NowPublic is a Vancouver-based citizen journalism site which was recently purchased by Examiner.com.
"As mentioned last week, because you've posted articles, photos or video to NowPublic, our sister site, Examiner.com, is now inviting you to also become an Examiner if you live in one of the 160 US or Canadian cities where they have an edition; or for one of the two national editions."Whoopee! A paying gig!
Uh, yeah. Funny thing about that.
Examiner.com pays contributors relative to viewership of their stories, and length of time spent on their story's page.
Because I'm a journalist, I wanted to know more about Examiner.com, so I did what every journalist does: I Googled "examiner.com" and read the Wikipedia article.
It turns out Examiner.com is owned by the Clarity Media Group which, in turn, is affiliated with AEG which is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company.
The Anschutz Company is a private company whose CEO, Philip F. Anschutz, is right-wing, conservative Christian supporter of George W. Bush.
He's kind of like a low-rent version of Rupert Murdock.
Yeah for me! I'm helping an incredibly wealthy man become wealthier so he can make donations to political causes I abhor! Lucky, luck me.
Clarity Media Group