“A day in the life of a Digital Editor, 2013″

So, yeah, the economics of our business are terrible in some ways. And like everything else, the worst of it falls on the workers, the people making the widgets, doing the journalism, making the beds. The money gets sucked upwards and the work gets pushed down.

Earlier today we brought you the story of Nate Thayer, a freelance journalist who took umbrage with The Atlantic for asking him to rewrite a blog post for them, for no money.

In the interest of fairness, it’s time to direct you to this piece, written by The Atlantic’s Technology channel senior editor, Alexis Madrigal, who tries to shine a light on what he and his colleagues do. It’s a bit tl;dr, but it’s worth reading to understand the modern economics and logistics of digital publishing for many people in the business.



  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    I’m looking forward to reading this, if only to confirm my suspicion that organizations like the one that publishes The Atlantic have yet to disabuse themselves of the notion that they can continue to support an unsustainably top-heavy management structure without consequence.

    • Mother Hydra

      perfectly articulated sir! I fear for the same.

  • http://www.thegraphicmac.com/ JimD

    His article sounds like the typical software pirate trying to justify his theft by saying he wasn’t going to buy the software anyway.