Laid Off New Yorker Writer Tweets About Losing His Job

@DanielsBaum‘s contract at the New Yorker was terminated in 2007. Now, almost two years later, he’s Tweeting about the experience.

@DanielsBaum, or Dan Baum, was a staff writer for the New Yorker from 2003 until 2007 (the final year he wrote a daily column about New Orleans, not for the print edition).

Here’s his Twitter feed thus far (too many to take a screengrab, so just read backwards):

# Loved it. More later.
# It gets away with it, because writing for the New Yorker is the ne plus ultra of journalism gigs. Like everybody, I
# Just the way the New Yorker chooses to behave. It shows no loyalty to its writers, yet expects full fealty in return.
# Year. Every September, I was up for review. Turns out, all New Yorker writers work this way, even the bigfeet. It’s
# My gig was a straight dollars-for-words arrangement: 30,000 words a year for $90,000. And the contract was year-to-
# But rather a contractor. So there’s no health insurance, no 401K, and most of all, no guarantee of a job beyond one year.
# First, a little about the job of New Yorker staff writer. “Staff writer” is a bit of a misnomer, as you’re not an employee,
# Character chunks.
# Nobody leaves a New Yorker job voluntarily. I was fired. And over the next few days, I’ll tell that story here, in 140
# People often ask why I left the New Yorker. After all, I had a staff writer job. Isn’t that the best job in journalism? Yes.

This isnt’ a 100% new story: Gawker talked to Baum back in 2007 when he first learned his contract wouldn’t be renewed.
“[David] Remnick [, editor of the New Yorker] was not happy with my work,” he told Gawker. “But I would like to go back there.”

“It’s the best gig in journalism,” he said. “I miss it. I really liked it.”