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Should You Write For Free? Journos Weigh In on the Thayer/Atlantic Kerfuffle

When freelance journalist Nate Thayer posted an email exchange he’d had with an editor at The Atlantic, who hoped to publish his work without compensation, he had no idea it would garner so much attention. The blog post has been viewed over 100,000 times, tweeted like mad, and has prompted a vigorous debate among journalism professionals.

Over at Reuters, Felix Salmon breaks down point-by-point where The Atlantic screwed up, while explaining why the magazine’s online freelance budget is so small as to be, at times, non-existent. It’s not that digital journalism doesn’t pay, he explains, it just rarely pays freelancers. If you want to make a living wage, you need a staff position.

Not everyone is against working for nothing. Matthew Yglesias of Slate calls it “an enormous boon to society” when people write online for free. Staffer-turned-freelancer Ann Friedman admits in her column at CJR that she occasionally writes for free, albeit only with good reasons. Those include establishing experience, raising her profile, or an opportunity to participate in something wonderful.

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BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

Tomorrow Magazine Launches with Tons of Content

This week marks the launch of Tomorrow magazine, the rebound publication put together by the gang of GOOD hard workers suddenly and rudely jettisoned earlier this year. It’s online and in the mail, the result of a thrilling, Kickstarter-assisted process:

From the first meetings in our de facto HQ, a rustic Echo Park cabin, we had more ideas than we knew what to do with. Our call for contributions resulted in hundreds of pitches and offers to design or illustrate or help with fact-checking. Thanks to this outpouring of creativity and support, we’ve been able to fill these pages with stories, arguments and art that hopefully express the beautiful weirdness of the cultural, political and economic moment in which we find ourselves.

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that we live in the future, that the things we find commonplace were mere notions just a few decades ago. Tomorrowland is what we called our temporary office, but it’s the country we live in, too: high-tech, post-national, gender-bending, race-mixing, egalitarian and ready for whatever comes next. Funny. Sexy. Strange.

Content is cleverly grouped under the headings of “Morning,” “Day” and “Evening” (“Evening” index pictured above). Within each colorful section is a plethora of inviting features. Too many to mention. Too much fun for one publication.

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Former GOOD Executive Editor Stresses the Importance of ‘Horizontal Loyalty’

Ann Friedman is certainly not one to cry in her breakfast cereal. Since being deposed from GOOD magazine earlier this year along with a great many others, she has quickly moved on to a Columbia Journalism Review weekly column and much more.

In an interview with NYC-based policymic.com, she hints at one of the reasons for her quick bounce-back abilities. We agree entirely with the gist of this approach, and love the name even more:

Friedman is a passionate advocate of “horizontal loyalty,” a start-up/journalistic credo “about believing and investing in your friends.” She advises young writers, “Retweet each other. Connect each other. Collaborate on a short-lived but hilarious Tumblr, or apply for a reporting grant together, or put together a panel. Make awesome stuff now. Don’t wait your turn.”

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Ann Friedman Tumblr Morphs Into Weekly CJR Column

Here’s some welcome news. As the laid off gang from GOOD continues their transition to the crowd-funded pages of Tomorrow magazine, former executive editor Ann Friedman has found a new home for her signature Tumblr blog #RealTalk.

The page has been made over into a weekly online column for the Columbia Journalism Review. She promises to answer questions about paywalls, gender bias, the sweatshop economics of freelance digital journalism and more:

It’s going to be more than one-liners and animated gifs (though there will be plenty of those). It’s going to be a place for super practical conversation about working in media.

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Looking for a Few GOOD ‘Brand Apostles’

Wow, what a difference a year makes at GOOD. Around this time last year, we wrote how the media company, infused with cash from its “Pepsi Refresh” marketing project, was putting serious bucks into its editorial side. They had 19 job positions open. Several of those positions would later be filled by journalist Ann Friedman and the team she assembled to run GOOD magazine. Friedman’s tenure helming the mag was generally considered to be a major journalistic improvement over GOOD’s previous incarnations.

One year later, however, Friedman and her staff were let go, and it seems like the company has chosen to go in the complete opposite direction. Mediawire noticed that GOOD is once again hiring. But instead of journalists, this time around they’re looking for “content curators” and “brand apostles.”

From a business perspective, all of this makes a certain amount of sense. As we reported a year ago, GOOD was making a killing on the ever-expanding marketing side of its business. “We’re proud of the work that goes into the magazine,” GOOD founder Casey Caplowe told me, “but at this point it’s almost a side project.”

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Good Magazine’s Editorial Department Decimated by Layoffs

Bad news for Good readers – The bulk of the Los Angeles-based magazine’s editorial staff was laid off today. According to Poynter, those handed pink slips include executive editor Ann Friedman, managing editor Megan Greenwell, senior editor Cord Jefferson, lifestyle editor Amanda Hess, business editor Tim Fernholz, and associate editor Nona Willis Aronowitz. Wylie Overstreet stated on Twitter that he was leaving voluntarily.

Last night Good magazine threw a launch party for their latest issue, and it may have been a last hurrah. How can they publish without a staff? The company has released no statement about the layoffs, just a vague tweet at 7:57 this evening, several hours after the news broke:

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The American Prospect Will Fold Unless it Comes up With $500,000

The American Prospect, the liberal magazine that publishes 10 times a year, is in dire straits. The Huffington Post reports that, unless the title comes up with about $500,000, the July/August issue, which closes in May, will be its last.

Kit Rachlis, the American Prospect’s Editor-in-Chief, is currently pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn’t happen. She told HuffPo that staffers are “making an all-points effort to fill that gap with individual donors, institutional donors, as well as readers and subscribers.”

If you think the American Prospect hasn’t made much of an impact, thus it won’t be missed, here are just a few journalists who got their start there: Ezra KleinSuzy Khimm, Joshua GreenNick Confessore, Garance Franke-Ruta, Jonathan Chait and Ann Friedman.

ASME Says Criticism of Nominations is ‘Kind of Silly’

Yesterday, when FishbowlNY covered the 2012 National Magazine Award finalists, we expected the typical backlash against the major publishing houses and our fine city. While there was some of that, many people took the ASME to task for the noticeable lack of women writers.

As Ann Friedman — the Executive Editor of GOOD noted, “Women hold their own or dominate in servicey categories (public interest, personal service) and fiction. They are not represented at all in the categories of reporting, feature writing, profile writing, essays and criticism, columns and commentary.” Alyssa Rosenberg, writing for Think Progress, added that the “women’s” category ends up hurting female writers:

The division in General Excellence creates an incentive for women’s magazines to genuinely specialize their coverage across the board, while men’s magazines have incentives to commission features and criticism that compete with publications like the New Yorker and The Atlantic.

Sid Holt, the ASME’s Chief Executive, brushed off the criticism. He wrote to Poynter and said it was all “Kind of silly,” went through the selection process and cited past nominations as proof that there is no bias:

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Do Good To Evoke Social Change

GOOD‘s mission is first and foremost, to do, well — good. The platform serves to help people learn about the world, live in it better, and accomplish what’s important to them.

So freelancers looking for a byline should embody ”pragmatic optimism” in their story ideas.  Tailor your pitch to be forward-thinking, creative, and solutions-oriented, said executive editor Ann Friedman.

“We want to pick apart trends and figure out where the opportunities are. We want to use personal stories to illuminate bigger issues. And we want to have fun.”

To find out what Friedman looks for in short, opinion-driven articles or longer reported features, check out How To Pitch: GOOD. [sub req'd]

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