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Not quite a green shoot, but MnIndy seeks paid freelancers

I’m keeping an eye out for “green shoots” amid the media’s economic meltdown, and thought I spotted one Monday when Minnesota Independent posted an ad for paid reporter/bloggers.

While it technically doesn’t qualify — editor Paul Schmelzer says he didn’t get a budget increase — the Independent ad is still an opportunity for one or more folks with “a clear understanding of policy, legislation and the workings of state politics; and familiarity with recent developments in online news” whose reporting “emphasizes the role of democratically elected government in securing the common good and social welfare, and the continuing benefits of our founding culture of egalitarian government by the people, for the people.”

Schmelzer, who’s diversifying his roster of contributors, says he’ll pay $150 for the first piece from a “pretty green” freelancer, then more for future pieces. For an experienced writer he knows and trusts, “it’s much more than that.”

MnIndy writers have taken home a passel of local journalism awards; the site gets 3,000 to 6,000 page views most days, though there are plenty of spikes, including a recent one that topped 100,000.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/04/2009 - 12:32 pm.

    “a clear understanding of policy, legislation and the workings of state politics; and familiarity with recent developments in online news” whose reporting “emphasizes the role of democratically elected government in securing the common good and social welfare, and the continuing benefits of our founding culture of egalitarian government by the people, for the people.”

    Whew! Man, that’s a lot of words to say “polish up the daily SorosMemo™ after the 8:45 call”.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0309/The_845_call.html

    I suppose applicants will have to agree to sign on to Mini’s “code of ethics”, too…(snicker)

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