Gillmor: It’s time for HuffPo to start paying bloggers

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Dan Gillmor hopes Arianna Huffington will “do the right thing …[and] cut a bunch of checks to a bunch of the most productive contributors on whose work she’s built a significant part of her new fortune.” || Scott Rosenberg: “I think this union is unlikely to end well.” || Alan Mutter: AOL’s “vastly overpaying” for the site. || Bill Kirtz: Ex-NBC boss Jeff Zucker likes the deal. || Tom McGeveran: HuffPo’s already a higher-rent version of AOL’s home page. || Jack Shafer: Some of Huffington’s innovations make me squirm, but…

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Dan Gillmor. Many who became journalists after 2000 are struggling to make a living. The HuffPo bloggers were routinely willing to write for free. That’s the value they put on their work. They don’t deserve a penny.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Dan Gillmor. Many who became journalists after 2000 are struggling to make a living. The HuffPo bloggers were routinely willing to write for free. That’s the value they put on their work. They don’t deserve a penny.

    Wayne Myers

  • Anonymous

    I think we should be a little less juicy in the jeans about what this marriage means and a little more skeptical about its prospects. Step one is that people should pay attention to Dr. Johnson’s dictate “Only a fool writes for nothing” and stop contributing to the H-post unless they get paid. She has the money now, after all. Second, I’m a little worried about what it means that Huffington will be the czarina of news at the new adventure. Does she have any idea what that means? At this point Huffpost seems to be an amalgam (and a wildly cluttered one at that) of wire copy and created content, much of which amounts to what one might call “breaking commentary.” We know she and her site have the chops and the style to be great liberal commentators, but no one really cares what anyone thinks about an event until they know what the event was. that’s what news does, puts the events of the world in order. the measure of the relationship will be how it meets that challenge. she should hire some hacks to help.