In Writing on December 26, 2009 at 10:49 am
By Tim Beyers
Along with family, friends, presents, and far too much food, Christmas Day brought news of a thwarted terrorist attack on board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. CNN is reporting that a 23-year-old Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab activated an explosive device that caused a fire as the airplane began its descent.
On TV, talking heads are speculating about heavy-handed new security rules. Ignore them. We already know how the Transportation Security Agency and airlines are responding, thanks to analyst Charlene Li. Read the rest of this entry »
In Writing on May 20, 2009 at 3:38 am
By Tim Beyers
Full disclosure: I’ve been a freelance writer for the past six years, writing mostly for The Motley Fool.
I’ve officially read too many rants decrying the fall of print media and traditional publishing. Ed Wasserman’s essay for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), “Keeping it Honest in a Freelance World,” went too far.
“There’s good reason not to welcome this,” Wasserman writes, referring to 2008’s bumper crop of unwilling new freelancers. “It means journalists will be paid even worse. It means coverage is likely to suffer from further loss of consistency and coherence, not to mention expertise.”
So reporting under the influence of a 1099 rather than a W-2 is tantamount to institutional decay? Read the rest of this entry »