Journalists sue Consumers Digest over nonpayments

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Brett Martin says:

    I have also written for Consumer’s Digest and got stiffed on payment. I’m still waiting for a check that was due June 10th. The publisher repeatedly promised to pay me within 10 days. I’m still waiting. It’s tough being stiffed on payment, and also frustrating to be lied to repeatedly by the publisher while the editors I worked with offer zero help and like to pretend they don’t know what’s going on.

  2. Gena says:

    I’m also awaiting payment that was due in May. I’ve written for them for 11 years and was always paid. It took me calling and emailing from May to November before I ever got a response. Weber said he’d be sending out a payment schedule that week. Got nothing. Still no word on payments. They get their $$ from endorsed products purchasing annual rights to use the Consumer’s Digest “Best Buy” seal. I wonder if they just aren’t getting enough endorsements to pay. Even the employee I spoke with on the phone was awaiting a paycheck. I can understand hard times, but I do have plans for the $1,700 I’m owed and expect to be paid per my contract. I also expect the courtesy of being responded to when making multiple inquiries of said monies owed!

  3. Marilyn Zelinsky Syarto says:

    I, too, am a victim of Consumers Digest–and the recipient of Randy’s lies, as well. I am hoping to start a private Facebook group with everyone who has been stiffed, and collectively approaching media to expose this magazine. It amazes me that this publication is still in business. I thought for sure they’d have folded by now.

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