Things I’ve Learned Freelancing

Oh, the freelance life! I was laid off from a full-time editing job about a month ago, and although Harold wrote a really nice note here urging folks to hire me for a full-time position, I’ve been pretty happy and keeping busy freelancing for a number of outlets. On that note, I’ll share a few…

When You Don’t Get Paid, Part 4

As an example for videogame journalists, I’m detailing a small claims  suit I filed against a travel magazine that was led by, in this case, a less-than-honest editor in chief. So what happened when I took the train downtown to court on a chilly spring evening? In front of a genial mediator, I pled my…

When You Don’t Get Paid, Part 1

It’s going to happen at some point. You’ll pen a story. You’ll put all of your blood, sweat and tears into it. You’ll get tough interview subjects to participate. Your editor will say ‘I love it!’  The fruits of your labor will be published. Maybe you’ll even get a cover story on the Web or…