Lessons Learned from Condé Nast: Know Your Employer’s Freelancing Policies

Reading this story on The New York Post made us think about the importance of knowing your employer’s policies about freelancing for other publications especially if they’re a competitor.

In essence, after reading this blog if the take-away is simply knowing if you’re in an exclusivity contract with your current employer, then we’ve done our job.

It’s always best to know your employer’s policies up front rather than find out too late that you’ve been given the pink slip due to freelancing for a competitor whether it’s writing, reporting, fact checking or designing layouts. Sure, some people may get by with a pseudonym byline and figure nothing’s wrong with freelancing on the side to earn extra cash and make new contacts but all we’re saying is this story can create a spark in terms of your own situation.

In case you missed the piece, sources told the newspaper that Condé Nast’s international chairman, Jonathan Newhouse, has been telling his photographers and editors to say away from a former French Vogue editor’s new publication. 

Carine Roitfeldis working on launching a new magazine, CR Fashion Book. The biannual pub will be published by Fashion Media Group LLC, the same company that works with V, V Man, and Visionaire.

According to the piece, after Roitfeld announced her magazine’s intentions, Newhouse remind photographers and others on his team about their exclusivity with Condé for their own titles such as Vogue, Glamour, and Vanity Fair. Keep in mind Roitfeld is a Condé alum; Vogue in France technically falls within their house.

A source told the newspaper, “Everyone is buzzing about the Condé roadblocks against Carine. People love Carine but are more frightened of the Condé Nast machine.”