Writing as a “career” isn’t easy, in part due to the fact that no company will let you treat it like one. Journalism, whether it be for an online publication or traditional print media, is no longer considered a full-time job, even when it is. From freelancers to permalancers to contractors, no matter what you call it, you’re still filing a 1099 at the end of year, paying taxes out of your own pocket, and not receiving vacation or sick days, health insurance or any of those other benefits that are afforded to even those in the fast-food industry.
But there’s hope: word today is that Nick Denton — whose uncanny ability to predict the next financial trends in digital media and apply them to Gawker Media has allowed his sites to stay solvent in the industry-wide meltdown — is now offering his employees the choice to become full-time employees and work five days a week or stay as contractors and work four days every week.
Though we don’t know what kind of benefit system Denton’s got set up, at least this way if layoffs hit flagship Gawker and its sister sites again, those let go will be able to get unemployment benefits without going through a lengthy legal battle.
We can only hope that other publications will follow suit and extend to the people who create their content the same benefits they do their janitors.
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