While there has been a general lack of data on the impact of COVID-19 for writers, it is clear that freelance writers have been seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Take the airline industry as an example:
Available data shows that four of the five biggest inflight magazines have shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If major magazines like Delta Sky and Southwest, reputed for paying writers a minimum of $1 per word, have had to shut down due to COVID-19, you can only imagine what it means for smaller players.
The impact of COVID-19 extends beyond just the airline industry; the travel, hospitality, education, tech, transportation, and real estate industry are just a few of the major industries affected — and many of the magazines and publications that pay writers in these niches have had to put things on hold due to the pandemic.