The Charges, Straight From the Freelancers
Men's Journal: One writer's still waiting for a payment since April, 2007.
Genre Magazine: One person still waiting since November, 2007. Also, I'm still waiting for a freelance payment for a story I wrote for them last year. Too bad Genre folded last month. I still want my money, you fucking deadbeats.
Metro NY: Don't respond to calls for payment of multiple invoices, including one more than a year old.
Contemporary: Failed to pay a freelancer for stories dating back to last year; publisher's full of excuses.
Toronto Star: Seems to have lost the ability to pay for a story from April, 2008.
TONY: Screwed a freelancer for a year-old story espite being "harassed endlessly to no avail."
Nylon: Nada for nine months.
Metro Pop: The LA mag has taken more than half a year to pay less than $50.
Canadian Geographic: Still owes for photos submitted last summer.
Zink Magazine: Editors and writers are having trouble getting paid for any work they've done since last summer.
The National (UAE): One writer's had to wait up to six months for a check; funny, since The National is the paper whose leaked salary spreadsheet showed they pay better than 99% of the papers in the US.
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