Mayhill Fowler

The HuffPo’s compensation conundrum

If you’re the head of a struggling newspaper, The Huffington Post has
an enviable business model. While content production is almost always the greatest cost in running a publishing/media business, it largely relies on the writing of an
unpaid army of contributors. The value proposition the HuffPo offers
them: exposure to a very large audience.

It’s a model that has been the source of controversy. After all, the
HuffPo is a for-profit business, yet it doesn’t pay the vast majority
of the individuals who labor for it. That’s an especially interesting
thing for a company founded by a person who wrote a book entitled “Pigs
at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are
Undermining America.