When People Work for Little, Who Pays? or What Nonprofit Employees Could Learn From Freelance Writers When It Comes to Compensation
Last month, freelance writer Nate Thayer posted the transcript of an interaction he had with an editor at The Atlantic. The editor in question had read a piece Thayer wrote for another publication and asked him to repurpose it for The Atlantic at no cost. When Thayer pushed back, asking for compensation for his professional services, he was denied. As you can imagine, with the changing landscape of print and online journalism, this story took off, garnering over 700 comments on Thayer’s blog and inspiring a number of responses.
It was Cord Jefferson’s story for Gawker, which this piece draws its title from, that pushed the conversation one step further. Jefferson made an astute and terrifying observation, stating:
“… it doesn't look like media outlets… are going to stop asking for free writing anytime soon. And that means at least one awful thing for the foreseeable future: The writing game will continue to be one rigged for people who already have money.”Read more