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Freelancers Tell Arianna Huffington to Put Money Where Mouth Is

Now that Arianna Huffington has some cash from selling her site to AOL, will she finally stop driving down the value of journalism?


AOL's $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post may be great news for Arianna Huffington, but will it be any help to the legions of writers that currently give her content for free?

If she scales her freelancer payment habits—continuing to offer exposure in lieu of actual money—it could be terrible for journalists, further driving down the pay rates for online reporting.

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AOL and The Huffington Post Create Click-Generating Chimera

AOL, the struggling internet behemoth of the 1990s, is going to acquire The Huffington Post for $315 million. Will the public benefit?


According to news released early this morning, AOL, the struggling internet behemoth of the 1990s, is going to acquire The Huffington Post, the flourishing media mini-empire of right now. AOL will pay $315 million for the site, and Arianna Huffington will become president and editor in chief of a new "Huffington Post Media Group" that includes all of AOL's national and local news as well as TechCrunch, Engadget, and even MapQuest (yes, MapQuest still exists, and even has some advantages).

The New York Times explains the apparent logic:

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Tonight: Waiting for Superman Virtual Town Hall

Pose your questions to Arianna Huffington, Davis Guggenheim, and Joel Klein in tonight's virtual town hall discussion.


Tonight at 7 p.m. EST, you can participate in a virtual town hall, moderated by Arianna Huffington, which features Davis Guggenheim, director of Waiting for Superman, and Joel Klein, chancellor of NYC schools, among others, to talk about education reform in general and the film in particular.

The event, which is sponsored by EPIX and Paramount Pictures, will be streamed live here and is intended to evoke the atmosphere of a traditional town hall by encouraging discussion and debate around the making of the film and the issues that it raises. Viewers will be able to pose questions to the panelists in real time—as well as interact with each another.

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