Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Work for free!

Journalist job websites, Twitter and forums on social media like LinkedIn seem to be proliferating more than ever before with ‘opportunities’ to write articles. Without actually being paid for doing so, of course. If I see one more blurb or get one more email telling me that X’s website will give me ‘great exposure’ and ‘improve my Google visibility’ I’m going to find me some little internet start-up entrepreneur and choke the living daylights out of their trogladytic little frame.
Pam Mandel at Nerd’s Eye View has a longer and much more considered discussion of the issue, in the context of the sale of the Huffington Post for US$315million, a wodge of cash which its heiress owner has managed to command on the basis of lots of people writing for no pay. Make sure you read all the way through to reach the two hilarious links at the bottom.
While we’re on the subject of hilarious (and of unpaid work), here‘s Pete Watts’ take on The Great Wen of tabloid journo Tiffany Wright’s efforts last summer to find someone to do her job for her, unpaid. The original post by Wright on Gorkana is in the comments section a little way down. Enjoy.

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