Why would a professional anything work for free?

January 16, 2009

So it’s not photo related per se, but in this day of increased media layoffs and more and more freelancer contributors, I think it’s relevant.

Say what you will about the Huffington Post, and its, um, interesting way of gathering news, but you have to admit they have made a brand of themselves. Is that why pro contributors are willing to work for a $200 million-plus company for free? The Chicago Reader (who pays their contributors) did a story on one such pro writer. http://tinyurl.com/7yruqd

Personally, I think working for free is horseshit, but I’d like to see what some of you others think based on this woman’s take on it. A good business move? A way to stay busy in a stagnant economy? A hobby? Is her take even relevant to the photo business?

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