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The plight of freelance writers


Eliza Jordan

It is great to see aspiring journalists, like the one pictured above, forge ahead in the job market despite the difficulty of making a living from writing.
Some magazines and newspapers these days pay as little as $25 per story – and some resist paying at all.
Freelance journalist Nate Thayer found that out when an Atlantic magazine editor contacted him about his article on basketball diplomacy with North Korea. The editor, Olga Khazan, wanted him to cut the story from 4,300 to 1,200 words and give it to Atlantic for free. She wrote:

We unfortunately can’t pay you for it, but we do reach 13 million readers a month. I understand if that’s not a workable arrangement for you, I just wanted to see if you were interested. Continue reading