So, our bloke who did the English BA and MA and has $100,000 in student loan debt. Turns out he’s an editor at the NY Times. And his loan repayments are $1,100 a month or so.
And, err, you know?
Anyone who can actually get hired at the NY Times can find a grand’s worth of freelance work a month. That’s a trivial task, seriously. No, really, putting together freelance gigs to make $5,000 or $10,000 a month is tough, very. But an extra $1,000? It’s 700 to 1400 words a week, one or two pieces! And that’s at the bargain internet pay rates, let alone print.
Which does actually tell us something interesting about the NY Times. It’s written by the sort of people who can’t get $1,000 a month as a freelance.