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"Contract" position just taking advantage

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dpfunk78, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. dpfunk78

    dpfunk78 Guest

    This is unbelievable. Found on journalismjobs.com in the freelance section.

    During this program, you will be responsible, on average, for writing three stories per week, and occasionally recording a podcast, creating a slideshow or other pieces of content. The stories vary in length from 500-600 word pieces to 1,500-word features. Previous knowledge of AP style is required. Stories are published online and in print magazines, depending on the client.

    Content writers are expected to research topics, find sources, conduct interviews and write stories. Be ready to write for a variety audiences including the insurance, construction and banking industries. Have an openness and wiliness to learn how to write in different voices, styles and tones.

    The program lasts for twelve weeks, and will begin in April. Writers are paid $600/week during the program.

  2. Make sure you keep that "wiliness" about you.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    What's unbelievable? That they would actually pay $600 a week for that? The going rate on the web for a 500-word piece of content is about $2 -- provided it passes the plagiarism machine.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Doesn't sound that bad in the current climate particularly.
  5. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    what's so unbelievable?
  6. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    If you have current knowledge of AP style, can you still apply?

    It doesn't sound like a bad internship type thing, honestly.
  7. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I dunno. Previous knowledge of AP style would imply that you knew AP style before David Minthorn turned it into his personal fiefdom.
  8. J-School Blue

    J-School Blue Member

    There's much worse out there.

    I don't like the shift in the economy in general toward temporary contractors over actual employees, but that's the climate right now in every sector. In the current job market context, this isn't bad at all.
  9. dirtybird

    dirtybird Well-Known Member

    That hardly seems bad at all.
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    It sounds like it's essentially an internship. I wrote more than three stories a week and made $400 a week when I was an intern.
  11. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Well-Known Member

    Yes, this gig sounds like a good one, especially for someone new out of college. You could do much worse than that? Is the poster expecting a six-figure salary?
  12. J-School Blue

    J-School Blue Member

    $600 per week is more than $30k a year. This won't run that long, but that's the pay range you'll be in for awhile.

    You might not be getting benefits and you won't be getting rich, but that's better than some actual jobs a lot of journalists are doing. My first reporting job out of college sure as hell didn't pay that.
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