This story is developing Down Under, but it sadly speaks to broader digital journalism issues that we have all become wearily familiar with here in the U.S.
In a co-signed open letter posted on the personal website of Herald Sun theater critic and Crikey TV critic Byron Bache (pictured), he and a group of fellow veteran arts and entertainment writers are asking scribes NOT to contribute to Crikey’s new vertical The Daily Review, launched today. Why? Because not only is parent co. Private Media not paying writers for blog items, but the new site has also allegedly ditched the bonus payments model in effect at the Crikey end.
Bache originally published the specifics of the Web traffic bonuses and then removed those numbers, at Crikey’s request. However, Business Day has republished the specifics:
Because nothing is deleted forever on the Internet, Business Day can reveal how the [Crikey] system works. Blog entries that get 25,000 page views a month earned a “bonus” of $193.50, those with 50,000 hits $387 and so on, with the system topping out at $4000 for a post ticking past the 500,000 mark.