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Will Write for Food: The Digital Freelance Journalist Dilemma

I am exhausted from following the explosion of opinion about how much freelance journalists should be paid after writer Nate Thayer took on The Atlantic for offering to publish his work, for free.

It used to be that freelance meant you were a free-agent. Now, it just means you work for free, or scraps.

I understand Thayer’s anger, and I’m glad he started the conversation. And as much as I respect (want to be?!) Matt Yglesias or Alexis Madrigal and hear them on the fact that there is no easy solution to pay smart writers and writers have to write and gosh, darn, they never did really make any money anyway– hearing them talk about why I should write for free makes me envision doing very mean things to them. Because they’re in. And they’re not even trying to tell us — digital natives who aren’t entirely shocked by the fact that we can’t make a decent living, yet still hopeful — that it gets better. What they’re saying is “write for free and maybe you’ll be able to make your own brand someday, but we sure as hell can’t pay you for it. We definitely can not even hire you for menial writing labor.”

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The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal To Contribute On Quarterly.co, New Site For Gifts In Mail

Alexis Madrigal's contributor page on Quarterly.co

I took a double-take when I first read Quarterly Co.’s site description. The new website allows users to subscribe to influential figures and receive packages from them in the mail each quarter. But my reaction is probably not uncommon, and that’s the point; in an era dominated by online interactions, Quarterly Co. wants to  remind people of the “tangible interactions that happen in the real world.”

“It is like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted and narrated by the contributor,” the site’s about page says.

Although the concept seems strange and unsustainable to me, the coolest part is that Alexis Madrigal — a co-founder of Longshot Magazine and senior editor at The Atlantic — is one of the first contributors.

From his page on the site:

My gifts will be part science class and part history, sprinkled lightly with the bliss you felt out behind the gym when you looked up at the stars and thought, “Whoa. There are so many stars.” Your wonder was legit, even if you were really stoned.

It costs $25/quarter to subscribe. Invites are only temporarily opened to the public, so sign up while you still have a chance and check out the rest of the contributors.

Hat tip to Greg Linch, who pointed this link out to me.

Longshot Magazine Announces “Debt” Theme, 48 Hours Remain — And A Chance At $2,000

Today a noon Pacific time, the crew at Longshot Magazine in NYC announced the theme for this issuedebt!

From their announcement:

Yes, we know Washington politicians are also staying up all weekend, debating this figment of the Congressional imagination called the debt ceiling. Forget about that. Or co-opt it. The theme is bigger than their squabble and more interesting than their rhetoric.

That means that from this moment, you have exactly 24  hours to submit your reporting, poetry, photography, and graphics to be printed into issue No. 2 of Longhot Magazine. Again, you have until tomorrow, Saturday, July 30 at noon PST to submit your stuff. Read more

How You Can Get Involved With Longshot Magazine

The dynamic trio and their team of volunteer editors, sketch artists, photographers, writers, reporters and poets are at it again — the 48-hour, user-generated Longshot Magazine will be produced July 29 through July 31 in New York City.

Longshot Magazine — co-founded by Gizmodo’s Mat Honan, The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, and GOOD Magazine’s Sarah Rich — is a creative magazine produced entirely in 48 hours with stories and art submitted by people from around the world on the web. The magazine editors will announce the theme of the magazine on Friday, July 29 at noon, and users can start submitting their work. By noon on Sunday, the magazine will be completed and sent to print, and a digital, mobile-compatible version will be available online.

I corresponded with Mat Honan recently to get the inside scoop on the upcoming issue. In August, I participated in the creation of the second issue in Los Angeles by submitting artwork and helping Adam Hemphill build the website. The experience, fueled by lots of Red Bull and coffee, was one of my favorite production experiences of my life — and here’s how you can get involved too! Read more