HuffPost editor Stephen Hull triggers furious reaction over being ‘proud’ not to pay writers

The Huffington Post’s UK editor-in-chief Stephen Hull has provoked a curious backlash on Twitter following an appearance on Radio 4’s Media Show where he was asked why he doesn’t pay writers, writes Alex Iacovangelo

“I love this question,” he replied:

“If I was paying someone to write something because I want it to get advertising, that’s not a real authentic way of presenting copy. 

“When somebody writes something for us, we know it’s real, we know they want to write it. It’s not been forced or paid for. I think that’s something to be proud of.”

Tweeters quickly condemned him for encouraging the tactic during a time when jobs are being cut and budding journalists struggle to financially survive.

Below are some of the tweets, you can read the rest on this link:

(Note: @edcaesar quoted Stephen Hull)















3 thoughts on “HuffPost editor Stephen Hull triggers furious reaction over being ‘proud’ not to pay writers

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  2. Arthur Mosswood

    I think his comments where taken out of context, it appears to me that what he wanted to say was,he did not agree with being paid to write copy that was influenced by sponsorship funding or similar, much so called “independent” media thees days labors under the yoke of corporate ownership and funding via advertising, as a consequence there is pressure to write copy in such a manner that it doesn’t”damage the image” of their sponsors irrespective of whether or nut critical copy is indeed warranted or based on factual reportage.

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