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Some Reactions to the Bloggers’ Suit Against HuffPo

Our post yesterday about the news of unpaid bloggers taking the Huffington Post to court inspired some retweets and discussion, including this comment by Nicholas Roberts:

I expect the argument will be “we gave our content in order to build an independently owned, liberal media outlet, with the expectation that the Huff Post would stay that way. When it was sold to perhaps the most mainstream, of the mainstream media i.e. AOL-Time-Warner-CNN media complex, that social contract was broken.” […] The sharecroppers want something more than their “exposure”.

That’s possible, though has the fluff-heavy HuffPo ever come off as all that different from a product of the mainstream media? We’re not talking about Democracy Now or In These Times here.

The Wrap’s Dylan Stableford is also skeptical of the class-action lawsuit filed by Jonathan Tasini, noting that Tasini had a good five years to bring up this issue of bloggers not being paid and that Arianna Huffington has never treated the site’s bloggers as equal to its paid journalists.

That’s the biggest problem, Stableford argues: “It appears Tasini is hoping no one in the Southern District Court of New York has actually reads the Huffington Post — at least enough to recognize the qualitative difference.”

Tasini also told The Washington Post that some bloggers were promised future payment, though he didn’t offer specifics. That’s an intriguing claim, but without some proof it’s hard to know what difference it could make.

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Forbes Digital Produces 5,000 Articles A Day

picture-148.pngWant to know what it takes to survive online today? Quantity, quantity, quantity. At least that’s what Forbes believes. In an Folio article about their new blackberry application, Dylan Stableford reported last week that Forbes produces 5,000 articles a day. Being the exacting journalist that he is, one week later he returned to Forbes to ask them the question that has been on all of our minds: 5,000 articles a day?! Really?

Their first response, “This is the combination of staff-written, freelance contributed and partner supplied (from Oxford Analytica to newswires).” Then he asked them to clarify. The break down is below:

We do not break this out, but according to Editor Paul Maidment, the site publishes content 24/7 by editorial staff in the U.S. and bureaus in London, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. It includes staff-written, freelance contributed, and content supplied from numerous content partners&#151including consultancies like Oxford Analytica and McKinsey; business schools like Wharton, Harvard Business, etc; media companies like paidContent and Venture Beat; and wire services (including Reuters and AP) as well as specialist contributors across 10 Editorial Channels and 70-plus sections within those channels.

Considering the layoffs Forbes recently underwent, we’re still suspicious of this high number. If anyone can drum up analytics to disprove this claim, please e-mail MediaJobsDaily. We’re anxious to follow up on this story&#151if nothing else, so the Andrew Sullivan and The New Republic won’t feel badly with their paltry 500 posts a week.

What Media Professionals Say When They Think No One Is Listening

whsiper.jpgThe three day Folio Summit, focusing on changing the business of media and creating new growth opportunities, wrapped up in Chicago on Wednesday. In honor of this event, Folio reporter Dylan Stableford published an “Overheard by Media Executives” column on the website today. Want to know what the head honchos are talking about? Check out these thought provoking excerpts:

“We try to lead with technology, not bleed with technology.”
&#151 Scott McCafferty, co-founder, WTWH Media

“If you think you’re in control of the content your users or readers are accessing, you’re fighting a losing battle.”
&#151 Scott McCafferty, co-founder, WTWH Media

“We don’t have any money. We don’t even have a line item in our budget for digital. We use interns.”
&#151 Joan Henderson, publisher, Oklahoma Today

“We shouldn’t be talking about church-state anymore. We should be talking about quality content that fills a niche.”
&#151 Jim Malkin, CEO, Source Media

“People actually read Discover; people who get Sci Am put it on their coffee tables to impress their neighbors.”
&#151 Henry Donahue, president, Discover Media

For more insightful quotes from these media luminaries go check out Stableford’s full post here.