Yes, we all missed our chance to suck up to Choire Sicha and Alex Balk. We could have worked for free all these years and look where we’d be now. Damn.
Seriously, this is some of the best news we’ve seen all year. The Great Recession doesn’t even come close to describing the slaughter fest journalists have endured in the last three years. We keep on searching for signs that it’s getting better. And while this is not exactly the LAT hiring hundreds of people, The Awl paying people shows that someone can start something and pay people eventually. It makes us suspect (maybe) the darkest (at least) has passed.
Just a couple thousand more Awls and we’ll be solid.
Joe Pompeo at Yahoo News writes:
The Awl, Choire Sicha and Alex Balk’s irreverent and idiosyncratic 2-year-old journalism start-up, will as of Jan. 1 start paying the writers who have helped turn the site into a culture and media must-read with half a million monthly visitors.
“Each month, we plan to lop off some portion of our income and share that money equally among the month’s writers,” Sicha told The Cutline. “Paying writers has been a top priority since Day One.”
Read the whole piece here.