"Not getting paid for things in your 20s is glumly expected, even sort of cool; not getting paid in your 40s, when your back is starting to hurt and you are still sleeping on a futon, considerably less so. Let’s call the first 20 years of my career a gift. Now I am 46, and would like a bed.." -Tim Kreider, our new hero (if only we could all send him dimes for this one!)…/sunday/slaves-of-the-internet-unit…

They really do admire your work, just not enough to pay one cent for it.
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"1200 words by the end of the week would be fine, and I can assure you it would be well received, but not for free." --Freelance journalist Nate Thayer, responding to a query for the global editor of the Atlantic

"I am a professional journalist who has made my living by writing for 25 years and am not in the habit of giving my services for free to for profit media outlets so they can make money by using my work and efforts by removing my ability to pay my bills and feed my children."
"Hey Arianna, Can You Spare a Dime?" updated their cover photo.
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First, thanks to everyone who has supported our labor action this year by ceasing unpaid contributions to the Huffington Post, and by helping spread the word to friends and colleagues.

We have asked, from the beginning, that Arianna Huffington and her staff meet with us to discuss the need for a mo...

“In the emerging ecosystem, many people want to contribute, from curious citizens who shoot video of events and post them on YouTube to citizen journalists who want to be a part of the crowd-sourced news gathering process,” said Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of the Huffington Post. “But while the playing field is still being shaped, some of the ground rules remain the same, including the need for and value of journalists. And the requirement that journalists be paid for their work. “

Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of the Huffington Post, addressed The Newspaper Guild-CWA’s awards banquet Thursday night, saying that the two organizations agreed that professional journalists should be paid and that the Guild had agreed to withdraw its boycott.

Arianna will be speaking at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay on Sept. 8. Who wants to join our greeting party?

Professional designers have finally had it with the Huffington Post always asking for free shit all the time. You're a publicly traded company now, HuffPo.

Sharing a piece by someone who is respecting our action and not blogging at Huffington Post. Let's help him spread his pro-labor message!

The reason you see so many cell phone stores and ads everywhere is because this is a very lucrative businesses. They are pulling in billions and their executives are raking in the bucks. But they are also squeezing their workers, their customers, and our

We are making real progress; and this is no time to back down. Arianna has upcoming appearances scheduled in Halifax, Half Moon Bay, Vegas, LA and other cities -- who wants to go say hello with some leaflets and signs?

A big shout-out to all those journalists who helped ensure that Arianna was asked about unpaid contributors while on-stage at NABJ today -- to see for yourself, scroll ahead to about the 19-minute mark in her video.

"You noted in your comments a moment ago that there are a number of paid openings at Huffington Post. But you also continue to rely on unpaid contributors -- Will that be the same with Black Voices? And how do you respond to critics that say that hurts professional journalists?"

"I remember being tempted, when I was starting out as a journalist, to offer to write for less than the going rate. But I never managed this because that sort of practice was strictly frowned upon at the time – the reason being that such undercutting would undermine the whole system. " --Tom Hodgkinson, the Independent

The avatars of this "write for free, it might lead to paid work" system tend to make sure they themselves get paid. One such would be the Greek-born, Cambridge-educated Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post, the US news website which recently launched over here....
What's worse than Microsoft asking people to download Amy Winehouse's album on Zune? Let us show you.
"...And when news of the AOL-Huffington Post merger broke last spring, some bloggers who contributed for free to a site that was valued at the time at $315 million, took to Facebook to forms groups and organize social media campaigns against HuffPo, using their own connections on Facebook to coales...

While we wait for @FakeAPStylebook to weigh in, we welcome your short-form nominations.

Journalists have been referring to the site as HuffPo. Will we adapt to AP style?
One of the great and pressing questions of the post-blog age is: What constitutes unfair -- unethical -- aggregation?