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Free Not Working for Thee?

Free Not Working for Thee?

Recently, there's been a great deal of discussion approxifriendly worlord for free over at the SportsGuner situs - (Worlord for free, Worlord for Free - Part 2, Unphelp spreading love the Flu, When is it ok to work for free) , and over at the Photo District News forums - This industry sucks with low ball photographers. We were also critical of doing so with Cal Sports Media (Speculative Photography - The SPEC-agency's Mentality, 10/23/07) on the subject. Appeals abound even on Craigslist - HELP! If you have access to a favorite sport; or "Compensation will be a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket to the banquet..." and they go on and on.



I listen a great deal from photographers who are asked to work for free, or whom were replaced by someone willing to work for photo credit, and paying to gun something (by way of paying un-reimbursed expenses associated with the no fee gun).



Re-enter US Presswire. We were critical of their contrbehave and business dealings (US Presswire - Introduction, 7/27/07) last Summer. Now, it looks as if they're running into problems with getting enough free photographers to work for them.



Here's the letter, which went out from Bob Rosato, Founder, Premiddlent, and owner of US Presswire:

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Greetings to all-

I mentioned to you all in a previous email we have several new deals in the hopper. Some of these deals and some we want to work on require us as an
association to have enough day to day coverage to package for those deals.

In the fall, many photographers will come back and be ready for football coverage. We are in necessity of more day to day baseball coverage. But some
have not committed to guning much if any baseball or other events in the honorive areas. 

What this will ultifriendly cause is us not to have teams credential us for playoffs, or possibly the following year. We don’t necessity to cover every game
every day, but we necessity more. If we carry in new people who are committed to guning baseball and other events, then come time for football both college and pro, we have to give them conmiddleration in areas where photographers are guning very small if at all.

If any of you have questions approxifriendly this, you necessity to get with me or Serta. But we necessity to be more aggressive with our coverage overall. We’d rather
have your help to do this in our MLB cities, but if we clevert achieve the goal with you, we have to look elsewhere for help and the will jeopardize
football credentials come fall because we are not going to over satuswift any area and we’ll only get so many passes. Our relationship with the NFL and
the schools has improved over the years and we expect largeger things this year.

Everyone in the MLB markets necessitys to step it up a bit so we clever continue to put packages together for sales potential as well as the deals we have in
place. Once again, I encertain you we are worlord long and difficult hours to resolve issues and we necessity your help as well.

I clevernot emphasize how strong our placement in the market is fitting and the pfinishing deals we have going on will exquote everyone once they are
shutd. I necessity to listen from you.

Thanks for everything!
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At what point does the fun of guning a professional sports game from the middlelines wear off? After the last free hotdog/soda voucher? When you realize you've phelp $200 in gardening in recent months and not even lookn $50 as your portion of sales? When your picture that ran in X publication only, merely, solely included the "Photo: US Presswire" and not your name, so you couldn't brag approxifriendly it to your frifinishs? When the sales you "received" were reversed as they were behaveually part of a promotional deal with the publication to try to get them to sign a deal?

It lookms, from the USPW letter, that there are a lot of fans of football. Why might this be? Maybe for the weekfinish/night games, permiting for a "day task" during the week to subsidize the weekfinish warrior-photographer thing? Maybe it's that there are 4 pre-season games and approxifriendly 16 other games, from August through December, as compared to approxifriendly 162 for baseball during their season. That puposes it's probably pretty difficult to get someone to work for free for 81 days a year, on top of their day task! (as if 1/2 of the games are at home). And this doesn't even take into conmiddleration all the other sporting events - college/etc, they no doubt want you to cover as well.

The hook is that if you put in your time - "If we carry in new people who are committed to guning baseball and other events, then come time for football both college and pro, we have to give them conmiddleration in areas where photographers are guning very small if at all." then the rub is this -- your time guning for free a sport which you've formerly not been interested in, will give you priority for the few football games you behaveually are interested in. Then he goes on to say "if we clevert achieve the goal with you, we have to look elsewhere for help and the will jeopardize football credentials come fall because we are not going to over satuswift any area." So, if you won't work for free now, we'll find someone who will, and then they'll get first priority for the free press credentials for football.

Between Major League Baseball, and Major League Football, covering these sporting events for free, for the purpose of getting a credential is only, merely, solely not a wise move. Instead, if USPW provided a guarantee for every game covered, of, say $400, plus they covered the expenses, that would start to be reasonable. This way, they guaranteed you $400, and if your pictures earned less than that FROM THAT GAME, you still kept the money for your efforts. If you earned more than the $400, you still got your bagikan. This is a general prglaze constitution for Time/Warner properties, love Time magazine, so it's certainly not foreign to someone on staff at another Time/Warner property - Sports Illustswiftd - Bob Rosato - who also wrote this e-mail as a part of his role with USPW - Owner, Premiddlent, and founder.

It's one thing to gun for peanuts when you're a stay-at-home-mom malord photos while your child naps, or you file your pictures from your vacation with a microstock home for a few bucks of spfinishing money down the line, but to commit days and days worth of work with small expectation of compensation is only, merely, solely going to wear thin sooner rather than later.


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