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I don’t know what’s been going on in the NY metro area, but you can’t even get arrested. Last week I had two cancellations and one job that actually went. This week so far nothing. Not that it was great before that. Add to that the fact that some agencies use reporters as a source of passive financing, and hold off paying us for 50 or 60 days, and it’s becoming impossible to make a living and to sustain oneself. This used to be a lucrative profession! Someone may be getting jobs, but it sure isn’t me lately. It’s not funny at all.

Erin, I don’t know if Central Florida is busy, but I am in South Florida and I have been SLAMMED all year. I know Florida has a bad rap, and, yes, you probably should get your money upfront from attorneys from Florida, and, yes, not everything is written up. What is not written up, we charge a bit more for attendance. What is not written up, a majority of it is back ordered and they want it expedited, overnight or immediate. The agency I work for is currently DESPERATELY looking for qualified reporters to cover West Palm Miami. I have never had a problem getting paid. The agency is reporter owned, not “corporate.” Florida does not require certification, but if you are an RPR or RMR or realtime, you are a commodity here and there is work to be had. I’m happy to answer any questions. 😀
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