Rupert Murdoch and his crappy little New York Post should be ashamed. Three months later, still haven’t paid up on a freelance assignment.
— david ogul (@ogul) January 19, 2012
Veteran journalist David Ogul tweeted the above on Thursday, then sent me an e-mail about his attempt to get paid by the Post.
A photographer (Nick Morris) and I went on a story safari on Oct. 31 looking for the mother of Justin Bieber’s alleged love child. We were promised to be paid the day rate of $200. We spent a full day trying to track her down and sent over some material that was used in the Post story the next day. After making several phone calls and sending numerous emails, we still haven’t gotten paid. Mr. Morris had told me some horror stories of photographers who were stiffed by the Post, but only after we were nearly done with the assignment. To not be paid by a company owned by a gazillionaire nearly three months after rendering services – especially after those services cost but a measly $200 – is ridiculous.
I was told it would take about a month [to get paid]. I was an assistant metro editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune for 11 years, and I authorized dozens of freelance payments. The longest anyone had to wait was three or four weeks. It’s not the money here that is important. It’s the principle. This is the Post we’re talking about, not some struggling weekly.
Ogul made another attempt to get paid after sending his email. He reported back:
I just talked to the administrative editor in charge of payments, Anne Aquilina. She said she would get right on it. Said she didn’t know what happened. Asked me to resend everything and she would walk it over to where it needed to go. I had sent emails and left messages in the past. Been hearing from others that’s how they work
I emailed Aquilina this morning and asked her how long it usually takes the tabloid to pay freelancers. I’ll post her response when it comes in.
FREELANCERS: HOW LONG DOES IT USUALLY TAKE FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES TO PAY YOU?