Freelancers Union Fighting Health Reform Mandates Despite Federal Grants

Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) were supposed to commence on January 1, but were delayed by the White House until the beginning of 2015. But the provision requiring all Americans, including freelance writers, to be covered by some kind of health insurance remains on schedule for next year. A survey conducted by Cigna asked 250 self-employed American about various aspects of health insurance and how it affects them. Nearly one-quarter did not have health insurance at all, with 82 percent of them saying money was the main reason they didn’t. A provision of the ACA [Read more…]

Magazine Editor Steals Article, Admits It, Asks for Payment

I couldn’t resist it. The Gawker article or the pun in my subheading. Normally, I ignore the good old writer vs editor vs Twitter and Facebook trolls vs media snapshot thing. Or I read it, giggle, and move on with my real work. Today I couldn’t walk away from the trainwreck.  The editor for Cooks Source so brazen, the topic too juicy and, well, it’s Friday, I’m always down for a bit of fluff. If you haven’t heard, Gawker has a fantastic post about a writer who found out her article was lifted from the original site it was published [Read more…]

Quality Standards for Online Content

So, the Internet Content Syndication Council is concerned about the allegedly abysmal quality of mass-produced articles flying out of the content mills.  They’re so disturbed by the practices and output of the mills that they’re working on a series of quality standards and have discussed the possibility of certifying “legitimate” content. I can think of few sillier endeavors. Money Talks The ICSC thinks ad spends should go to the producers of rock-solid content.  That wouldn’t be a bad argument if they could convincingly demonstrate that an investment in top drawer material would yield a superior return on investment compared to [Read more…]

How the iPad Might Help Freelance Writers

Everyone knows the print magazine industry is struggling with publications shutting their doors one after the other.  Many freelance writers depended on income from print magazines for many years before digital content usurped the print publishing industry.  What’s a freelancer to do when print publications are reducing the amount of articles they freelance and paying the freelancers they do accept content from lower amounts than ever? According to John Lettice from The Register, Apple’s iPad might just be coming to the rescue for magazines and freelance writers who depend on those magazines as income sources.  Lettice explains that the iPad [Read more…]

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