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Huffpo Launches College Section Calling for Free Labor, Runs Feature About ‘Majoring in Debt’

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We’re waiting for the Huffpo media jobs page where all the laid off journalists write for free (but get exposure) about how there’s no work.

Yes, HuffPost College launched and “hired” a bunch of college students to “work” on it.

HuffPo citizen journalism editor Adam Clark Estes told The Examiner:

We do have a small budget to set student journalists up with equipment and to cover costs, but they won’t be paid on a traditional story-by-story basis. As with the rest of the citizen journalists at Huffington Post, we expect that the by-line and exposure offered by our millions of readers will be the best way to give credit.

Fine fine. No one has any money to pay anyone to create content that drives viewers who make advertising viable. We get it. Just don’t do a huge feature about all the crazy debt college students face while NOT PAYING college students.


Maybe Jason Broog at our sister blog Galley Cat who covered Arianna Huffington‘s keynote speech at Tools of Change conference this week, can explain:

Finally, she addressed the a perennial criticism that many writers on the site don’t get paid. “Self expression is the new entertainment,” she explained. “We never used to question why people sit on the couch for seven hours a day watching bad TV. Nobody ever asked, ‘Why are they doing that for free?’ We need to celebrate that moment rather than question it.”

Uh huh.

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