When a writer isn’t paid by Consumers Digest

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. My court date is next week. I expect I will win, but I don’t expect I will ever see my money. I worry they will declare bankruptcy and not pay any of us. The most I hope is that we can warn enough reporters out there to not work with Consumers Digest.

    • Brett Martin says:

      Hi Debra and Chuck,
      I’m dealing with the exact same experience. I wrote for the magazine for about seven years. Payment was never prompt, but it would eventually make its way to my mailbox. Until this year. I’m also having problems collecting. Randy Weber repeatedly promised to send a check within 10 days, then didn’t do it, didn’t follow up, and didn’t return calls or emails. The editors who didn’t have any problems communicating when they needed something or had questions went silent when I needed help getting paid and when I asked them why they continue hiring freelancers when they know full well those writers won’t get paid. It’s fraud, from top to bottom.

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