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Mediagazer Co-Editor Reflects on the Challenges of Self-Employment

In addition to helping operate the 24/7 media reporting controls at mediagazer.com alongside colleagues Patricia Sauthoff, Andria Krewson and Lidija Davis, Lyra McKee is a very enterprising investigative journalist and would-be author. Occasionally, she also  finds time to share some personal observations on her personal website and her latest such blog post offers some excellent, holiday weekend food-for-thought.

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McKee’s January 16 essay is something of a belated New Year’s life evaluation, and a very honest one at that. The Belfast-based writer begins by taking stock of how her current day-to-day compares to what she had once, perhaps foolishly, envisioned:

I had no idea I’d end up like this: self-employed and hustling for the funds to do each story. My plan was for a life of stability: graduate from university, get a newsroom job, mortgage and live happily ever after.

That’s not how it turned out. Twenty-five percent of my time each week is spent filling applications for funding and toying with crazy ideas. Sometimes, it’s fun. Coming up with crazy ideas always is.

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Former Gawker Employee, Robot Run Mediagazer.com

Since FishbowlLA has recently been featured at Mediagazer.com, we thought we’d check in to find out more about this media news aggregator.

The site was founded in March 2010 and is part of a larger group of sites run out of San Francisco and Palo Alto, four in all. In addition to Mediagazer.com, there is Techmeme.com (tech news), WeSmirch.com (celebrity news), and Memeorandum.com (politics). Until recently, Megan McCarthy, who got her start with Gawker’s ValleyWag, was San Francisco based, but she now—along with a robot tool—runs Mediagazer.com out of New York City.

Company founder and CEO Gabe Rivera tells FishbowlLA via email that the big spikes so far for Mediagazer.com have come courtesy of the News of the World, the AOL-Huffington Post merger, and the launch of The Daily. Revenue is derived from “Sponsor Post” news and paid job section listings.

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