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Still No Dough for Paste Freelancers

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Considering how Paste shuttered last week because it couldn’t afford to even keep its lights on, it’s probably safe to assume that paying freelancers might not be its top priority right now.

According to Gawker, several writers are due checks — one claims he’s been waiting almost two years — and the frustration is beginning to settle in. The site obtained a regretful, yet seemingly genuine email sent to a freelancer from the Ellie-nominated magazine’s founder and EIC Josh Jackson:

I was way too optimistic in both thinking things were turning around for us and for thinking that investment money was coming in. We’ve been in survival mode for way too long and dug way too big a hole. Unless the rug is about to get pulled from under me again, the days of delayed payments should be behind us soon. Glad to hear there will be no hard feelings if we can get you paid, and I’ll understand the hard feelings if we can’t.

Sigh. Wonder if Jackson and the crew regret not charging folks for this back in ’08. Coulda been a cash cow.

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Paste Magazine Thrives Through Belt-Tightening

benpastecover2008.jpgWhile giant publishers with seemingly limitless budgets were forced to reassess their finances and even shutter publications over the last two years, a small, 8-year-old music magazine has been quietly expanding through innovative solutions to its cost problem.

Paste magazine, run by Tim Regan-Porter, Nick Purdy and Josh Jackson, offered its readers several options to help combat dwindling finances, including several different subscription package combos, fundraising and getting recording artists to release a special song for their magazine that wasn’t available elsewhere. They also started turning out a smaller product to save on costs.

Not only did it work, but Paste is on the road to being out of the red, according to publisher Purdy. And with if the magazine can find more help from an “angel,” it would “put us on sound financial footing and let us invest in things like circulation again,” he told Audience Development.

Now Paste has bulked up its content by entering into a licensing agreement with Featurewell.com, which allows Paste articles, columns, and reviews to be reprinted in other publications. Meanwhile, Paste is able to reprint content from any of Featurewell’s other clients, including TV Guide magazine, New York Observer and Reason magazine. While we’ve seen this sort of content-sharing happen with more and more frequency with Web publications (like Gawker and The Business Insider), it’s been slow to catch on with print journalism. Here’s hoping that 2010 sees other small publishers being as creative with their funding options and content as Paste.

Press release after the jump.

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Previously: Paste Asks Readers, Musicians To Help Save Mag

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Paste Almost Has Enough Money to Stay Intact

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And in case you’re wondering if we’re getting tired of the Paste-based puns. We are not.

From AP:

A week after asking readers for donations to keep afloat, music magazine Paste has raised more than half the needed cash.

Editor-in-chief Josh Jackson said Thursday the suburban Atlanta-based monthly has raised $166,000 in donations. The magazine focusing on music, film and culture is struggling after a sharp decline in advertising revenue.

Previously on FBLA: Paste Asks for Donations to Keep It Together

Paste Asks for Donations to Keep It Together

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AJR reports:

The trendy magazine Paste is asking its 205,000 readers to donate at least a dollar each to make up for slumping ad sales that are driving the Decatur-based publication out of business.

Paste Editor-in-Chief Josh Jackson said he needs donations in “the low six figures” to safely keep the magazine devoted to music, film and culture afloat.

They’re running a story: The First-Ever Joint Interview with Dave and Toph Eggers. That’s worth an extra dollar at least.

For-profit publications asking for donations? We’re going to be seeing a lot more of this…