Huffington Post UK has 13,000 contributors and not one of them receives a dime for their words. For a large newspaper to admit this is similar to slapping a writer in the face. It says their contributions are worthless. Except Huffington Post is making scads of money.
I just read the post written by Chuck Wendig over at terrible minds that exposed (hey everyone loves free exposure, including writers) the truth about Huffington Post. Wendig is calling for a boycott: don’t read it, don’t share its links, don’t talk about it and definitely don’t write for it.
My Personal Opinion: Writing is the only profession I know that is supposed to give freely. It’s devalued because the uneducated person things everyone can write. Every day I see writing–on Facebook, Kijiji ads, advertisements, etc.–that prove to me that not everyone can write.
Sadly, the reading level of people in North America is dropping at an alarming rate. There was a time when high school graduates had a firm grasp on writing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure…just the basics)–they’d never have passed if they didn’t–but now I see graduating students who can’t even write a proper sentence. Does this mean writers will be valued more? It seems the opposite is happening.
You can read the entire article by Wendig here: Scream it Until their Ears Bleed: Pay the Fucking Writers
Warning: There is mild swearing but nothing worse than you’ll hear while waiting for a bus at a busy stop (or in a high school parking lot–wait–no, it’s not that bad).