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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:58 PM
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OL to Movie Writers: You’re Fired, But We’d Love It If You Write for Free
Until this morning, it wasn’t clear what would happen to freelance writers for AOL properties Moviefone and Cinematical in the wake of the Huffington Post takeover of the editorial side of the company–especially since editor-in-chief Erik Davis just resigned. But an email sent this morning, Subject: Moviefone/Cinematical – Status of Writers, somewhat cleared things up!
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"Dear Moviefone/Cinematical Writers,

I know there’s been a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of freelancers and your status as a writer for the site. I personally apologize for the lack of communication, but I’ll tell you what I can…

Sometime soon–this week, I believe–many of you will be receiving an email informing you that your services as a freelancer will no longer be required. You will be invited to contribute as part of our non-paid blogger system; and though I know that for many of you this will not be an option financially, I strongly encourage you to consider it if you’d like to keep writing for us, because we value all of your voices and input."
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The freelancers will be replaced by staff positions, although some will have the chance to apply for positions and some exceptions for specialized writers may apply, the email says.

http://www.betabeat.com/2011/04/05/aol-to-movie-writers...
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JustAnotherGen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:00 PM
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1. Of all the cheap dirty . . .
I have an ezine - It's still small and I'm not making a ton of money -

But every. Single. Freelance. Writer. Gets. Paid.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:00 PM
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2. Gosh, who'd'a thunk it?
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 03:00 PM by Brickbat
Why buy the cow...
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:01 PM
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3. "We value all of your voices and input"
Just not enough to, you know, pay you.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:00 PM
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8. In other words,
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:02 PM
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4. "we value your voices and input" ... Isn't that a warm fuzzy piece of fluff?
Value in this society = $. Isn't that right, Arriana?
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:08 PM
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5. how incredibly republican of them
we want your work, but refuse to pay
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:11 PM
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6. Now we know exactly why AO-HELL wanted Arianna...
she figured out a way to get decent writers to contribute for nothing.

Now, they want the same done everywhere.

Fuck you Arianna and AO-HELL.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:39 PM
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7. "we value all of your voices and input" - yeah exactly $0 worth
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:05 PM
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9. kick
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:08 PM
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10. "We value all of your voices and input, just not enough to pay you..."
Assholes.
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