My cofounders and I started Contently in 2010 because we saw the world of journalism shifting. Where newspapers and magazines once provided stable, salaried jobs for reporters, writers and editors, they now largely shun fixed costs for an employment model that relies on an increasing percentage of freelancers. I and many of my fellow graduate students from Columbia J-School had entered the job market as freelancers, and I witnessed dozens of friends lose jobs at newspapers and magazines, only to become freelancers to the same newspapers and magazines. Indeed, statistics now show that about a third of journalists and creative workers are already independent, and that number is only going to increase.
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