Jon Kelvey is 37 years old. He works at the Carroll County Times, a small daily newspaper owned by Tribune Publishing Company, based in Westminster, Maryland. Kelvey, a reporter since 2012, has a wife and a young daughter, and is the family’s sole breadwinner. His annual salary is $36,500, a figure Kelvey estimates makes him the highest-paid writer in the newsroom. But the difference between his wage and the cost of living means Kelvey must still use the same community food banks that he has often been called on to write about.
I’ll add that as a full time reporter AND full time freelancer, I frequently patronize two area food banks I have also, at times, had to cover (I’m typing this from the waiting room of one in fact). That’s a mild conflict of interest that could be avoided by a living wage. https://t.co/rObGzl3TXM
— Jon Kelvey (@JonKelvey) June 4, 2019
Kelvey, a member of the Chesapeake News Guild, is one of many Maryland-based reporters rallying for more pay from Tribune Publishing, which recently announced a $56 million payout for its shareholders. Other members of the Chesapeake News Guild—whose newsrooms include the Times, papers in the Baltimore Sun Media Group, and the Annapolis-based Capital Gazette, where five staffers were killed by a gunman last year—have shared their financial struggles online. Some are looking for supplemental work that fits with a reporter’s erratic schedule; others lament hourly pay that amounts to less than $15.
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