Looking to hire a writer? Check your comments section

Columbia Journalism Review
It makes sense to mine the comments and find someone whose writing voice matches that of the site. “Daily Kos embraces this idea fully, hiring almost exclusively from its comments section,” writes Alysia Santo. Gawker Media’s Nick Denton is known to put commenters on the payroll, too. Ryan Tate was hired after he mocked a job posting on Gawker looking for writers. Richard Lawson posted comments on Gawker as LOLcait while he sold ads for Gawker Media. “I just wanted to prove to myself that I could participate in this thing,” he says. “Then I kind of became addicted to it.” Denton eventually moved him to editorial. The Gawker Media boss notes that the comments section design has been changed so that comments are displayed in the same width and in the same font as the body of the article. “We want to treat the best of the comments with the typographic respect that we’d give to an article produced by one of our writers.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    See that, Poynter? You’ve found your man! Give him a blog. Call it “Tin Foil.” Because it’s all about crowdsourcing and citizen journalism.

  • Anonymous

    One major problem with this concept:  Lockheed Martin runs a draconian censorship regime for U.S. agencies/commands that covertly intercepts and censors (in real-time) comments  of citizens who have been extrajudicially “targeted” as “dissidents” or slandered as undesirables, reports this veteran journalist.  Now, will Poynter censor THIS comment? 

    IF LINK SABOTAGED, see NowPublic.com/scrivener, “U.S. Gov’t Censors Internet Policital Speech Via Fraud and Deception.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Well, if Daily Kos and Gawker are doing it, then it’s *obviously* a great idea. 

  • Anonymous

    So far, no job offers.