The Critics' Code
A pledge for pay
Skilled professionals should be paid for their work, yet a growing number of businesses are asking writers and broadcasters to provide their services for free. The undersigned members of The Critics’ Circle Film Section voluntarily pledge to uphold the value of professional criticism and help safeguard the future of quality journalism by respectfully requesting a fee for their expertise in print, online and for broadcast.
A PLEDGE FOR PAY:
- As writers and broadcasters, we make a living from our words and expertise. We have bills and mortgages to pay and families to support.
- Exposure is not payment. We will support new ventures, but if a start-up company cannot afford to pay writers a modest fee, it cannot afford to launch a publication. Writing costs must be in the budget.
- We do not accept a market in which only the independently wealthy can afford to be journalists. New writers may wish to offer a trial article without a fee, but this should not be a long-term arrangement.
Mark Brown (Scotland)
Rita Di Santo
Billy 'Chainsaw' Houlston
The following are not Critics' Circle members and have signed the pledge in solidarity:
Hugh K David
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