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The recent dustup between Nate Thayer and The Atlantic concerning payment (or lack thereof) for freelance writers has highlighted a fact obvious to many working in newsrooms across all platforms: Writers, as a profession, don't make very much, especially considering the volume of work they perform on any given project.
Charles Pierce said as much in a post for Esquire last week, chastising the Washington Post's Ezra Klein for writing that much of the quality copy for news organizations is already being written for free by professionals who aren't journalists, but rather "academics and business consultants and market analysts and former politicians."
These sources, Klein argues, "have the expertise that makes editors -- and readers -- trust them." This is a defensible position, Klein argues, because most journalists are simply repackaging their sources' point of view, and the sources aren't paid for their contributions.