There's a principle here. And also some money.
--------It's political correctness gone mad!
Sometimes the byline is that of the editor you submitted it to, sometimes someone else. Happened to me a few times, and there's nothing you can do about it. It doesn't matter even if you can somehow prove that you sent the idea in first. They can just say that, yes it's a good idea, but no, they didn't think you were the person to write it. No law has been broken, and they can even attempt to argue they've done nothing immoral if they can make a genuine case that the story was given to the best writer for the job.
This was a bit worse because I did actually get a commission initially, just before the editorship changed hands. That's why they had to pay me a fee anyway, which they did, though it wasn't much. I'm glad it took ten years before I found the IoS story that did run, because ten years ago I would not have reacted as calmly.I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
I'm probably going to do a part-time journalism course next year. I write now (film reviews, don't get paid), enjoy it, and want to take it further.
I've got a couple of mates who are journalists and have advised me to just do it for the love of it and not as a career. One writes for gambling websites (fuck that), another struggles to get freelance work. I can see their point.
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