It's grueling work, and even when Nick Denton isn't lashing the galley-slaves with whips, it can be a miserable dead-end for wannabe journalists. A depressingly credible story about the WaPo. Money quote on the agg-serfs:
They said that they felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward. Will they one day graduate to a beat, covering a crime scene, a city council or a school board? They didn’t know. So some left; others are thinking of quitting.