Friday, February 6, 2009

WaPo drops freelance payments

Mochael Calderone writes:

The Washington Post's latest cost-cutting measure won't go over well with veteran staffers used to getting a freelance payments for doing online chats or blogs. Those days of beefing up one's salary are over.

"Effective immediately, such payments to employees of Washington Post Media will end," wrote assistant managing editor Shirley Carswell in a staff memo.

Increasingly, newspaper staffers around the country have been required to take on a variety of tasks online -- such as video, blogs, and chats -- as part of their day-to-day reporting. Unions may balk at the idea, since it adds more roles to one's job description with no additional compensation, but it's the way things are moving.

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