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The bloodbath continues….

News that Variety is laying off its longtime film critic Todd McCarthy is another sign of the rapid decline of print journalism.

In the last couple of years, dozens of film critics at magazines and newspapers both big and small have been given pink slips as the economy soured and publications began shedding salaried employees with 401-K’s and replaced them with freelancers, who earn only $30 to $50 per review–with no pension plans or health benefits for employers to worry about.

Also, in the Internet age, anyone with a blog and an interest in movies can dream of being the next Roger Ebert or Pauline Kael.

A pity.

The bloodbath continues.

About Robert W. Welkos

Executive Editor: Robert W. Welkos is an award-winning journalist who covered the entertainment industry for 15 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. During this span, he wrote extensively about the movie industry from turmoil in the executive suites, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and box office hits and bombs to visits to movie sets as well as profiles of top stars and A-list directors, cutting edge features on the newest indie films and visits to famous film festivals like Sundance and Cannes. Prior to entertainment, Welkos worked as a reporter and assistant city editor in The Times’ Metro section where he undertook major investigations for the paper as well as covering breaking news and writing in-depth features. Before joining The Times, he worked for the Associated Press in Reno, Nevada, and City News Service in Los Angeles.

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2 Comments

  • March 8, 2010 | Permalink |

    This isn’t surprising considering they can get a nobody to write for peanuts and do the same job

  • March 8, 2010 | Permalink |

    Everyone just goes to rotten tomatoes anyways to read reviews from everyone

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