Writer’s Self Defense

I just accepted an invitation to moderate a panel at the spring meeting of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The title will be “Writer’s Self Defense,” and the agenda will include discussions about contract clauses, tough negotiations, and strategies for getting paid.

I’m always happy to volunteer with ASJA and am of course honored to be considered qualified to moderate this panel, but I find it is a sorry sign of the times that we professional journalists must devote an entire hour and a dais full of attorneys to these subjects.

Oh, for a return to the days of pitching a good idea, writing a great story, and receiving fair compensation. In today’s feeding frenzy to control content, a process so simple and mutually beneficial has become an anachronism.

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