docbird - 2:47 am on Jul 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Insightful article I think; on Atlantic website, covering especially tough times for writers seeking payment for their work.
Since I mainly write and take photos, and create websites partly to promote them and give material a wider audience, I'm especially interested in the situation. Seen similar re photography lately. And, yes, I strive to be flexible.
Let me give you this hypothetical. You are a digital editor at a fine publication.
... What do you do?
Here are some options:
1. Write a lot of original pieces yourself. (Pro: Awesome. Con: Hard, slow.)
2. Take partner content. (Pro: Content! Con: It's someone else's content.)
3. Find people who are willing to write for a small amount of money. (Pro: Maybe good. Con: Often bad.)
4. Find people who are willing to write for no money. (Pro: Free. Con: Crapshoot.)
5. Aggregate like a mug. (Pro: Can put smartest stuff on blog. Con: No one will link to it.)
6. Rewrite press releases so they look like original content. (Pro: Content. Con: You suck.)So, yeah, the economics of our business are terrible in some ways. And like everything else, the worst of it falls on the workers, the people making the widgets, doing the journalism, making the beds. The money gets sucked upwards and the work gets pushed down.
You can also find link to the original blog post that promoted this article.