Post-merger, AOL and Huffington Post have wasted no time slashing brands and jobs. But once the great clean-up is over, who are they looking to hire for their newer, bigger, and (hopefully) better joint brand?
TechCrunch is reporting that AOL HuffPost is looking to hire from its freelancers, but only professional journalists this time around.
Peter Goodman, editor for business and technology news for the Huffington Post, held a conference call for freelance business writers. One of his main points was that they are looking for freelancers who are professional journalists (not bloggers) to become staffers.
One interesting quote from Goodman, “We can’t replace professional journalism with an adhoc blogging arrangement….we don’t want to confuse professional journalists with bloggers.”
Our advice to AOL HuffPost: if you really want true, die-hard journalists, consider posting a want ad like this one (arguably the best want ad for journalists of all time). A highlight:
[O]ur ideal candidate has also cursed out an editor, had spokespeople hang up on them in anger and threatened to resign at least once because some fool wanted to screw around with their perfect lede.
That’s how it’s done.