Whenever a writer claims an assignment, that writer has exactly 24 hours to turn in a completed draft. If the writer does not turn in a draft by the 24-hour mark, the assignment is automatically unassigned from the writer and they cannot claim it again.
We put this in place to prevent writers from "camping" on assignments for days, compromising both our 72-hour turnaround promise and the ability for other writers who are motivated to turn in assignments on time to claim assignments.
To prevent writers from casually (or carelessly) allowing their assignments to slip into the auto-unassigned status, Presto Media's Editorial Department enforces the following guidelines:
- New writers who allow an assignment to slip into auto-unassign status without proactive explanation are subject to termination at the discretion of the Chief Content Officer.
- Veteran writers who have accumulated special privileges over time who allow an assignment to slip into auto-unassign status without proactive explanation are subject to punitive measures including: reduction of claimable assignments per offense; reduction of writer team access per publisher per offense; loss of access to available assignments per offense (e.g., first offense, loss of access to advertorial assignments, second offense, loss of access to listicle assignments, and so on).
Exceptions will be granted on a case by case basis by the Chief Content Officer. Writers are encouraged to proactively approach the CCO with an explanation for an impending auto-unassign or request to be removed from an assignment to save as much lost time as possible within the 72-hour window of the claimed assignment.
Auto-unassignment without immediate or any explanation will be subject to the guidelines above, and any case of request for removal or auto-unassignment could incur punitive damages up to and including termination.