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By adamg on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 12:38pm
Looks like Russel Pergamint's BostonNOW won't simply be another Metro hawked by scary people. It'll be blogarific. The impending paper is holding a blogger summit on Saturday, March 10 to convince local bloggers to let the paper use their content for free, promising in exchange that their words will be seen by tens of thousands of readers in print and untold thousands of people on the Web.
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I worked for Russel
Pergament a long time ago at The Tab. He's always up to sumthin' interesting. I will probably attend that blogger summit. Thanks for alerting me to this.
Don't print journalists usually get paid? Why would any self-respecting blogger allow his/her work to be printed free of charge? This doesn't really seem like a fair deal to me. The paper will have ads, right? Where will the revenue from those ads go? Into Mr. Pergamint's pocket? At least on a blog you can run your own ads and reap the revenue yourself.
because some of us are more interested in fame than fortune
I don't write my blog entries for money, and I'd be happy to see them reproduced or summarized in print, whether by Adam's weekly column or by this new publication.
Credit where credit's due
But if someone's gonna be making money off the stuff you write, it might as well be you and not some guy who's got the bright idea to have bloggers write his paper for him for free.
More power to him if it works, but I sure as hell won't be joining his happy brigade.
I totally understand that, especially given the quality of your writing, which someone absolutely should be paying you for. (Maybe this new paper could give you a regular weekly column?)