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Posts Tagged ‘Mario Ruiz’

Huffington Post Bloggers Looking For Compensation

When news broke that The Huffington Post was acquired by AOL for a cool $315 million, many HuffPost contributors have their hands out and are asking “How do I get my piece of the pie?”  A group of Huffington Post bloggers have grown frustrated that they receive no payment for their writing and have taken their cause to the web with the creation of the “Hey Arianna, Can You Spare a Dime” Facebook group.  A post on the group’s wall lays out their mission in rather straightforward terms.

This $315 million buyout by AOL, along with [Arianna Huffington's] $4 million annual salary, was built on the backs of hard-working writers who never saw a dime for their labor. We call on Ms. Huffington to live up to the ideals she so earnestly professes and share her profits with the people responsible for the Huffington Post’s success.

Huffington sent an email to all HuffPost bloggers, past and present, in which she explained how the new AOL-HuffPost model will boost traffic, but will still not compensate writers.

Together, our companies will have a combined base of 117 million unique U.S. visitors a month –  and 250 million around the world — so your posts will have an even bigger impact on the national and global conversation.  That’s the only real change you’ll notice — more people reading what you wrote.

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Exclusive: Huffington Post Bloggers Told to Censor Comments Regarding Arianna’s Airplane Incident**

Courtesy of a kindly tipster, we get this glimpse of the way Huffington Post runs its free content ship. What you see here a HuffPo moderator page, with directives from senior staff posted in red.

Anything stand out? Let’s zoom in.

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The Huffington Post Is Awfully Pale–But Don’t Ask Them About It

Over at Poynter, Richard Prince has a column noting that new media companies are incredibly resistant to answering questions about the diversity of their staff–especially the Huffington Post.

For at least the last two years, Arianna Huffington’s pioneering, buzz-creating website has posted photos of its staff holiday party, and a casual glance shows few people of color.

That might explain the skepticism that greets declarations of commitments to diversity from HuffPost and others that won’t say exactly how diverse they are. They don’t seem to believe that the old Ronald Reagan line — “Trust but verify” — applies to them.

Asked to name the one or two staffers in last month’s photo who appeared to be African American, Mario Ruiz, spokesman for the operation, replied by e-mail, “sorry, cant identify folks for you.”

The photo Prince is referring to, shown top left of this post, is from a recent HuffPo holiday party. Awfully pale indeed.

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Huffo Responds About Bloggers (Not) Getting Paid

huffpobloggersindex.pngMichelle Haimoff posting a piece on Huffington Post, eloquently laying out a clever way for bloggers on the site to get paid for their work.

We posted it. Emailed Arianna Huffington about it. And then got this responce from Mario Ruiz:

Arianna is on vacation until the end of next week, so that’s why you haven’t heard back from her. But in answer to your question, The Huffington Post pays its editors and staff writers, of whom there are now more than 60, but not its bloggers, of whom there are over 3,000. While not paid, they have no deadlines or quotas. The bloggers are posting their opinion, and do so as often or as infrequently as they like because they value the large audience and prominent platform which HuffPost provides them. The site continues to expand and has recently hired additional writers and editors.

Which is verbatim what Huffington has said in other interviews. So we didn’t think it was particularly remarkable. Just repeating the party line. We’ve said in the past, newspapers (those with the circulation of Huffpo) when they print op/eds they pay for them. Those writers don’t have a deadline or quotas. It’s just giving their opinions. It’s not like Huffpo commenters are asking for cash. It’s the content providers. We think its a little self-hating to not pay writers when you’ve written several books. It’s also a precedent. People don’t need an excuse to not pay writers, yet now they have a big one. “Huffington Post doesn’t pay you, why should we?”

Anyway, we neglected to post the response we got. Then we got this email from Ruiz:

hey, will you be including my response so it doesnt look like we havent gotten back to you? thanks … Its important that our side be presented as a response

Okay. We’ve posted it. The whole idea is a little like saying strippers just really like dancing. They’re getting exercise and a ‘platform’ to perform, they like hanging out at the club – why would we pay them? They should be paying us for the ‘exposure’. “Good looking chicks like that should have no problems paying the rent.” Ahem.

Bonnie Fuller’s Blog? Blame it on Sklar


Bonnie Fuller is still banging on the keys and produced another Huffington Post entry. How does this compute? Why is she doing this?

We called around, spoke with Fuller’s assistant, who didn’t really say anything, but did confirm that Bonnie writes these posts herself (trust us, we didn’t think she had a ghost), spoke with PR guru Richard Valvo, and then got the goods from Mario Ruiz at HuffPo.

Seems that Rachel Sklar had suggested it to Fuller, whom she’d interviewed here. Never underestimate that deep bond all Canadians share.

Ruiz says that Fuller’s contributions are all part of the vast media cornucopia that Huffington Post readers demand. It’s a refreshing take on celebrity culture and promotional for her magazine.

If that’s his story, he should stick with it.

She’s still on her “be glad you’re a nobody” trope. This time, she’s sure that the animosity between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s mother will spoil Thanksgiving for everyone else. The usual anonymous sources are cited and there’s links galore to the Star.

Clearly Fuller has a deep yearning for self expression. Perhaps she should give up her mad media whirlwind and spend a few years working on her novel, here.


Bonnie Fuller Bites Bad Mommies/Still Cashes AMI’s Checks

All Your Fundrace Belong to Us: Huffington Post


Has the Huffington Post hi-jacked

We went to investigate Hollywood’s big donors, after reading Deadline Hollywood’s post. But the site, usually so ready to hand over personal information, has been re-routed.

Jonah Perretti, who co-created Fundrace, is now at the HuffPo, got to take the site along. According to Mario Ruiz, they’re figuring out how to host the popular site.

So, will Fundrace go back up before or after the Obama fundraiser at Oprah’s?

HuffPo Gets Dan Klores Defector As New Media Relations VP

Mario Ruiz is leaving the friendly confines of Dan Klores Communications for Arianna‘s army:

—–Original Message—–
From: Mario Ruiz
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 4:32 PM
Subject: new job info

hi, tomorrow is my last day at Dan Klores Communications …

Monday, I’ll be starting at as VP, Media Relations.

My email will be [REDACTED], phone: [REDACTED] …

Look forward to staying in touch.


Mario Ruiz
Dan Klores Communications