The Huffington Post is a plucky internet startup owned by AOL, a rinky-dink mom and pop shop whose stock prices have barely tripled over the past three years, and who brought in a laughable $606 million in revenue in the 2nd quarter this year, pitifully claims a paltry 81 million monthly unique visitors around the world, generating a mere 1 billion page views a month, a number that has embarrassingly only doubled in the last year. All in all, it’s no wonder that they are asking for your help to pay one of their employees.
In a partnership with The Beacon Reader, the struggling website is sponsoring something called the Ferguson Fellowship, in which it will train a young citizen journalist under the tutelage of one of their more seasoned reporters for a year.
“Make sure Ferguson isn’t forgotten,” the crowdfunding page explains. No one wants that, naturally.
“In partnership with The Huffington Post, your backing can train and fund a promising new journalist in Ferguson for the next year.”
That certainly seems like a worthy cause, and the young woman in question, Mariah Stewart, is surely a promising talent.
“For the first time, you have the power to ensure on-the-ground coverage from Ferguson remains a part of the national conversation,” the explanation goes on. “The first Ferguson Fellow, Mariah Stewart, has already made an impact with her coverage on Beacon. But she can do even more with training, guidance, and support from The Huffington Post.”
And by support from the The Huffington Post they mean support from you.
With your support, Mariah will learn the intricacies of public records requests. She’ll use those skills to investigate the funding sources and uses of military gear in St. Louis County, follow efforts to reform police procedures aimed at curbing abuse and monitor the ongoing activity of local police and their unfolding relationship with the local community. To enable this, we’re aiming to crowdfund at least $40,000 for 12 months of coverage plus benefits. After the first year, we’ll continue the fellowship if interest remains.
In case you’re one of the last remaining people on Earth who haven’t contributed to the HuffPo, here’s a quick look at the disclaimer you have to agree to to do so:
You are independent. By submitting blog posts to us, you are an independent contractor, not an employee of Huffington Post. You agree that you are not entitled to, and don’t expect any wages or compensation for the content that you submit. You also agree that by submitting blog posts to us you are not eligible for any employee benefit plans or programs. You must obtain and pay for your own computer, Internet access, third-party clearances and licenses and everything else you need to create and submit your blog posts to us. You cannot hold yourself out as our agent or representative or attempt to bind us to any obligations.
In conclusion: The Huffington Post can go fuck themselves with their bullshit fellowship.