Podnah’s, Rodney Muirhead’s barbecue at 14th and Prescot is finally going to open November 10th. Rodney is an expat of the original, much loved LOW BBQ, which was sold months ago. I’ve gotten lots of emails asking when the new joint was going to open. I’m glad he’s finally made it. One question looms large: will he be able to live up to the LOW reputation? time will tell. He’ll be open Tues-Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Willamette Week set off a firestorm when they announced they are starting a new online feature, that’s not a blog (though they’ll be using the same blogging software that creates the content you are reading now), by which any would be writers out there can now submit stories directly into their website. For free. As in, we won’t pay you anything, but we’ll sell advertising!
But it ain’t a blog, dammit. It’s breaking news, cultural commentary, multimedia and other stuff done daily with the same attention to detail and rigor that you’re used to in the print WW. (Finally!)
And we’re inviting a handful of choice freelancers to have the option of posting on wweek.com too.
As it stands, it’s a no fee operation, it’s more a chance to have a larger audience view your writing and reporting on a more frequent basis. It’s also our way of covering topics that get short shrift in the print edition of WW. If the website starts attracting more ads and traffic then we may reevaluate the compensation question in the upcoming months.
As a person whose voice we already love and respect, we’d be excited to have you be part of our new daily WW. There’s no minimum time commitment or word length or anything. Just the promise that when WW gets you free tix to an amazing arts event, you consider posting a short live review later that night or the next morning.
It’s one thing to ask people to write for a blog… err site, that not for profit (such as PortlandFoodandDrink), but another thing entirely when you are a for profit corporation. The sad thing is, folks will take them up on it, WW will make money, and ‘try out’ new writers at no risk to their bottom line. Lynn over at Oregon Media Insiders broke the story, and the comments have been.. interesting. Now thenot-a-blog has picked it up further, and in Mercury blog tradition, the comments have been all over the place, including a tirade by Matthew Stadler – you may remember him as Gotham’s in-house writer. Good reading.