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UPDATED*: AOL Fires Freelancers, But Offers To Let Them Write For Free

Arianna Huffington‘s influence as editor of AOL content is being felt by Moviefone and Cinematical contributors. On Tuesday, freelance writers for the film websites received an email explaining that most of them were about to get dumped:

We will, indeed, be moving away from a freelancer model and toward one relying on full-time staffers. Sometime soon -– this week, I believe –- many of you will be receiving an email informing you that your services as a freelancer will no longer be required. You will be invited to contribute as part of our non-paid blogger system; and though I know that for many of you this will not be an option financially, I strongly encourage you to consider it if you’d like to keep writing for us, because we value all of your voices and input.

And by value, they mean undervalue.

You can read the email in its entirety here, thanks to former Cinematical contributor Eric D. Snider.

Oh, and those Moviefone employees that saw no problem with changing editorial content to please a film studio? They still have jobs. *Moviefone editor Patricia Chui, author of the controversial email above, was fired today.

Big smooches to @KarinaLongworth for the heads up!

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