It all sounds very Huffington Post-ish. And when we asked former FishbowlLA co-editor Tina Dupuy via email this morning if we should start addressing her as Arianna, she replied: “I’ve been called worse.”
We’re referring to the fact that Dupuy’s site soapblox.net has rebranded itself as thecontributor.com and beta-launched just in time for the Republican National Convention. The new name is a huge improvement, surely one of the first things on Dupuy’s to-do list when she moved over to the site as editor-in-chief from similar duties with crooksandliars.com.
One major difference compared to HuffPo is that the established professional writers and citizen journalists who mirror on Dupuy’s network will get to share in their portion of TheContributor’s advertising revenues 50-50. LA Progressive and Hollywood Progressive are two local area voices already on board; Dupuy says she is looking for more LA blogs to join the party.
Speaking of parties, Dupuy joked that she is not actually in South Florida this week for the RNC. “As a Cajun American, I just hang out in hurricanes.”
Ha ha. And when we asked our former colleague, who moved to New York last summer, what she misses most about LA, she said: “That extra three hours a day I had sitting in traffic so I could listen to NPR.”
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