The Pitch is tomorrow – Freelance edition

by Jason Preston on October 26, 2009

Tuesday, October 27th, from 7:30 – 9:30pm, we’ll be gathering at Lucid Jazz Club in the U-district in Seattle for drinks and good conversation. The topic of tomorrow’s Pitch is simple:

Will all journalists become freelancers?

New organizations are already finding it much harder to justify full time staff for what amounts to part-time profit. As our industry-wide dive into digital continues, and news organizations learn to compete with leaner, meaner content producers, something’s gotta give.

It might well be the career.

I can see a future where very few people land full-time jobs at news organizations – a few editors, an ad sales team, and several developers. Most of the writing would come from recurring contracts with various writers.

These writers would be working with a number of different (and probably competing) news orgs on a regular basis, making their living on a per-article basis.

Is that what’s going to happen? Is it a good thing if it does?

Come share your opinions tomorrow night at The Pitch. RSVP here!