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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Will Paste pay its writers?

Gawker's on top of this whole Paste thing. Last week they reported the Decatur-based magazine's demise. Today, they pose the question of whether or not the publication's freelancers will be paid the money they're ostensibly owed for their work.

Is Paste following its own model when it comes to its contributors?
  • Is Paste following its own model when it comes to its contributors?

Gawker posts an email from Paste editor Josh Jackson (no relation) that was forwarded to them by a contributor to the e'er-troubled magazine. In it, Jackson states, "[g]lad to hear there will be no hard feelings if we can get you paid, and I'll understand the hard feelings if we can't." Well, ouch. As an outside observer, it's somewhat understandable: tough times and all that. But as a freelancer myself, when you do work under the expressed condition of financial reward - however meager, although one freelancer claims to be owed as much as $2,700 - it's hard to swallow a half-assed apology like that when said reward doesn't come. It's as simple as this: If you don't have the money to pay writers, you shouldn't hire writers - or at least make the situation clear up front.

Any Paste contributors having trouble getting paid? Let us know via email or in the comments.

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