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Scoring an assignment from The Atlantic … freelance nirvana, right? Not so much, as it turns out.


A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013

Here is an exchange between the Global Editor of the Atlantic Magazine and myself this afternoon attempting to solicit my professional services for an article they sought to publish after reading my story “25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Rodman trip comes after 25 years of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea”   here http://www.nknews.org/2013/03/slam-dunk-diplomacy/ at NKNews.org

From the Atlantic Magazine:

On Mar 4, 2013 3:27 PM, “olga khazan” <okhazan@theatlantic.com> wrote:

Hi there — I’m the global editor for the Atlantic, and I’m trying to reach Nate Thayer to see if he’d be interested in repurposing his recent basketball diplomacy post on our site.

Could someone connect me with him, please?

Olga Khazan

 From the head of NK News, who originally published the piece this morning:

Hi that piece is copy right to NK News, so…

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5 thoughts on “

  1. ZOMG! The Atlantic! My work in the Atlantic! Pinch me now! Money? Who needs money? I will live on exclamation points!



  2. And exposure. Don’t forget exPOSure.


  3. Ellen www.blithetraveler.com on said:

    Wow. That was just bizarre.


  4. Bit of a firestorm in the Twitterverse, too. Search @nate_thayer …


  5. Nate Thayer is my hero. Someone had to have the balls to say it out loud on behalf of the rest of us.


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