It’s good to talk

BRRING! This is BBC Radio 5 Live. We want you to do a pundit chat. "How much do you pay?" Well, we don't. "I'm a professional journalist and I do work for pay" Would ¢50 be all right? "OK then - it's better than nothing..." They have, indeed, paid others more in the past. A bit later, a member gets an offer from an agency in the Netherlands to syndicate their article. He queries the contract. They want exclusivity. They won't deal with you if you don't sign. "Then I won't." OK, they say, don't sign, let's work out a deal on this piece. It pays to talk.

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