An exciting offer arrives by email from the Metro newspaper:
Hi Adam,Metro are searching for writers and bloggers that have got something to say about the Olympics to contribute to our 2012 coverage. With the biggest sporting event to be held in London on the horizon we want to share your opinions and insights with Metro’s large audience.Having looked high and low, reviewing blogs and searching out sport professionals, we found your website and would love it if you would like to get involved. Whilst you will not be paid for your posts, you will be set up with a profile page linking to your blog or website and your social media accounts - with the potential to reach thousands of readers under the Metro brand, the opportunity to grow your own following is there.If you would like to be considered for this opportunity please reply to this email expressing your interest and we will get back to you with further details. If you know anyone else that might be suitable please let us know too.Kind RegardsEmmaEMMA MILLS METRO.CO.UK
To which I replied:
Thank you for your kind offer to work for the Metro for free. Sadly, in Britain we have this thing called the national minimum wage act, that requires employers to actually pay the people who work for them. You may find the following information useful:
If the Metro is willing to comply with the law and pay at least the minimum wage, then I will of course reconsider your offer.
The Metro is a highly successful and profitable newspaper that can easily afford to pay its contributors.
If it wants "writers, bloggers and sports professionals" to cover the Olympics for them, then maybe it should consider employing some.