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Despite Fake Bylines, San Francisco Chronicle to Continue Using Journatic’s BlockShopper

Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Rebecca Rosen Lum has some sobering news from the opposite end of the journalism scale.

Despite a protest by the Media Workers Guild, which represents journalists and other workers at the San Francisco Chronicle, editor Ward Bushee has decided the paper will continue to publish real estate items created by Journatic’s now infamous content outsourcing service BlockShopper. The operation’s shoddy overseas business practices were exposed on a recent episode of NPR’s This American Life. From Lum’s report in online newspaper the Fog City Journal:

Last week, Bushee met with Media Workers Guild international vice president Michael Cabanatuan, a Chronicle reporter and former president of the San Francisco-based Pacific Media Workers Guild. Bushee told Cabanatuan the Chronicle preferred to devote its newsroom resources to higher-profile coverage…

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‘Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Freelancers’

Former Contra Costa Times religion reporter, Rebecca Rosen Lum pens a piece on California Progress Report about the state of freelancing.

She writes:

“Would I like to be a full-time journo and do what I love to do?” says one respondent. “Yes. Is that realistic now? No.”

Cracked another, “Mothers: Don’t let your babies grow up to be freelancers.”

Most freelance journalists say they enjoy the flexibility and freedom of working independently, but struggle with feelings of isolation, an unsteady income, lack of health care, dated skills and a brutal market.

If you’re not already depressed about freelancing today – go on and read the whole thing.

Hat tip Romenesko