Thursday, March 16, 2006

Post reporters to management: Show us the money!

I saw via Romenesko today that reporters at The Washington Post are balking at the prospect of being expected to add blogging to their regular duties with no extra pay to show for the added work.

Apparently an employee who is the sole contributor to a blog (as some Post columnists are) get added compensation for their efforts. But when a blog has a variety of newsroom contributors, those employees are paid the same amount as before blogging was added to their list of daily responsibilities.

Some might say there's a simple solution, simply refuse to blog. Not possible, according to Post Metro editor Robert McCartney, who says that during a meeting with the paper's lawyers, staff were told "that it had been "determined that the paper could compel its employees to blog."


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