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people come and go and probably get more done. I’m trying not to think too far in
the future or I’ll drive myself crazy. Again, I don’t need as much because I’m not
supporting four kids. My lifestyle doesn’t demand much. This is the cheapest house
on the street. We don’t live beyond our means. We don’t have a McMansion. And
we live in Cleveland.
Laura’s documentary films, with the gritty backdrop of Cleveland, cover subjects from e-
preparatory schools changing lives of inner city kids to urban elections meltdowns. Her
riveting documentaries are receiving national and international attention (see her
appreciative reflection).
Sustainability Is Questionable: The Internet Cheapens Pay
When asked if his work as a journalist is sustainable, Ayad Rahim, a cultural commentator
with work in major national publications and a well-received New York Times blog,
responds:
No. Yes, if you have a good product and it’s sellable and there’s a market for it. But
then again, the Internet does pay much. I’ve received $100 for some Internet
articles, but most don’t pay anything. Even ‘Investor’s Business Daily’ doesn’t pay
anything for unsolicited submissions. A lot of opinion pieces don’t pay, like ‘The Wall
Street Journal,’ ‘The Boston Globe.’ I was able to get paid because I said,’ this is
what I do for a living.’ For most people, It’s an outlet for a professor or a think-tank
person to get there name out there. The New York Times Blog gave me $500 a
month and I produced four articles. It’s something, but I put a lot of work into it.
With the pay for Internet blogs and articles declining, Ayad is currently attending graduate
school and becoming involved in a rental and renovation business while writing on the side.
As a creative individual, improvisation is synonymous with improvement. We not only need
an adaptable workforce but an educational system that clearly recognizes learning new
skills is ever-present, continuous, and interdisciplinary. The new non-traditional workforce
is not thinking “majors” but want complementary certification that credits life experience,
offers affordability, and does not require moving; and most importantly recognizes virtual
education as a viable alternative.
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