To blog (for free) or not to blog?

So now we have HuffPost Chez Nous, taking its place as the newest “hub of reporting, comprehensive curation, group blogging and engagement.” But the recent launch of Le Huffington Post Quebec drew both praise and ire from the writing community. While the new office brought some work to well-established, local editors and journalists, others feel that the HuffPost’s use of unpaid bloggers is an unfair practice. It raises a new-age question for the scribes of the digital era – should you write for free?

Listen to two local media pros give their views on the debate and make up your own mind. Brian Myles, Le Devoir journalist and President of the Fédération Professionelle des Journalistes du Québec says no, that blogging for free undermines a writer’s credibility and dilutes professional journalism. Mitch Joel, new-media guru and author of Six Pixels of Separation, says hell yeah, and notes that social media should be used as a platform that can lead to notoriety and success. Think ‘Stuff White People Like’ or ‘The Book of Awesome’. And acting in the role of Reason (i.e. Moderator), is Giancarlo La Giorgia, former President of PWAC Quebec and author of Canadian War Heros: Ten Profiles in Courage.

Join us at the Atwater Library for what promises to be a spirited debate.

**Send us your questions, and we’ll pass them to our speakers. (Or save them for the Q & A session.)

The Where & When:

  • Monday March 12, 2012; 7-9 PM
  • Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount
  • Cost: FREE for all.
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