Back in February of this year, I blogged about a PWAC (Professional Writers Association of Canada), Toronto chapter, seminar I’d attended, about journalistic opportunities in “new media“.
Among the speakers was Wilf Dinnick, who presented to a room full of freelancers in various stages of bewilderment, desperation, and angst about the state of their careers, a strong and irrepressibly optimistic case for embracing markets such as OpenFile, which he founded and edited.
In late September, OpenFile ceased publication. (If you click the above link, you’ll see the most recent stories were posted September 28, at least as of the moment I posted this.)
And guess what? A whole bunch of freelancers haven’t been paid, and Wilf has stopped communicating with them.
I wonder if it’s too late to apprentice as a ditch-digger or something.
Here are the gory details, including the open letter written to OpenFile by six Montreal-based contributors who would really like some answers, please: