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Doomed to Freelance?

In Writing on January 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

By Tim Beyers

BusinessWeek has a new cover story in which it describes today as the era of permanent temporary workers, one in which corporate profits have soared as pay has sagged and benefits have gone missing. Read it here.


Be warned: the story is depressing. And yet I take comfort — irrational comfort, possibly, but comfort nonetheless — in this quote:

“With the economy expanding again, and employers loath to add permanent workers, temp employment is one of the few sectors of the labor market that is growing rapidly,” writes BusinessWeek’s Peter Coy.

That’s good news. Skilled writers with the temerity to risk rejection may be positioned to profit from the economic rebound underway, even if the publishing industry isn’t recovering as fast as others. Or at all.

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Editorchat to Get a Winter Makeover

In Resources, Writing on December 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm

By Tim Beyers

After 11 months on the job, Editorchat is taking a break for the winter. Well, okay, not for the whole winter, but for December. My co-founder Lydia Dishman and I are taking the month to try and make the experience, and the blog, better.

You might say we’re returning to our roots. We’re taking time to remember why we started this thing. Here’s what we said back in March, when former BusinessWeek Executive Editor John A. Byrne joined us for a chat:

If you have yet to try Editorchat, think of it as the world’s cheapest, real-time writer’s conference covering issues of substance facing the publishing industry. We think these sorts of discussions are essential for survival as writers. Having BusinessWeek join us makes us think that we’re onto something.

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Are We All Members of the Media Now?

In Writing on April 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm

By Tim Beyers

For John A. Byrne, Executive Editor of BusinessWeek and Editor-in-Chief of, journalism is an act of communion. “For us, this is all part of how journalism is changing from a product handed down by reporters to an audience, to a process that embraces the user at every stage,” he wrote in guest-moderating last week’s edition of Editorchat.

So we’re all members of the media now? I doubt that Byrne would go that far but when readers are also sources, fact checkers and, at times, assignment editors, the line gets blurry. When do we know we’ve officially crossed it? Should we care? Read the rest of this entry »

The World’s Cheapest Writer’s Conference

In Resources on March 25, 2009 at 9:31 pm

By Tim Beyers

Each Wednesday, freelance features writer Lydia Dishman and I host Editorchat on Twitter from 8:30-10:00 pm eastern. We’re on again tonight. Only this time, John A. Byrne, Executive Editor of BusinessWeek and Editor-in-Chief of is our guest moderator.

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