I’m still safely tucked away in a remote corner of Hawaii, where it’s always warm and chickens rule the earth (16 inches of snow fell at home last night, so I’m feeling a little smug about being here).
Still, chasing the kids around the beach all day means you miss the handful of truly interesting online discussions that occur, especially this Branch discussion about among editors of online publications about paying writers.
I don’t play much in the online journalistic space (only when I’m paid to by a client, rendering most of the Branch discussion moot), but freelance journalism used to support a fair number of writers, and with that number pretty clearly on the decline, any discussion of writer’s fees, revenue, online advertising and the related goodies is worthwhile.
How much is even well-researched, good writing worth in the digital age?
The answer — at least for online publications — may be “not much.”
(UPDATE: Writer Nate Thayer relates his experience after the Atlantic contacted him to condense an article he’d written for another magazine into a 1200 word post…. and could he do that by the end of the week and for free?)
Keep writing (but try to get paid for it), Tom Chandler