Tumblr page shows how much news orgs pay photographers

PetaPixel | Who Pays Photographers?

“Who Pays Photographers?” is a Tumblr that takes anonymous submissions about who pays how much to photojournalists.

On Wednesday, Gannon Burgett wrote about the page for PetaPixel.

As photographers, one of the most difficult aspects of using it as a form of income is determining what is and isn’t deemed appropriate compensation for our work.

An almost taboo topic amongst photographers and even more so amongst editorial clients, the talk of pay is one that rarely gets brought to the front-lines. Ultimately, this leaves those looking to get into editorial gigs have a much larger barrier to entry, as less information is known by both parties.

The page credits the Tumblr page “Who Pays Writers” for the inspiration. Submissions include the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and Texas A&M’s university newspaper, The Battalion.

Along with day rates and mileage, some of the submissions include important details such as how long it takes to get paid (three months, according to one, for The Wall Street Journal.)

Poynter has some good stuff on freelancing. Here’s a sampling:

– 5 tips for finding mentors in journalism, even if you don’t work in a newsroom

– Poynter’s News University also has this Webinar: “Jumpstarting Your Freelance Career: Marketing and Business Basics”

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