"JVoices" Jewish Blog to Pay Writers 8 Cents

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The JVoices blog is ringing in 2008 with a promise to compensate its writers over a six-month period. The compensation program will generate awareness about the labor strike by the Writers Guild of America.

The Jewish blog, JVoices (http://www.jvoices.com) will begin compensating contributors 8 cents per post for every day the post remains on the front page, over a six-month period beginning January 1, 2008. The compensation amount is intended to generate increased awareness about, and support for, the current labor strike by the Writers Guild of America.

The choice of 8 cents is a reference to the struggle of the Writers Guild of America, on strike since early November. One of the demands of the Writers Guild is to double the writers' residual payment for DVDs. An example of this, as presented in a short video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ55Ir2jCxk), would be increasing the residual from 4 cents to 8 cents on a $19.99 DVD.

"In a symbolic display of support for the Writers Guild, and in a concrete show of appreciation for JVoices contributors who provide valuable content, JVoices commits to compensating its writers with this symbolic amount," said founder and editor Cole Krawitz. "As an online platform with over 20 contributors, we are all too intimately aware of how important the Internet will only continue to become for creators of media and art."

"Like the TV blogs that had posting black-outs in solidarity with the Writers Guild strike, JVoices also went silent," Krawitz explained. "Now, we want to move into the new calendar year with an innovative and fresh idea to show our support for the writers on strike."

To read more about JVoices, visit http://www.jvoices.com.

JVoices provides fresh commentary from established and emerging Jewish academics, religious leaders, Talmudic scholars, advocates, artists and activists. The blog aims to catalyze transformations and expansions of Jewish thought about religion, identity, and progressive political and social justice issues.

JVoices and its editorial team--Cole Krawitz, Marisa Elana James, and Gavriel Ansara--are not affiliated with the Writers Guild of America.


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