gizmodo Is a TV Show Now via @joeljohnson http://gizmodo.com/5988355/hold-on- tight-gizmodo-is-a-tv-show-now ...
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin: BBC America making big play for geeks. Has Nerdist too RT @Gizmodo: Hold on tight, kids; Gizmodo is a TV show now. http://gizmo.do/Eqis1cN
Bookofjoe / @leshorn: Watch or I'll come to your house and put your hand in a bowl of warm water while you sleep. http://gizmodo.com/5988355/hold-on- tight-gizmodo-is-a-tv-show-now ...
Justin Ellis / @justinnxt: Gizmodo launches a TV show, or “Top Gear for gadgets.” YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION. http://gizmodo.com/5988355/hold-on- tight-gizmodo-is-a-tv-show-now ...
Rafat Ali / Skift:
Exclusive: BBC selling Lonely Planet to Kentucky cigarette billionaire Brad Kelley — EXCLUSIVE: Lonely Planet, the storied travel guidebooks publisher owned by BBC, is about to be sold, we have learned. And the buyer is a doozy: reclusive Kentucky billionaire Brad Kelley …
Discussion: Media News, TheMediaBriefing, C21Media, @rafat, Quartz, Guardian, Telegraph and @jcstearns
European Journalism Centre / Media News: BBC selling Lonely Planet to Kentucky cigarette billionaire Brad Kelley
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing: BBC's Lonely Planet sell-off means less market distortion (and complaining from rival publishers)
Clive Whittingham / C21Media: Billionaire eyes BBC's Lonely Planet
Rafat Ali / @rafat: BBC comment on @lonelyplanet sale: “No deal done & we're not going to comment on speculation.” Not speculation, FYI: http://skift.com/2013/03/04/bbc- selling-lonely-planet-to-kentucky- cigarette-billionaire-brad-kelley/ ...
Rafat Ali / Quartz: Lonely Planet nears sale to reclusive Kentucky billionaire for roughly $100 million
Josh Halliday / Guardian: BBC Worldwide reportedly in talks to sell controlling stake in Lonely Planet
Josh Stearns / @jcstearns: BBC selling Lonely Planet http://skift.com/2013/03/04/bbc- selling-lonely-planet-to-kentucky- cigarette-billionaire-brad-kelley/ ... Is this a mistake - giving up tons of local data when mobile and local are on the rise?
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
BBC says no deal done yet for Lonely Planet
BBC says no deal done yet for Lonely Planet
Jason Clampet / Skift: Lonely Planet and the rapid decline of the printed guidebook
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 …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Google's Hush-Hush Hollywood Huddle … A top Google official met last week with select Hollywood execs for a broad-ranging conversation that touched on a touchy subject: piracy. — The off-the-record meeting was by no means an official negotiation, but the latest event from the Foreign Policy Roundtable …