Mediatwits #3: HuffPost Lawsuit and Grading AOL; ‘Write More Good’ Author

    by Mark Glaser
    April 15, 2011
    Bloggers have threatened to strike against the Huffington Post and now Jonathan Tasini has sued the site for $105 million for not paying bloggers

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    Ken Lowery

    Welcome to the third episode of “The Mediatwits,” the new revamped longer form weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser along with PaidContent founder Rafat Ali. This week’s show looks at the recent $105 million lawsuit brought against Huffington Post for not paying its bloggers, as well as our grades for AOL’s various business moves, including the hyper-local Patch sites and buying TechCrunch.

    Our guest this week is Ken Lowery, one of the co-editors and co-authors of the @FakeAPStylebook on Twitter and the new book “Write More Good.” Plus, we give first impressions on the new “Street Fight” online magazine about the hyper-local news business.

    I would say @FakeAPStylebook was a contributing factor in me having the job that I have now. Success in social media is the Holy Grail for any company." - Ken Lowery

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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Mark switches from AT&T to Verizon

    1:20: Mark loves the Verizon iPhone

    2:37: Rafat sticking with AT&T

    Huffington Post lawsuit

    5:00: Rafat thinks the web is built on user-generated content

    6:15: Mike Elk even says he won’t support lawsuit

    6:45: Rafat doesn’t believe in unions for writers

    Grading AOL

    9:15: Mark discusses long history of AOL re-inventions

    11:45: Rafat gives an “A” for effort to Patch, but “D” for execution

    12:50: Rafat gives a “B” for AOL buying TechCrunch

    14:05: Mark gives an “A-” for AOL buying Huffington Post

    Q&A with Ken Lowery, co-author of “Write More Good”


    15:52: Ken Lowery joins Rafat and Mark

    17:55: How the Bureau Chiefs started with a Gmail group

    19:20: Rafat says literary agents are trolling Twitter now

    21:10: Ken meets woman who runs @APStylebook feed

    23:00: Ken talks about “The Content Farm” spoof site

    Street Fight website launch

    26:33: Mark and Rafat discuss new hyper-local site

    27:40: Rafat thinks it’s a longshot to bring in revenues

    More Reading

    Huffington Post Writer Sues the Huffington Post/AOL at the LA Times

    The Unpaid Writers’ Lawsuit Against Huffington Post is Bunk at Slate

    Is Blogging for Free Better Than Nothing? at WSJ Speakeasy

    About that Lawsuit… by Arianna Huffington

    @FakeAPStylebook on Twitter

    The Bureau Chiefs

    Write More Good

    The Content Farm parody site

    How to Watch TV at the Content Farm

    Street Fight e-magazine

    Be sure to vote in the MediaShift poll about the future of AOL:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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