HuffPo Editor Explains Why He Doesn’t Pay Writers

[gigya src=”https://d15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net/cdn/embed_player.swf” style=”background-color:transparent; display:block; max-width: 700px;” flashvars=”image_option=small&imgURL=&link_color=%2358d1eb&mp3Author=GuidoBard&mp3Duration=167967.0&mp3LinkURL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fboos%2F4197956-stephen-hull-on-profits-and-unpaid-staff&mp3Time=02.14pm+18+Feb+2016&mp3Title=Stephen+Hull+on+Profits+and+Unpaid+Staff&mp3URL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fboos%2F4197956-stephen-hull-on-profits-and-unpaid-staff.mp3%3Fsource%3Dwordpress&player_theme=light&rootID=boo_player_1&show_title=true&waveimgURL=https%3A%2F%2Fd15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net%2Fi%2Fw%2F4585208″ width=”100%” height=”150″ allowFullScreen=”true” wmode=”transparent”]

HuffPo UK editor Stephen Hull squirms as he defends slave labour in an interview with Steve Hewlett:

“I love this question, because I’m proud to say that what we do is that we have 13,000 contributors in the UK, bloggers… we don’t pay them, but you know if I was paying someone to write something because I wanted it to get advertising pay, that’s not a real authentic way of presenting copy. So 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.”

Any writers whose hard, unpaid work has helped boost HuffPo’s traffic are welcome to get in touch

UPDATE: A freelance journalist gets in touch, telling Guido they recently went to HuffPo offering them a small scoop. This was the reply they received:

“Your angle sounds v interesting. However, unfortunately we don’t commission any freelance content on HuffPost, so not sure how you’d like to proceed. You are welcome to write a blog for us (uncommissioned, unpaid) or you could supply quotes and info and I could credit you? Let me know if either of these work for you.”

AOL/HuffPo has $2.3 billion in revenue, yet they won’t pay journalists for stories…




Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Noel Gallagher tells NME…

“Fuck Jeremy Corbyn. He’s a Communist…. the communists don’t care about the aspirational.”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
Paul Mason: Aggressive and Intimidating Paul Mason: Aggressive and Intimidating
James O’Brien’s Carillion Fake News Goes Viral James O’Brien’s Carillion Fake News Goes Viral
Osborne on Carillion: Then and Now Osborne on Carillion: Then and Now
Paul Mason’s Column Axed Paul Mason’s Column Axed
Press-Hating Peers Pave Way for Leveson 2 Press-Hating Peers Pave Way for Leveson 2
Listen: BBC Silences Resigning Gracie Listen: BBC Silences Resigning Gracie
Now Channel 4 Fails to Tell Viewers “Junior Doctor” is Labour Poster Boy Now Channel 4 Fails to Tell Viewers “Junior Doctor” is Labour Poster Boy
Channel 4 News Editor Likes Tweet Calling Boris “C*nt” Channel 4 News Editor Likes Tweet Calling Boris “C*nt”
Watch: ITV News at Ten Forced Off Air Watch: ITV News at Ten Forced Off Air
Sore Ed Backs Press Freedom Haters Sore Ed Backs Press Freedom Haters
BBC’s Top Corbynista “Staff Nurse” BBC’s Top Corbynista “Staff Nurse”
Novara Media Seized by HM Queen Novara Media Seized by HM Queen
IPSO Throws Out Another Skwawkbox Complaint IPSO Throws Out Another Skwawkbox Complaint
Peston Let Down by ‘Three Well Placed Sources’ Peston Let Down by ‘Three Well Placed Sources’
Canary: We Misrepresented the Facts About Laura K Canary: We Misrepresented the Facts About Laura K
Dale’s Top Tweeters Just 17% Female Dale’s Top Tweeters Just 17% Female
The Sun’s Corbynista Columnist The Sun’s Corbynista Columnist
Report: No Significant Russian Activity in Referendum Report: No Significant Russian Activity in Referendum
Ofcom Probing Salmond Over Fake News Ofcom Probing Salmond Over Fake News
Sunday Show Highlights Sunday Show Highlights