Puffing at Huffington
The dispute between unpaid bloggers and the Huffington Post, valued at $315 million by America Online, continues. "Ms. Huffington is creating a new editorial business model built on the desperation of the twenty-first century journalist," says sports writer Dave Zirin: "It's a business model that enriches itself by selling the snake-oil that, for a writer, 'building your brand' is an end unto itself... I think it's dangerous for the future of our craft and I ain't gonna work on Arianna's farm no more. The virtual picket line should be respected for this reason alone."
The Huffington Post launched a UK edition at the beginning of July: see www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
If you've dealt with HuffPost UK please tell us how it went. What rights do they want? What do they pay? How are they about negotiating rights? You can submit a report directly, in confidence, to www.londonfreelance.org/rates/submit.php or email HuffPo@londonfreelance.org.