Got an opinion? Washington Post holds pundit contest
In a town (over) loaded with opinions, The Washington Post is looking for a fresh voice.
The field will be narrowed to 10 who will then go through a rigorous competition of writing on deadline, fielding questions, shining on video.
“After each round, a panel of Post personalities will offer kudos and catcalls, and reader votes will help to determine who gets another chance at a byline and who has to shut down their laptop,” the contest explanation explains.
Sounds like the newspaper version of reality TV.
The winner gets to write a weekly column for the Post print or online editions for $200 a column for 13 weeks (that adds up to $2,600 over three months — don’t quit your day job).
“We’ll set our promising pundit on a path to become the next byline in demand, the talking head every show wants to book, the voice that helps the country figure out what’s really going on,” the newspaper says.
UPDATE: The Post responded to our questions about Why do the contest and Why not hire the winner? “Washington is a hot spot for political pundits, and we wanted to give our readers a different kind of opportunity to join in the conversation and debate. This is intended to be a fun contest with a great prize, though we’re open-minded about where it might lead,” Kris Coratti, spokeswoman for The Washington Post, says.
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