A decade ago, when the Huffington Post began its rise to success and search-engine-optimization nirvana — and before it built its own newsroom, preferring to rely on the contributions of a cadre of volunteer bloggers — it was frequently the target of journalistic ire. “Arianna is building her business on the backs of unpaid writers,” went the wail. Others pointed out: Um, if people want to write for free, and other people want to read what they write, what are you going to do?
But who knew that one day the editor of a British edition of the now Verizon-owned Huffington Post would make this argument (as captured by the New Statesman’s “Media Mole” columnist):
“I love this question,â€ said Stephen Hull, the editor-in-chief of Huffington Post UK, when Steve Hewlett asked him on Radio 4â€™s Media Show yesterday why he doesnâ€™t pay his writers.
And this is the answer Hull apparently loves to give:
â€œIf I was paying someone to write something because I want it to get advertising, thatâ€™s not a real authentic way of presenting copy. When somebody writes something for us, we know itâ€™s real, we know they want to write it. Itâ€™s not been forced or paid for. I think thatâ€™s something to be proud of.â€
Cue the Johnsonian chorus of “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”
- February 19, 2016 @ 19:47:28 [Current Revision] by Scott Rosenberg
- February 19, 2016 @ 19:47:28 by Scott Rosenberg
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