When we first joined the TV blogs in not posting in solidarity with the Writers Guild strike, for not just a day, but until the strike ended, we didn’t know, nor anticipate, that the strike would continue for as long as it has. As time has continued, we’ve found that silence in solidarity has been a strength–generating conversation in multiple ways–and, at a certain point, also requires reevaluation.
The last time the Writers Guild went on strike was in 1988. The walkout lasted for five months.
This one will be long as well, as the WGA pushes for increased payment on DVD sales and for residuals for original and recycled content played on the Internet–the very medium we rely upon to do our thing.
After over a month, we are resuming in order to keep all of you up-to-date, and fill in the gaps. Many of the Jewish papers, if they did cover the strike originally, haven’t written much since early November except for The Jewish Journal, which became, partly, a debate about whether the strike is a Jewish story, or not.
In honor of bringing in 2008, for the next six months, JVoices will be offering 8 cents for every substantive blog post for everyday it remains on our front page.
Why 8 cents?
One of the demands of the Writers Guild of America, on strike since early November, is to double the writers’ “residual” (royalty) payment for $19.99 DVDs from 4 cents to 8 cents.
In a symbolic display of support for the Writers Guild, and in a concrete show of appreciation for our writers who provide valuable content, JVoices commits to paying 8 cents per post for everyday that it runs on our front page through June 2008. Not just to our current contributors, but of course to new ones as well, seeking an opportunity to have their views and voices published.
Read on for the nitty-gritty!
All substantive articles posted to the JVoices blog between January 1 and June 30, 2008 will be entitled to a compensation of 8 cents for everyday it remains on our front page (JVoices is set up on blog format, with a set number of ten posts per page). Payment will be made via PayPal in one lump sum at the end of this six-month period. It is necessary to have a PayPal account to receive payment. Writers who have earned $1 or more (by posting at least 13 times during this period) may contact us to arrange an alternative form of payment if desired.
The editors of JVoices will select submissions based on consistency with the goals of JVoices.
We look forward to your contributions. Bring all of yourself!