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  • Pressland is uncovering the state of pay for freelancers
  • Pressland is uncovering the state of pay for freelancers
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Pressland: bringing transparency to freelancing

Freelancing is fast becoming the new normal, with 53 million Americans now working this way. Journalism has been particularly affected by this shift, but many writers still have problems getting paid by publishers. Can Pressland help civilise the industry by increasing transparency?

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Freelancing is fast becoming the new normal, with 53 million Americans now working this way – equal to around 34% of the US workforce. [1] The journalism industry has been particularly affected by this shift, with young reporters turning to self-employment partly because of benefits like flexible hours, and partly because of shrinking newsrooms across the globe.

But while freelancing has its appeal, many writers suffer issues with payments. To resolve these problems, journalist John Koyen founded Pressland, a crowd-sourced media platform that’s aiming to bring transparency to freelance writing. Functioning much like a ‘Yelp for media’, ...

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