‘I’m saying ‘no’ less’: How freelance writers are navigating the media turbulence

On February 24, freelance writer Giulia Pines learned that she had lost $2,000 worth of work from a key client for the month of March. “That was my first inkling that something big was on the horizon,” Pines said. In March, work declined further, leading her to apply for unemployment. It’s been over a month since applying and Pines said she has still not heard back.   This situation is not unique to Pines. Nearly every one of the 10 interviewed by Digiday for this story said they lost from 25-90% of their work for the year due to slashed or frozen freelance budgets.

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