The Antidote to Newspapers' Financial Woes?
By AJR Staff
"Hello there trusted freelancer: We are launching a new version of wweek.com Monday, November 13th that will feature our distinct brand of journalism, updated daily... And we're inviting a handful of choice freelancers to have the option of posting on wweek.com too. As it stands, it's a no fee operation, it's more a chance to have a larger audience view your writing and reporting on a more frequent basis... If the website starts attracting more ads and traffic then we may reevaluate the compensation question in the upcoming months."
— October 31 e-mail from Kelly Clarke, arts and culture editor at Willamette Week, a Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon
"Dear WW Freelancers, On Friday I sent you an email soliciting you to contribute to wweek.com on an unpaid basis. Wrong! Your writing for wweek.com will be treated as a freelance submission and will be paid accordingly. Contact me if you'd like more details."
— Clarke on November 7