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Huff Po Travel- how does it work?
Posted - 9/12/2013 9:22:40 AM | show profile | flag this post
Hi I'm just wondering how writing for Huff Po travel works... I know writers don't get paid, but are you allowed to take comps or press trios (if they are asking writers to write for free I would assume this is the case..)? Is it fair to tell a hotel/pr person you are on assignment for the HuffPo? Would love some guidance and advice here. Thanks!
Posted - 9/12/2013 12:21:07 PM | show profile | flag this post
These are all questions to ask the editor who gives you the assignment. The reason for asking the editor is that he or she will provide you with current information.
Posted - 9/12/2013 12:25:52 PM | show profile | flag this post
One thing you could do meantime is call the editor and ask for writers guidelines to be sent to you.
Posted - 9/13/2013 12:12:55 PM | show profile | flag this post
Disclaimer: It's been about four years since I last (ghost) wrote a blog for HuffPo so I apologize if my info is out-of-date. There are two tiers at HuffPo -- paid staff/writers and everyone else. Most people are everyone else. If you want to "write for HuffPo" then go through the usual process. Contact the travel editor, pitch your ideas, etc. If you want to "blog about travel on HuffPo" then use the contact form on the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a sample post and bio. They will either say yea or nay. If they say "yea," they will set you up to submit your posts and deal with any comments through a password protected portal. I wrote for food and once we were approved, I submitted each blog through the portal and after a while it would appear. There was no communication with a HuffPo person. Sometimes your blog is chosen to be featured---most times it's buried under "recent blog posts." You won't get paid. You won't be "writing for HuffPo', so what you do on behalf of your blog (accept comps, whatever) is, if I remember correctly, up to you as long as it can't get HuffPo itself in some sort of trouble.
Posted - 9/13/2013 4:05:31 PM | show profile | flag this post
Thanks for the info. I am already set up as a HuffBo blogger for a different section and I just wasn't clear how it worked for other sections, especially travel and editors dont seem to want you to run a story idea past them. It seems that as long as you follow the guidelines your posts will be approved.