Saturday, May 29, 2010

Psst! Wanna work for the Herald?

The Miami Herald is getting desperate!

The paper has slashed so many positions there's apparently no one left to write stories.

But they're not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

A few months ago the paper rolled out something called the "Community News Project" which involves culling news from neighborhood newspapers and bloggers and posting it on

There's no pay involved, but the papers and bloggers benefit from the added exposure.

But the Herald needs more (free) stuff.

In the past few days I've noticed an annoying pop-up window that appears anytime I click on any of the links on the Herald's community news section. "Submit your story," it says!
Of course, there's some fine print:
Your submission will be reviewed -- and possibly edited -- by The Miami Herald or its community news partners. It may be published online or in print, either in The Miami Herald or in a partner's publication. Click here for more information on our Terms of Service for Member-Submitted Content.

Frequent contributors will be invited to submit an "avatar" (small photo or icon) to appear with their articles.
Funny, it doesn't say anything about how much they pay.

Let me see if I have this straight. I send the Herald a story and photographs and they can publish it on the web site or in the paper or a "partner's publication" or all three, but I don't get paid? Wow!

Thanks, but I think I'll pass.

But, for the rest of you out there, here's your chance to work for the Miami Herald.

And just like the full-time journalists who work there now, you'll get a by-line and lots of thanks...but not much else!

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