Demand Media and its ilk can’t be the default solution to the problem of shrinking newsroom budgets—a problem that isn’t going away any time soon. If we’re not careful, we’ll all start to expect less: not just of what we read, but of what we write, and how we as writers are rewarded for it.

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner