‘WaPo’ Reporters May Boycott Radio Venture Unless They Are Paid

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By: E&P Staff

Reporters for the Washington Post are threatening not to appear on the newspaper’s new radio station, WTWP, if they are not compensated, according to a report by the Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe.

At the moment, pay for on-air appearances seems to be based on a “don’t ask, don’t get paid” basis, writes Jaffe, with some reporters receiving payment and others not.

?The Post should openly and honestly tell people what they are going to pay for certain kinds of work,? Rick Weiss, co-chair of the Washington Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild was quoted as saying in the article. ?If they pay some reporters 50 bucks a pop, then all reporters should get paid the same amount. That?s honest and good management.?

A spokesperson for the paper told Jaffe that there is no hard-and-fast policy about whether employees receive money for radio appearances, but that the compensation would depend on the “level of individual involvement by the Wahington Post journalist.”

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