Web & Social


Freelance writers are rebelling against The Outline, from Josh Topolsky


Very relevant for journalism, in particular people working in sites like The Verge.


Yesterday, news broke that the Josh Topolsky-founded media company The Outline laid off its two remaining full-time staff writers. Though the company had raised a sizable chunk of money only a few months before, giving it a $21.15 million valuation, that didn’t protect the writing staff it had employed. The message was clear: The Outline will use only freelance talent from now on.

Freelancers, however, are saying no. Dozens of members of Study Hall—a professional support network for freelance media—have signed a letter pledging to no longer write for the website.