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Connections: Making sure workers in the gig economy are compensated fairly

Photojournalist Alex Kormann captured a shot of pro golfer Alex Wolff after Wolff won his first tournament. Then the photo went viral, thanks to Nike. The problem, as Kormann sees it, is that Nike offered no photo credit, and no compensation for its use. And Kormann is hardly alone; photographers commonly find that their work has been used for Instagram posts, advertisements, and more.

We discuss who owes what in the online economy, and we discuss how to make sure we’re properly compensating workers – photographers, writers, and more. Our guests:

  • William Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and chair of the photojournalism program at RIT
  • Todd Bigelow, independent photographer   
  • David Miranda, intellectual property attorney with Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.  
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.