Thursday, in a letter sent to writers on the HuffPost Contributor Platform, the media giant declared the end of their 13-year run. While HuffPost would remain open for business, the HuffPost Contributor Platform would not – effective immediately.
“When HuffPost launched in 2005, it introduced a group blogging platform that revolutionized and democratized online commentary. It allowed teachers, parents and protesters to share space with celebrities, politicians and CEOs while trading ideas on the pressing issues of the day,” the email read. “Over the years, more than 100,000 contributors have posted on the site, with many of you posting from the start.”
Citing “proliferation of social media and self-publishing platforms across the web” as the main reason for closure, the message continued.
“People have many more opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions online,” it said. “At the same time, the quantity and volume of noise means truly being heard is harder than ever. Those who are willing to shout the loudest often drown out new, more-deserving voices. The same has proven to be true on our own platform.”
Contributors are expected to still be able to access their previous and drafted content and will also have the option to unpublish their posts as they wish, “but you won’t be able to post anything new. We won’t be taking down or making any changes to previously published content ourselves,” the email read.
While this appears to be the end of an era, it’s not the demise of the company as a whole.
“We’ll still be publishing commentary on the site, we’ll just be doing it at much smaller scale, collaborating with writers to share smart, original ideas and making sure that we’re lifting up the voices that have been left out of the conversation in the past,” the email reflected.
And there will be payment for accepted content as well – something that did not occur with the HuffPost Contributor Platform.
As one door closes, two new ones open. The announcement came at the same time that two new sections will begin: HuffPost Opinion and HuffPost Personal.
“We hope to keep hearing from many of you in the future, and more information about how to pitch us your ideas will be published on the site. Thanks for being an integral part of the HuffPost community. Your bold, thoughtful contributions to HuffPost’s contributor platform have helped to make us what we are today, and we are so grateful and proud to have had you with us in this endeavor,” the email said in closing.
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) January 18, 2018