Who Owns the Word—Part 1: Journalism
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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In an age of plummeting wages and technological uncertainty, what is the future for the profession of writing? Novelist Richard Russo surveys authors, academics, and critics.
- Richard Russo, novelist and Vice President, The Authors Guild
- Liesl Schillinger, critic and translator
- Will Slaughter, Associate Professor at Université Paris Diderot
A recent Authors Guild study showed that full-time incomes for writers have dropped by 30 percent since 2009—from $25,000 to $17,500. While writers struggle to earn a living wage, tech-based platforms that drive demand for content siphon off a disproportionate share of profits as they create opportunities for authors. Yet writers and the work they produce are as vital to society as ever.
Who Owns the Word is a three-part series presented in partnership with the Authors Guild. Engaging writers from across disciplines and platforms—from journalists to screenwriters, novelists to publishers—the first installment will examine the perils and possibilities for journalists in the digital age—and the role institutions and corporations can play in sustaining the freedoms of expression on which a democratic society rests.
The following installments of this series will take place on December 10, 2018 and January 23, 2019.
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