Ashley Milney-Tyte is a radio and print journalist. She just got back from a conference of radio journalists and has written a post criticizing that no one at these career development conferences talks about the hard truth of the industry: “You cannot make a living as an independent radio producer. It’s what one of my radio friends calls radio’s ‘dirty little secret.'”
She writes that the most pay that new journalists should expect is “$200-$700 a story, depending on the outlet and the ‘tier’ of pay the outlet decides the producer deserves.” Some pay better—she mentions “everyone wants to get on This American Life or Radiolab, which I realize pay better, but only a fraction will.