HuffPo Bloggers Make ‘Meh’ Statement On Writing For Free



Most bloggers writing for The Huffington Post believe that they should be paid, but even more say they’ll keep writing for the site regardless of whether they get any cash for their contributions.

Oh, okay then.

The results come from a new survey by the Media Industries Project of the Carsey-Wolf Center at UC Santa Barbara, which reached out to 60 Huffington Post bloggers to ask them how they felt about Arianna’s payday. Just 26 responded, which is a small sample size, but the bloggers were some of the most prominent on the site, the researchers said.

The results, according to the MIP:

  • Ninety-six percent of those surveyed believe that their postings are equal to or more valuable than contributions made by paid editors and curators at HuffPo.
  • Sixty-nine percent believe bloggers should share in the $315 million payday.
  • A majority (54%) say HuffPo should develop a flat-rate payment schedule for contributors (based on words per post, for example).
  • Most respondents (54%) say HuffPo bloggers should press their case through some form of concerted action, such as online organizing or unionization.
  • Despite mixed feelings about the merger, the majority (92%) of our sample indicates it will continue writing for HuffPo after the merger.
  • Almost half (46%) of our respondents say they will contribute because they benefit from the exposure their work receives at HuffPo, which in turn generates ancillary opportunities, such as book sales or consulting jobs.

This means, the authors conclude dryly: “The relationship between online publishers and content creators is complex and evolving.”

Yes but 92 percent of these people, including many who think they should have been paid, are still going to write for free. What??