An unexpected fruit of the NUJ strike at the BBC came in the form of Laurie Penny on Radio 4 this morning. On Off The Page, which ran instead of the Today programme, Penny described how her blog – a kind of socialist-feminist cultural commentary called Penny Red – led her from near destitution to a career in journalism.
Penny, who publishes her stuff on a Blogger platform under a Creative Commons License, now writes a regular column for the Staggers, contributing to the usual suspects such as the Guardian’s Comment is Free. She admits that being a freelance journalist makes her ‘terribly poor’. We hope you find ways of making journalism pay, Penny.