I am a stringer.

Posted: November 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

November 17 2011

To whom it may concern,

I just wanted to clarify in case I have been unclear, or what I have said has been misinterpreted.

I am an INDEPENDENT journalist.
I am a stringer for multiple newspapers and contribute to every, and any local and or national news outlet that I can.
I do not SPECIFICALLY work for the Arcata Eye, nor the Times Standard, nor KIEM.

If I gave anyone that impression, I apologize.

“In journalism, a stringer is a type of freelance journalist or photographer who contributes reports or photos to a news organization on an ongoing basis but is paid individually for each piece of published or broadcast work.

As freelancers, stringers do not receive a regular salary and the amount and type of work is typically voluntary. However, stringers often have an ongoing relationship with one or more news organizations, to which they provide content on particular topics or locations when the opportunities arise.

The term is typically confined to news industry jargon, and in print or in broadcast terms, stringers are sometimes referred to as correspondents or contributors. At other times, they may not receive any public recognition for the work they have contributed.

A reporter or photographer can “string” for a news organization in a number of different capacities and with varying degrees of regularity, so that the relationship between the organization and the stringer is typically very loose. When it is difficult for a staff reporter or photographer to reach a location quickly for breaking news stories, larger news organizations often rely on local stringers to provide rapid scene descriptions, quotations or photos. In this capacity, stringers are used heavily by most television news organizations and some print publications for video footage, photos, and interviews.


The etymology of the word is uncertain. Newspapers once paid stringers per inch of printed text they generated, and one theory says the length of this text was measured against a string. The theory given in the Oxford English Dictionary is that a stringer is a person who strings words together, while others use the term because the reporter is “strung along” by a news organization, or kept in a constant state of uncertainty. Another possibility is that the journalist is seen as a “second stringer” where as the staff positions are more of the “first string.” ” (from wikipedia)

Again I want to stress this point:

I do not speak for nor do I intend to speak for The Arcata Eye,The Times Standard, nor KIEM.

I do not speak for the editors of any of these organization either.
Any impression I gave to the contrary was unintentional and a mistake.

I am paid by the piece, I am under NO CONTRACTUAL arraignment with anyone in regards to photography, or journalism , except my blog MarkSailorsArcataNow, and retain any and all rights to my written words, my photographs and videos.

Thank you.
Mark Sailors


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