In a conference call with freelancers earlier this week, Huffington Post executive editor Nico Pitney pleaded for patience.
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But as for a timeline when writers will know whether they got the axe? “With an integration of this size, there’s always going to be some level of uncertainty for everyone,” Pitney said on the conference call, as Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici reports.
One writer, who covers criminal justice, noted that the Huffington Post just made its own hire on that beat. “Is it safe to assume I’ve probably been replaced now?” he asked. Pitney’s reply was to not assume anything.
Freelancers have been invited to apply for staff jobs, however, that doesn’t put them ahead of the line of other applicants, Pitney said. “As far as I know, there’s been no communication saying freelancers will be considered first. I don’t think it’s appropriate to say it gives you an advantage.”