I'm not getting something, @tomstar3000. What was the student referring to? Freelance news photography/video? Running a studio?
If it's freelance, what alternative did he believe was superior? And what moral obligation did he think a photog/videographer has in terms of making his or her work available?
I feel like I'm missing the point, here.
(For reference, I worked in TV news/documentary production and hired freelancers shooters.)