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Jack Shafer: ‘Everybody Should Be Expecting a Layoff in Hard Times Like These’

Just days after getting laid off by Slate, media critic Jack Shafer shared some tough advice for all the working writers in the audience during an online interview at Poynter.

Check it out: “Everybody should be expecting a layoff in hard times like these … Do you know the play/movie Glengarry Glen Ross? There’s a cliche the boiler-room salesmen in it use: ‘ABC,’ which stands for Always Be Closing. I believe in ABL for journalists: Always Be Looking. No matter how good your job is–and mine was great–you should always be looking for your next gig.”

Shafer (pictured, via) will keep writing for Slate as a freelance contributor. The online magazine laid off a few writers last week and ended their contract with freelance books editor Ann Hulbert. What survival advice do you have for writers struggling to survive in this ongoing recession?

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