Most HuffPo bloggers aren’t professional writers? Let’s check that out

Forbes.com
Jeff Bercovici looked through the bios of the last 100 Huffington Post bloggers to post entries to figure out what they do for a living. “It’s true that fewer than 25 of the 100 bloggers I surveyed identify themselves primarily as currently-working journalists,” he writes. “But that number swells dramatically if you count up all the screenwriters, songwriters, documentary producers and humorists. At least half of the bloggers are published book authors.”
> Earlier: Huffington Post says most of its bloggers aren’t pro writers

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  • Anonymous

    I’m a soon-to-be-unemployed newspaper journalist and also contribute to a couple of sites. Will I expect them to pay me once my income stops? No, because I love writing and maybe my “voluntary” work on these online publications will give way to new opportunities. So really, I wouldn’t mind writing for HuffPo now and then and not getting paid for it. It’s great exposure and I couldn’t care less how much Arianna Huffington makes. She’s a businesswoman, after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.bercovici Jeff Bercovici

    Thomas, I don’t know who you think you’re arguing with. I wasn’t endorsing the strike. I was just fact-checking Huffpo’s claim that the majority of its bloggers aren’t professional writers. They chose to cite that as a defense of their business model, so it deserves to be asked if it’s true. To say this particular line of defense is weak says nothing about other rationales — and in fact, I believe the argument that Huffpo lets its bloggers decide for themselves if they think it helps them or hurts them is a perfectly valid one.

  • Anonymous

    As I expected, you can’t come up with a single name. That leads me to conclude that this is basically a typical beltway journo groupthink frenzy, each person building upon the head of steam from his peers, posting rants about stuff they basically don’t know much about.

    Huffington makes an easy target for you guys, because she’s 1) liberal and 2) a woman. You wouldn’t dare try this on a conservative entity. And you resent that she has made a lot of money — a rich liberal (and a WOMAN) who isn’t “of” the beltway = ripe for a beltway journo freakout.

    And how much do you think this aggregate blog-amoeba should get paid? How much is this aggregate worth, in the aggregate, and on an individual level?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.bercovici Jeff Bercovici

    You’re absolutely right. Their contributions, individually, are basically worthless. If they had any value, the bloggers would be getting paid already. It’s only in the aggregate they’re really worth something.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSUNTE67TUHS36QAOVMR4LC5HA Pink

    get over it already, Jim!!!

  • Anonymous

    Will you please name five put-upon bloggers who supposedly helped make Huffington Post “what it is today” that you believe ought to be paid? I mean, no one misses Mayhill Fowler. I doubt John Kerry or Robert Reich care about getting paid for their contributions. Or Alec Baldwin. Who exactly are these poor deprived people that millions of Huffington Post readers flock to read on Huffington Post? Serious question. What I personally read are the paid journos. I can’t think of a single blogger whose work I’d miss if they decided to “go on strike.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.bercovici Jeff Bercovici

    Huffpo’s spokesman said they weren’t “professional writers,” not that they weren’t journalists.

  • Anonymous

    A screenwriter is a journalist? A book author is a journalist? Since when?