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The Gong: Huffington Post

THE GONG AWARD is a wake-up call to late payers. This nomination goes to the Huffington Post: a member reports it taking nine months to pay for a piece.

We're not sure how much of this delay was connected with repeated edits. We do recommend that any work commissioned and delivered on time and to specification should be paid for in full, whatever happens to it after that - see the advice in the Freelance Fees Guide.

Neither do we know how much was due to the acquisition of the Huffington Post by BuzzFeed News, completed in February 2021, and the subsequent mass layoffs. But... sheesh. Some people can deliver a whole human in that amount of time.