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Watch out: The worm will turn


Vol. 2, No. 28, 1/8/2001

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Vol. 2, No. 28 Watch out: The worm will turn August 1, 2001

Yvette Nielsen, Editor, yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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While the Code Red worm wreaks havoc with Internet servers around
the world, a more insidious parasite eats away at our souls and

That parasite is old media - print media, to be precise.

For decades, the media fat cats have been exploiting freelance
writers, editors, illustrators and photographers.

As proof, a study by America's National Writers Union has found
that freelance journalist rates have declined more than 50 per
cent since 1960.

Advertising revenues might be down but that's no excuse to slash
content - on or offline. It's the stuff people are paying for,
after all.

But, like Oliver Twist, if you're bold enough to ask for more
money, you'll soon discover that your employer could care less.
If you won't work for peanuts, they'll find someone else - no
doubt a full-timer wanting pocket money - who will.

Content creators can take some comfort in the Tasini vs New
York Times case (a 7-2 decision in favour of freelance writers)
and the recent US federal court ruling that book contracts do
not automatically cover electronic rights, contrary to the claim
of Random House.

Content belongs to the creator unless you sign it away - or choose
to take it away.

I'm beginning to think we should pack up our bats and balls and
take our content home to our own sites and e-newsletters - cut
out the unappreciative press barons and publish/promote ourselves.

Down with the penny-pinching princes of print. Long live the kings
and queens of computer screens.

What do you think? Have your say in brizcomm's discussion board or
chat room: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/extras/chat.asp


Code Red worm:

Freelance rates fail to keep up with inflation:

Tasini vs New York Times:

Ruling against Random House:


1. Web content tip - publishing secrets
2. Date claimers
3. Columns
4. The Y Files (Q&A)
5. Surf Club - web site reviews
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Want to become an online publisher and cut out the middlemen?

Think about a subscription-based web site. This article will set you
on the road to riches, or at least point you in the right direction:



2. Women in IT launch mentor group

If you're looking for a mentor to help you in your IT direction or
you'd like to share your own skills and experience, come along to
the launch of WIT's Mentoring Group in Brisbane on August 22.

You'll have to fill out a short survey first as registration so you
can be "computer matched" before the night where you can mingle
and get to know each other over a glass of champers and nibbles.

Contact Megyn Carpenter via mmcar@gil.com.au

Other dates:

* August 28, Brisbane - WIT lunch - Wendy Edmond, Minister for Health
and Minister assisting the Premier on Women's Policy

* September 20, Brisbane - IT and the Law (joint event with WIT and
Women Lawyers Association) - Brisbane

See http://www.wit.org.au or email witsecretariat@mlaa.com.au


3. Columns

Pollyanna takes the wheel this week with her recount of a refresher
course for older drivers.

Toowoomba teenager Sam Herrick reviews the book, "Augustine's Lunch",
about a young boy with a gift for cooking.

Read them at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp


4. The Y Files (Q&A)

Email your content-related question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au or
read previous Y Files at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

(INCENTIVE: I'll send you a new book for your trouble).


5. Surf Club - web site reviews (exclusive to brizcomm readers
and listeners of ABC Radio's Peter Gooch on Monday evenings)

Top 10 Honeymoon Spots
If you can't decide where to go for your honeymoon, narrow the
choice to 10. This annual list compiled by About.com reveals
the most popular destinations along with the most popular
accommodation for each spot. Number 1? Hawaii, of course.
In a net shell: Top spots.

The Honeymoon: How to make it last
Theories abound on the origin of the word "honeymoon". Some
believe it arose through the ancient Teutons' practice of drinking
honeyed wine (hydromel) for 30 days after marriage. Hydromel,
also known as mead or metheglin, not only symbolised the sweetness
of marriage but reputedly had aphrodisiacal properties. Learn more.
In a net shell: Drink up.

Healthy Flying with Diana Fairechild
Before you take off, pick up a few tips to ensure a safe, healthy
flight. You'll find useful information, entertaining stories,
facts and advice on subjects from ear pain and jet lag to air rage
and upgrades.
In a net shell: Air care.

Discovery.com Travel Channel
This site is a one-stop port for everything to do with travel.
You can plan and book a trip, swap stories in the forums, or find
handy tips and tools (including live camera views and converters).
Join My Discovery for a free newsletter with discounts, reminders
and advice.
In a net shell: Discover yourself.

Auntie M's Classic Jokes: Honeymoons
Auntie M has a wicked sense of humour and you should consider
packing an extra smile too before setting out on any holiday.
See the funny side of honeymooning then peruse the dating,
sex, men, women, holiday and dating categories for more laughs.
If you're offended easily, steer clear.
In a net shell: Naughty Auntie.

Help avoid unwanted surprises on arrival at your accommodation
with this free interactive hotel video library. Take a guided
"walking" tour through select hotels worldwide. Check out the
rooms, amenities, restaurants and views before leaving home.
You'll also find handy maps showing nearby attractions and
In a net shell: Free previews.


6. Reader's Choice (archives in Surf Club at www.brizcomm.com.au)

Come on, I don't want to do all the work myself. Email your brief
review of a favourite site to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

(INCENTIVE: I'll send you a new book).


7. Weekly chuckle

A Dog named Mace

A mechanic who worked out of his home had a dog named Mace.

Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass on the mechanic's
backyard lawn, so the mechanic had to keep Mace inside.

The grass eventually became overgrown. One day the mechanic was
working on a car in the backyard and dropped his wrench, losing
it in the tall grass.

He couldn't find it for the life of him, so he decided to call
it a day.

That night, Mace escaped from the house and ate all the grass
in the backyard. The next morning the mechanic walked outside and
saw his wrench glinting in the sunlight.

Realising what had happened he looked toward the heavens and

[Are you ready?]

[Are you SURE?]

[Okay, you asked for it]

"A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound, that saved a wrench for me!"

* Chuckle archives are in Free Tips on http://www.brizcomm.com.au


New media: Free the freelancers from the clutches of the old.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 61 (0)41 771 8683

brizcomm - online content consulting and training

PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia
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