Written by Terrance Johnson, Staff Writer
With the journalism industry in a slow decline, Facebook has decided to open up Instant Articles to any publisher; any publisher being professional media organizations as well as freelance and amateur writers.
This means that anybody will have access to the same revenue streams as Facebook’s professional partners as long as they sign up for Facebook’s Audience Network and have a Facebook ‘page,’ according to a company spokesperson.
Instant Articles participants will receive about 70% of the revenue from ads sold within their stories if they let Facebook do the selling. This could prove to be a great market for freelance journalists to increase their pay.
With traditional newspapers going out of style, and online platforms becoming more popular, this could be the direction that the field of journalism is going in. Social media features have already been incorporated in traditional newspaper’s online platforms, so it comes as no surprise that social media is now incorporating actual news reporting on to their platforms.
Writing is difficult work, but compensation for that work seems to be wearing thin in the Digital Age. Writers need a new and innovative way of getting compensated for their work and in this case, Facebook seems to be trying to help find a solution to the disruption they helped cause in the journalism industry.
“Importantly, all Instant Articles need a web link as well, so someone participating couldn’t simply publish their work via Facebook only,” said Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed News Reporter. “They could, however, set up a simple website to stage the posts, and use Instant Articles as the primary distribution mechanism.”
It would still be hard to get paid a decent amount considering the rates for online ads, but getting paid anything is certainly better than writing just for attention.