ATLANTA–Creative Loafing CEO Ben Laynov announced this week that the popular Atlanta alt-weekly magazine would move much of its staff to what he called “crowd employment.” The alternative paper has launched the careers of many local Atlanta writers, some of whom have gone on to thriving careers at global relief organizations, as fishermen, and as participants in public feuds with bar owners.
“Crowd Employment is like the employment version of a friends-with-benefits arrangement,” said Laynov. “Except that, as freelancers, our hard-charging journalists won’t be burdened by those tiresome benefits.”
But some Atlantans, including former full-time employees, say that crowd employment isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Don’t get me wrong, I love the new flexible hours,” said Ned Tagg, marketing guy. “I’ve been looking over my finances, though, and I think I might have to move into a smaller car.”
Creative Loafing promises to move more heavily into music coverage in 2018 which is presumed to mean a reduction in the outlet’s traditional journalism. Laynov says that just makes sense. “Local politicians can be trusted to hold each other accountable. Musicians, on the other hand, are often shy or retiring figures who rarely talk about their work.”
Whatever the future holds for the city’s beloved alternative paper, we salute the great work the paper has achieved over the years. For those of our friends who are experiencing crowd employment, we hope you’ll take care never to end up in The Blotter.