What’s She Compensating For?

Good news for all you tired, you poor, you huddled bloggers yearning not to work for free: you might be getting paid! Well, someday! Down the road! Maybe!

In an interview with Colby College’s alumni magazine (h/t: Jeff Bercovici), Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan allowed the possibility that the “newspaper of the future” might eventually—gasp!compensate its bloggers.

Asked by Colby Magazine whether HuffPo has plans to pay its contributors, Morgan responded:

Not all of the plays have been written yet for this company. That said, we have a very good relationship with our bloggers; we’re unbelievably respectful of them. By blogging, they get terrific exposure and our brand gives them a unique platform. We’ve had a positive two-way relationship with them. Could that include money at some point? Sure. But it feels very 1993 to say, ‘Hey, it’s all about the check that I get at the end of the month.’

I don’t know, Betsy. Saying that feels very 2008 to me…

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.