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Another Editor Speaks Out Against AOL Patch

Another Patch editor has spoken out against AOL’s new hyper-local group of sites. This one, a former copy editor, wrote to the Business Insider, and includes some juicy, yet scary facts about the way the company pays its editors.
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This particular editor was set to work as a freelancer for the site, but the pay scale made it almost impossible for her to continue on in the job.

“The pay was bracketed. If I completed 300 entries in a week, they would pay $480. First problem, they estimated that this would take 25-30 hours. After I looked at the work, I estimated that it would take a minimum of 30 *productive* hours…So they’re talking 30 cranking, full-speed hours at $16 per hour, and you pay your own insurance and an extra 6.5% self-employment tax.”

While that seems like you need to just know what you’re getting into, this copy-editor’s other problem with the way Patch pays really makes AOL look bad.

Second problem, if you edit 200-299 entries, they pay $310. 100-199 entries completed dropped to something like $130, can’t remember for sure. This was where my real problem cropped up. You have to complete these entries within the week, which runs Sunday midnight to Sunday midnight. So, I asked my editor about this to clarify. I said, so, if I edit 290 entries in a week, 90 entries-equal to 9 hours of my time-would go unpaid? She answered yes, that’s their “incentive system.”

Unbelievable.

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