The Star-Telegram sports section has three "correspondents" who are working for $22K a year freelance without benefits. All three have journalism degrees from good J schools, graduated within the past two years and are carrying at least two beats. Is this normal? Should more papers be doing this as an effective cost-cutting measure? Are these kids being exploited?
$22,000 a year is just a little above minimum wage. Don't know if these young correspondents are being exploited, maybe that is what the market is offering. But man, that sounds cheap.
Is this happening at other McClatchy papers?