Those of us who blog about BC provincial politics know that our sites are monitored every day by nameless people in Victoria, using government Internet domains. It is politely called media monitoring although you won't find that term among the objectives stated in the Ministry's Service Plan for PAB, the Public Affairs Bureau.
They take media monitoring seriously in Victoria. The task was managed in the last fiscal year by Rishi Sharma ($84,759) and Pavan Bajwa ($79,691). Reading 2009 public accounts, I counted 18 media relations people at PAB, order-in-council appointees (politicos) involved at total salary costs of more than $1 million. The typical salary of media monitoring officers is about $5,000 a month.
OK, blog followers, now you know how much your reading is worth. To monetize your efforts at the right price, demand $5,000 a month for reading the news. One other thing, you are expected to write the occasional snarky response when someone dares criticize Dear Leader and his followers.
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