Week 8 Link: Not Paying Writers

I’m taken aback at the fact that the Huffington Post editor thinks journalism is only authentic when you don’t pay the writer.

The editor-in-chief of Huffington Post UK, Stephen Hull, said:

If I was paying someone to write something because I want it to get advertising, that’s not a real authentic way of presenting copy. When somebody writes something for us, we know it’s real, we know they want to write it. It’s not been forced or paid for. I think that’s something to be proud of.

He’s paid to write and edit. But other writers or bloggers for Huffington Post aren’t.

Many individuals in the arts aren’t paid. And if they are paid, they aren’t paid well. Yet I wonder what the world would be like if we didn’t pay doctors or lawyers or engineers for the work they do.

My bigger issue with this is the message this business is sending to other companies.

It’s okay not to pay. That’s how you preserve authenticity. 

I personally can’t agree or adopt that logic.

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