THERE'S A CERTAIN SELF-INDULGENCE on my part at play here, but these science writers, all of whom I respect, have something worthwhile to say about the ever-more perilous state of authentic journalism, the essential kind done by trained, experienced scribblers who care about integrity, honesty, craft, political and institutional neutrality, and the essential work of literate knowledge journalism.
Any writer trying to do the work in the gig economy will rejoice at this, from the estimable Ann Finkbeiner:
May I take this opportunity to get ravingly pissed off by THOSE FUCKERS WHO WON’T PAY MONEY BUT TELL YOU ABOUT THE GREAT EXPOSURE YOU’RE GETTING WITH ALL THAT CLICKING. Thank you. I appreciate your tolerance.